Hips and knees and hamstrings
and spines are all connected. When one is weak the others must pick up
the slack. For Williamson back pain patients wanting to relieve and prevent back pain, it’s even
more important to be sure 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 pick up a shoe off the floor is no easy task. Chiropractors warn about the bending, lifting and twisting motions! Bending needs
hamstring, knee, hip, and spine assistance. They each need
to be individually in great shape. They need to work together efficiently. New
research stated how hamstring stretching exercises
significantly increased the range of motion of active
knee extension. Further, hip flexion was significantly increased
by hamstring stretching while lumbar flexion and lumbar spine/hip flexion ratio
dropped while doing repetitive
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors safeguard the spine while flexing which is
beneficial to Williamson back pain sufferers.
HOW BEST TO STRETCH HAMSTRINGS
What is the best way to stretch hamstrings
and hip flexors? In healthy young adults, static stretching was shown
in one study to be successful in improving
hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching are both effective at enhancing hip flexion range
of motion. (3) To Apple Country Chiropractic, doing it in the proper way is key.
Stretching is always key. 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 resulted
in enhanced hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range
of motion during hip extension. (5) See how it all
is linked? Apple Country Chiropractic does!
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jasmine Hornberger on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as she describes 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 deliver a pain-relieving
Schedule your next Williamson chiropractic appointment
with Apple Country Chiropractic. We will
help you find a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that
supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can retrieve
anything off the floor that you need.
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