Hips and knees and hamstrings
and spines are all connected. When one is weak the others must pick up
the slack. For Baton Rouge back pain patients wanting to relieve and prevent back pain, it’s even
more critical to be sure 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 something off the floor 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 individually in terrific shape. They must work together efficiently. New
research described how hamstring stretching exercises
significantly compounded the range of motion of active
knee extension. Further, hip flexion was significantly enhanced
by hamstring stretching while lumbar flexion and lumbar spine/hip flexion ratio
dropped while doing recurring
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors protect the spine while flexing which is
beneficial to Baton Rouge 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 improving
hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching are both effective at increasing hip flexion range
of motion. (3) To Spine & Sports Rehab Center, doing it in the proper way is important.
Stretching is always important. Also, 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 equally 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) Notice how it all
is linked? Spine & Sports Rehab Center does!
CONTACT Spine & Sports Rehab Center
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,too. She put into action The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to deliver a pain-relieving
Schedule your next Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment
with Spine & Sports Rehab Center. We’ll
help you find a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that
supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can get
anything off the floor that you need.