Lower Back Pain

Concussion Contributing To Lower Back Pain

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Concussions don’t just directly affect the head, neck and brain they can also have long lasting effects that can contribute to motor control dysfunction later on in life. 

A young rugby league athlete came in with lower back pain recently. After doing a in-depth intake we found that they had sustained a had a server concussion last season. Using NKT I found two sections on the sagittal suture that were dysfunctional. These to sections contributed to bilateral sacral multifidus inhibition in the lower back. 

There was also diaphragm compensation for a down regulated TVA as well. 

Using level 3 protocol we cleared the dysfunctional areas on the skull and retrained breath optimisation. This allowed the young athlete to regain trunk stability. 

Following up we referred the young athlete out to ensure that there was no occipital subluxation contributing to ongoing Dysfunction. 

Cranial Related Psoas Inhibition

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Athletes that deal with a lot of contact can have lower back issue that start don’t in the lower back. 

Yet again I have seen another athlete with cranial suture issues. 

This athlete had walked in with very restricted lumbar flexion and extension. After doing some manual muscle testing we found bilateral psoas inhibition. Generally when I see this I look for either scars or I go straight to the sub occipitals. Using NKT testing I didn’t find any occiput compression or decompression issues however I did find some cranial fascia dysfunction. 

Using NKT Level 3 protocols I did a reset between two dysfunction sutures on the skull. After the reset we retested the psoas, they were both strong. 

Sometime field position can dictate potential cranial issues. If someone only plays one the right and generally tackles with their Left shoulder you could suspect that the fascia on the left side of the skull could be holding a lot of neruolgirally tension. 

Have a feel and see if you have any hot spots on your head.

Belly Button Ring Inhibiting Glutes

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A client came in with slight lower back pain. When doing our intake they had mentioned that their lower back pain would increase after squatting type movement patterns. As apart of my assessments I like to start locally then look globally, so what I decided to do initially is test some of the main drivers in the squatting patterns.

I tested both glute max, they were both weak. When seeing bilateral (both sides of the body) dysfunction, I have to go and look centrally for example core, jaw, spine, scars, eye-movement, hyoid issues, cranial sutures, ligaments etc etc, basically anything that can create bilateral or global inhibition. 

In this case I notices a belly button ring. Piercings and tattoos can have just as big of affect on the brains motor control systems as scars do. 

I tested the TVA quickly to see what it was doing, it was also weak (no surprise). I then retested both glutes and the TVA individually against the belly button ring, they ALL became stronger. 

After using some NKT protocols I “reset” the scar. All previously weak tests were now strong. We then tested the clients squatting patterns again, there was no pain! 

The client has some correctives to do over the next couple weeks to ensure that their brain relearns how to utilise their glutes and core more effectively, but they should start to make some great progress in the gym again. 

Belly Button Ring Scar Creating Lower Back Pain


A client came in with discomfort in their lower back. They generally get pain when bending over or trying to pick something off the ground when seated.

After doing some prescreening I decided to use NKT to assess the core and back. We found the Rectus Abdominis and Transversus Abdominis weak, as well as the lumbar Multifidus.

When we were testing I noticed that this client had a scar on their belly from a old piercing 6 years ago. Using NKT protocols I tested the RA, TVA and Multifidus in relation to the scar. There was a definite connection.

We released the overactive scar and activated the core. We then retested and all muscles became functional once again.

This client has some homework to do for a short period of time, but once their scar stops being dysfunctional they should have a noticeable improvement in lower back function and core stability.