Tight Hamstrings

Eye Movement Creating Hinge Pattern Weakness (AKA Hamstrings)

A state-level rugby league player came after noticing that they were struggling with their hinging patterns in the gym. We had cleared a lot of scar dysfunction in the past and they have progressed well, however, there was something still not right. Every time this client would hinge they would feel the backlight up and not their hamstrings. I decided to investigate further.

Using some standard level 2 assessments, this client was pretty strong and we couldn’t fault them. As soon as I tested them in their hinge posture though they went weak! Going off a hunch I decided to see if I could get a neural lock in the hinge pattern by using eye movement. After doing some eye movement assessment I found that when the client looked up and right we would get a neural lock in his hinge.

We progressed onto the table, I tested the long head of Biceps Femoris unilaterally and there were both strong. However, when I checked them bilaterally, they went weak. I then retested the hamstrings bilaterally with the eyes up and right. We had a lock.

Using my Level 3 NKT skills, I found that this client had a right superior rectus to left inferior oblique dysfunction that was creating global inhibition in the hinge pattern.

I cleared up the eye movement pattern. We then proceeded to test the hamstrings and hinge again. We had a massive lock on both tests.

This client has some correctives to do but they should notice a significant difference in their hinge once this eye movement dysfunction clears.

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.