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!
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
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.