I met Dr. Kento Kamiyama several years ago during a Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Seminar. NKT is a treatment modality that addresses the central nervous system through specific assessments and corrective exercises. I was just beginning to step away from a professional modern dance career and into the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer. I began as a classically trained dancer which provided me with a good understanding of human movement but I needed to learn much more in order to train the general population how to move well and exercise. Dr. Kamiyama became a life-line for me in this process. He always makes me feel comfortable to ask my many questions and provides me with the most intelligent answers.
When Dr. Kamiyama became a lead instructor for NKT and started leading his own study groups on the material, I was thrilled! These groups are attended by other professionals in the field including physical therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors, and massage therapists. His way of teaching is always well thought out so that tough and complicated concepts are clearly understood. He is truly invested in his students and wants to make sure no one is left behind during the learning process.
Not only is Dr. Kamiyama a teacher and mentor, he became my physical therapist as well. I spent over a year training for The StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor Certification (SFG), which is one of the most intense programs in the industry. One of the requirements is to perform 100 kettlebell snatches in under 5 minutes. Dr. Kamiyama is an SFG himself so he understands first hand the rigors of learning the bell. During my training, I developed “trigger finger” also known as stenosing tenosynovitis. In just one visit Dr. Kamiyama solved the problem. He watched me do a few kettlebell swings and was able to see the issue right away. I had an intrinsic core “leak”, meaning I lost deep abdominal stability during the swing and was relying too much on my fingers. Most doctors or therapists would have sent me home with anti-inflammatories and told me to rest rather than finding the true cause of the problem. Using his strong physical therapy education, Neurokinetic Therapy and Postural Restoration knowledge, along with his own kettlebell background, Dr. Kamiyama was able to coach me and send me home with the correctives that addressed the root of the problem. I performed my exercises as recommended and my pain was gone, never to return. With Dr. Kamiyama’s help, I was able to pass the snatch test and become a certified SFG. If only I knew him when I was dancing!
After having studied from Dr. Kamiyama and seeing him myself for treatment, he became my first choice of clinicians to refer clients to if they were experiencing pain. One gentleman in his mid-forties had neck pain since he was a child. After seeing Dr. Kamiyama his pain occurred much less frequently and after just a few visits the pain ceased. Another woman in her 80’s with spinal stenosis had a wobbly gait and can now balance on one leg. On the other end of the spectrum, an advanced male climber who continued to plateau in his training due to reoccurring injuries, is now a mid 5.11 climber on a scale 5.0-5.15.
Dr. Kamiyama is devoted to helping his clients achieve physical and mental health. His passion for anatomy and human movement leads him to constantly seek out more knowledge by taking a variety of continuing education courses so he can always bring his patients the best of himself. I know many clinicians and practitioners in the field are inspired by Dr. Kamiyama, his professionalism, and high standard of care.