Scars

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. 

11 Year Old Scar Creating Knee Pain

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An active client that loves to hit the blacks beach stairs had come in with right medial knee pain around the VMO after getting back into training after the new year festivities.

They had mentioned that their knee was cracking and popping again (something that hasn’t happened in a long time). I was pretty interested to see if the VMO was dysfunctional with something locally that could cause patella tracking problems.

I didn’t find another muscle that was affecting the VMO significantly, however, I found an 11-year-old scar on the medial calf that had recently become sore and sensitive.

After using some level 3 NKT protocols I found that the scar on the client's leg was dysfunction and was downregulating motor control to the VMO on the same leg. We did some specific release and activation work on the scar. After this we retested the right knee, there was no pain or crunchiness anymore.

This client will have some correctives to do for a short period of time but that should regain motor control and be able to dominate those nasty stairs again very soon!

Right ACL Scar Creating Left Shoulder Pain + Left Jaw Dysfunction Creating Left Hip Pain


A client came into the clinic with left shoulder and left hip pain. This pain had been bugging them for a while and they had enough. After some palpation and discussion, we continued with a neuromuscular assessment.

This client had both their knee reconstructed after injuries from sports. As soon as I see surgical scars I will always start there and see what dysfunction is present.

This client had done a lot of massages and scar care on their left knee so this scar was all good, however, the scars on their right knee seem a bit suspicious.

With a scar on the right leg I was interested to see if the right glute was dysfunctional, and if so what was the left lat doing as its connected to the right glute max via the posterior oblique sling.

When testing the scar against the glute max we found a dysfunctional relationship. I then proceeded to test the scar against the left lat, and sure enough, this was also creating weakness. I released the scar and activated the glute max as it was the weakest test. This posterior sling now was functional and firing well.

This proves the point the scars can and do create global dysfunction. A scar on the right knee was creating left shoulder pain, how cool!!!!

We now had to find out what was happing with the left hip. I tested the QL’s and I found a weak left QL. I tested this agains the left medial Pterygoid in the jaw as I see this pattern very often. There was a relationship here. It was clear that we had a lateral sub system dysfunction at play. The left Pterygoid was facilitated, the left QL was inhibited, the right QL was compensating for the left QL and the left TFL was inhibited because of the right QL. Sound confusing but it really isn’t when you see it in person.

Anyway, we released the left Pterygoid, right QL and activated the L QL and TFL. The hip pain dropped significantly. . This client has some correctives to do but they should be able to finally reduce the aching in the hip and shoulder.

And remember just because the pain in on the same side on the body doesn’t mean that they are directly connected to each other. Sometimes one dysfunctional relationship with create or affect another. Clear the highest level dysfunction first and you can possibly have trickle down effects into lower level issues.


C-Section Scars, Crossfit and Knee Pain


A client came in after getting a sore knee from doing a big WOD at Crossfit the day before. They described the knee pain as an overall ache and heaviness. After some palpation and discussion, I decided to use NKT to test the quads. We found a VMO neurologically under-active and a VL hypertonic.

We continued to do some further investigation. During the workout, the client was doing box step-ups in a single arm kettlebell front rack. This unilateral loading could have certainly contributed to the knee pain. I decided to test the IAO and EAO (obliques) to see what they were like as they are major players in force transfer. I found the R Internal Abdominal Oblique weak. 

During our discussion, prior to the assessment, this client had mentioned that they had a c-section scar. Remembering this I tested the R IAO against the scar. There was certainly a relationship there. I then tested the L VMO against the scar as well, and lone behold there was another relationship present.

Using NKT protocols I released the scar and activated the R IAO and L VMO.

I then retested the IAO and VMO. All tested strong. The VL tone has reduced now that the VMO came back online. I then RockTaped the knee for support. Their pain had reduced significantly and with some corrective strategies, they will improve the overall function of the body, IAO and VMO. 


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. 


ACL Scars and Weak Hamstrings


A young athletic footballer came in after being referred by a friend. They had been dealing with leg “weakness” and “heaviness” in their right leg for about 18months after having an ACL reconstruction on their right knee. We did some investigation around the knee and hip. We found that the scar below his knee that the surgeons used to pull his new ACL through was facilitated and neurologically over-active. This facilitation made the same side glute max and medial hamstrings, painful, inhibited and neurologically under-active. Using NKT protocols we released the scar and activated the Glute and Hamstrings. We then retested. The glute and hamstrings were now functional and pain free. This client will need to back off the loading for 2 weeks whilst they work on the scar and gain motor control back into the leg. Once this dysfunction has been reprogrammed they’ll be back to 100% once again.

A tip for anyone that has had ACL surgery. If your the scar on your leg below your knee feels “weird” or  “awkward” then you’ll probably (100% chance) have some sort of dysfunction. Its very likely that the hamstrings they grafted will be inhibited. If you have constant hamstring tension in that one leg or it feels heaps weaker then the other, try doing some light friction massage on the scar for 30sec followed by light activation of the hamstring. Do this twice a day for 2 weeks and watch the difference it’ll make! Just don’t do it before exercise or training as you need to earn the right to use your hamstring again. If you overload a weak hamstring it will tear.

If you have any concerns about your post ACL leg / hamstring please feel free to book in for an NKT assessment.