Weak Core

Toes To Bar Shutting Down TVA

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Do you struggle with linking toes to bar in Crossfit? 

Maybe your problem doesn’t lie within you “weak core” but in your feet!

I had a Crossfit athlete come in to see me recently with dramatic core weakness. There was certainly no trunk stability or inter abdominal being generated or maintained. 

After doing an in-depth intake we decided to investigate a niggling L big toe that was injured 2 years prior doing handstand walks at a Crossfit comp. 

Testing the clients TVA and L quad we found a very down regulated TVA and L VIM and Rectus Femoris. 

This down regulation was all brought back to full strength after we decompressed their L big toe. 

Using NKT protocol to identify the dysfunctional structures that were keeping the big toe compression, I used Dry Needling to release the facilitated tissue. We then did a sustained decompression on the joint. 

This immediately brought neural connectivity back to the TVA, VIM and Rec Fem.

This athlete as some simple correcting to do however they should make a massive improvement as long as they don’t jam their big toe into the bar every time they do T2B again. 

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. 


Weak Core and Over Working Toes


A client came in with ongoing lower back pain. After having a chat and doing some movement assessment I noticed that the client had bilateral hallux valgus, which is effetely bunions (where big toes face towards the second toe). Just to note though the hallux valgus wasn't at a chronic stage. Recognising this I continued to do my NKT assessment. I found the TVA and Multifidus weak. No wonder they had lower back pain, they didn’t have the motor control in the intrinsic core to create stability. I decided toes if there was a relationship between the hallux valgus and the lower back pain. Using NKT protocols I tested the TVA and Multifidus against the Transverse Head of Adductor Hallucis. The TVA and Multifidus improved in function and connectivity. I then released adductor hallucis and distracted the Metatarsophalangeal joint. We then activated the TVA. After the treatment we retested the core and back. All became strong and the pain went from a 8/10 down to a 2/10. The client will need to do some released work on the foot and avoid wearing pointy shoes from now one, but they will make a speedy recovery.