A young swimmer came into the clinic complaining about their stroke being erratic and their turns being off balanced. During our screening I noticed that thee was an obvious lateral rib shift and global imbalance. Generally when I see and postural shifts I always like to see what the muscles around the hips and thorax are doing. We continued with our NKT assessment.
I had found the left QL inhibited and neurologically underachieve and right QL very tight and overactive. I also checked is TFL’s, the left was also inhibited. Its apparent that we have a lateral sub-system relationship here, but my question was, why?
After further investigation I found a nasty L medial Pterygoid tender to touch. Using my NKT protocols I tested the QLs in relation with the left Pterygoid, there was an obvious relationship here.
I released the left Pterygoid, R QL and activated the L QL. This reset made a big improvement within the QLs and TMJ but I still had a weak TFL. There was something else contributing to the TFL’s inhibition.
When testing the TFL I noticed the same side foot would turn in as we did the test. Using palpation I found a nasty Tibialis Posterior. Again using NKT protocols I checked to see if there was a dysfunctional relationship at play, and surprise surprise there was. We released the tib post and activated the TFL. This brought function back to the TFL and to the hips.
We rechecked posture. We made a solid improvement in just 60mins. With some corrective exercise this young swimmer will be back to their best once again.