Knees, hips, spine and hamstrings are all connected. When one hurts the others must pick up
the slack. For Vancouver back pain patients wanting to relieve and prevent back pain, it’s even
more important to be certain to strengthen everything.
Starting with the hamstrings is appropriate as their strength and flexibility is tied to all the rest.
BENEFITS OF HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY
Bending over to get a shoe off the ground 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 terrific shape. They need to work together efficiently. New
research stated how hamstring stretching exercises
significantly increased 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 repetitive
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors protect the spine while flexing which is
beneficial to Vancouver 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 a study to be effective in improving
hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching are both effective at enhancing hip flexion range
of motion. (3) To Vancouver Disc Centers, 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 resulted
in enhanced hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range
of motion during hip extension. (5) See how it all
is linked? Vancouver Disc Centers does!
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
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 instigates not only spine pain but hip pain and
groin pain as well. She put into action The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to deliver a pain-relieving
Schedule your next Vancouver chiropractic visit
with Vancouver Disc Centers. We’ll
help you discover a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that
supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can retrieve
anything off the ground that you need.