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Brooks Back Pain Benefits from Hamstring Stretching and Flexibility

Hips and knees and hamstrings and spines are all connected. When one hurts the others have to compensate for this. For Brooks back pain patients wanting to relieve and prevent back pain, it is even more critical to be sure to strengthen everything. Starting with the hamstrings is appropriate as their strength and flexibility is linked to all the rest.

BENEFITS OF HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY

Bending over to get a shoe off the floor is no easy task. Chiropractors warn about the bending, lifting and twisting motions! Bending requires hamstring, knee, hip, and spine assistance. They each need to be independently in great shape. They must work together like clockwork. New research described how hamstring stretching exercises significantly improved the range of motion of active knee extension. Additionally, hip flexion was significantly increased by hamstring stretching while lumbar flexion and lumbar spine/hip flexion ratio dropped while doing recurring stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip flexors protect the spine while flexing which is helpful to Brooks back pain sufferers.

HOW BEST TO STRETCH HAMSTRINGS

How best to stretch hamstrings and hip flexors? For healthy young adults, static stretching was found in a study to be effective in improving hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching are both effective at increasing hip flexion range of motion. (3) To Soft Health and Healing Clinic, doing it in the proper way is important.  Stretching is always key.  Also, the goals of hamstring stretching are to lengthen the hamstring muscle and as its lumbar flexion range of motion. Seated and standing hamstring stretching with knee extension are equally effective for this goal. (4) Hip flexibility after exercise interventions with stretching and/or core endurance both produced increased hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range of motion during hip extension. (5) See how it all is linked? Soft Health and Healing Clinic does!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jasmine Hornberger on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she presents a patient with spinal stenosis that brings on not only spine pain but hip pain and groin pain,too. She put into action The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.

Schedule your next Brooks chiropractic appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic.  We will help you discover a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can get anything off the ground that you need.

 
Soft Health and Healing Clinic encourages back pain patients to stretch hamstrings for length, range of motion and flexibility to support the spine. 
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