A Study to Compare Immediate Effect of Suboccipital Muscle Inhibition Technique and Muscle Energy Technique on Hamstring Flexibility in Healthy Collegiate Subjects – An Interventional Study


  • Namrata Sojitra1 , Yashasvi Shukla2




Suboccipital muscle inhibition technique, Muscle energy technique, Active knee extension test, Popletial angle, Hamstring flexibility


INTRODUCTION: Hamstring is one of the commonest muscles that often get tight. The suboccipital

muscle inhibition (SMI) technique is a manual technique that aims to relax the tension in the suboccipital

muscles by decreasing the myofascial restriction in the suboccipital region. Muscle energy technique

(MET) is a procedure that involves voluntary contraction of a patient’s muscle in a precisely controlled

direction, at varying levels of intensity and against a distinctly executed therapist applied counterforce.

AIM: Aim of the study is to compare immediate effect of suboccipital muscle inhibition technique and

muscle energy technique on hamstring flexibility in healthy collegiate subjects. METHOD: Total 40

subjects with hamstring tightness (both male and female) (age:18-26 years) were selected for study. Group

A: Suboccipital muscle inhibition(SMI) technique. Group B: Muscle energy technique(MET) OUTCOME

MEASURE: Active knee extension test(AKET). RESULTS: Results have shown significant difference

between pre & post measurements in both the groups and no significant difference was found between the

groups. CONCLUSION: Suboccipital muscle inhibition technique (SMI) and Muscle Energy Technique

(MET) are equally effective in improving hamstring flexibility in healthy collegiate subjects.

Author Biography

Namrata Sojitra1 , Yashasvi Shukla2

1 Assistant Professor, School of Physiotherapy RK University, RAJKOT, 2 Lecturer, Khyati College of Physiotherapy,