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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hamstring Stretches: Proper Stretching Technique

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Here are two methods for stretching the lower part of the hamstrings (the big muscle group in the back of your thigh). Stretching of the hamstrings, quadriceps, and calf/achilles is a vital part of most pre and post workout regimens. The young man on the left is using improper technique, whereas the young lady on the right using stress-free perfect technique. Watch the video below to see if you can pick up on his problem.



Also read one of my original posts on hamstring stretches for more elaboration of the point. When you stretch your hamstrings or hammies, do not try to touch your toes or you may be just stressing out your back.
http://www.drblakeshealingsole.com/2010/05/hamstring-stretch-various-positions-can.html

1 comment:

  1. My son has always had chronic tight leg muscles. Stretching for him was painful, slow to improve, and would return to its previous tight state if stretching was not done daily. He gained very little flexibility this way. One day while searching the Internet, we came upon this very different way of relaxing the hamstrings that was pain free and magnitudes more effective for him. He has gained greater flexibility than he has ever had in his life. For something different as another alternative, check out:

    http://www.somatics.com/hamstrings-and-knees.htm

    ReplyDelete

Thank you very much for leaving a comment. Due to my time restraints, some comments may not be answered.I will answer questions that I feel will help the community as a whole.. I can only answer medical questions in a general form. No specific answers can be given. Please consult a podiatrist, therapist, orthopedist, or sports medicine physician in your area for specific questions.