A client , a runner, came to see me complaining of tight hamstrings, which was bugging them as stretching them daily before and after a run was a constant concern.
They also had one supinated foot and a pronated foot.
Assessing clients posture showed a posterior tilt, and a swayback posture, and over pronated left foot..
What it means?
Well it can mean the hamstrings are “tight” and feel “tight”. Stretching them feels good to do, but always ends back with “tight” hamstrings..
The funny thing is..hamstrings are tight for a reason.
You can stretch them all you like..
They wont let go because they are doing an awesome job of protecting you…stabilising you..for whatever reason your brain deems fit
Could be for glutes
Could be for the neck extensors
Could be for quadratus lumborum (love the name of that muscle!)
What to do about it?
After using NKT protocols to assess muscle patterns, the hamstings were overworking for the glutes.
Checked the relationship between them to be sure, and then spent about a minute foam rolling the hamstrings followed by 5 reps of strengthening the glute max.
Got back pain?
Got tight hamstrings?
Get an NKT specialist to check out the relationship between them
Could just be a little bit surprised what shows up…
I always am..
Todays Neuro Kinetic Therapy wonder was a beautiful lady who was suffering with plantar fascia pain, if you’ve ever had it you will know it hurts!
I checked her calves and glutes.
Why? Check the Fascia back line picture below. Its all connected. If the glutes aren’t in an organised pattern, the brain has to find another muscle to do the work and that could mean the calf muscles…
After spending time massaging her calves and getting those amazing butt muscles online she left here feeling better than when she walked in.
So if you suffer from plantar fascia try this – massage the calves with the fingers, a tennis ball or a foam roller then get the glutes working by doing a glute exercise like the glute bridge.
I didn’t guess that was her patterning though.
I tested the glutes and the calf to see what was going on as this may not have been why the plantar fascia was complaining, just so happened that in this case it was.
She has homework to do, daily, to help her brain keep the pattern that it has had all along but at some point, due to an injury, it changed and went down a different path. Sometimes the brain will change that pattern and find a different route. thats the way it works. It just looking out for you. Even if that brings you pain and annoys you. It is doing it job.
Don’t hate the pain, its telling you its story.
If your aren’t sure, come along for an NKT session at my home therapy room in Portreath.
Update – 2 weeks later and she is still pain free.
Todays Neuro Kinetic Therapy special was a curious one, but as I have learned with this technique, I go with what the body tells me.
I was going to do some work on the right foot , but as the diaphragm was flaring and something my client had mentioned in our chat at the beginning of the session, I tested the diaphragm against the abdominals and her glutes as she has a tucked under pelvis and shortened space between lower rib and hip bone, slight kyphosis and altered neck position…(I will ask you questions later..:) )
I found a facilitated spot on the diaphragm, a bit tender, and when I theory localised it, the glutes switched on, as did her core muscles, which meant that when we tested the core muscles, there was no visible shaking in the upper neck, and no jaw clenching.
The diaphragm can be a compensator for so many things…
It may seem too simple for you as a client to do breathing homework (what you don’t get 100 sit ups and press ups? !!…umm…nope…) ..but breathing is the most repetitive movement you will do each and every day, and I guess you’ve been doing those reps for quite a while now…
Why your calf muscles are tight & what to do about it
Bit of a long title, but does what it says on the tin..tight calf muscles, stretch them and they are just like your tight hamstrings, they always come back, why is that, could it be they are tight for a reason, tight because something else isn’t allowing them to “let go”?
This could possibly be inhibited glutes, which means your glutes may not be doing their job, but your calves are instead.
Get the bum working and the calves can release.
How you can do that?
Find a tender area on your calf and give is a massage with your fingers or with a tennis ball or foam roller.
About 30 – 60 seconds is just fine
Then strengthen the glutes by doing 5 reps of a glute bridge. Don’t hold your breath or clench the jaw.