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
Keywords: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.