Knees, hips, spine and hamstrings are all connected. When one is weak the others must compensate for this. For Colorado Springs back pain patients who want
relief of their back pain, it’s even
more critical to be certain to strengthen everything.
Beginning with the hamstrings is a great place as their strength and flexibility is tied to all the rest.
BENEFITS OF HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY
Bending over to retrieve car
keys off the ground is no easy task. Chiropractors warn about the bending, lifting and twisting motions! Bending involves
hamstring, knee, hip, and spine participation. They each must be independently in great shape. They need to work together efficiently. New
research stated how hamstring stretching exercises
significantly compounded 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
decreased during recurring
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors protect the spine while flexing which is
helpful to Colorado Springs back pain sufferers.
HOW BEST TO STRETCH HAMSTRINGS
How best to stretch hamstrings
and hip flexors? For healthy young adults, static stretching was shown
in one study to be effective in increasing
hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching are both effective at increasing hip flexion range
of motion. (3) To The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR, doing it in the proper way is important.
Stretching is always important. Further, the goals of hamstring
stretching are to lengthen the hamstring muscle as well as its lumbar
flexion range of motion. Seated and standing hamstring stretching with knee extension
are similarly effective for this goal. (4) Hip flexibility
after exercise interventions with stretching and/or core endurance both produced enhanced hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range
of motion during hip extension. (5) Notice how it all
is linked? The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR does!
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
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 used The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.
Schedule your next Colorado Springs chiropractic visit
with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR. We will
help you find a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that
supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can pick up
anything off the ground that you need.