Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Hamstring Stretching: A Variation for Chronically Tight Hamstrings
The following video is of a variation of hamstring stretches for the patient with chronically tight hamstrings who has trouble ever getting loose. That being said, one of the common causes of chronically tight hamstrings is a version of sciatica. This great hamstring stretch can irritate the sciatic nerve, and you really do not want to do that. Have a physical therapist or physician verify that you do not have sciatic nerve tension causing hamstring strain before starting this stretch. Also, make sure you are properly doing the normal upper and lower hamstring stretches for one month several times per day to workout some of the tightness. The link to these stretches are below. Also, start with 10 minutes of heat followed by 5 minutes of ice for 1 month three times per week before attempting more time. Never stretch through pain, ever!!!