Knees, hips, spine and hamstrings are all linked. When one hurts the others have to pick up
the slack. For West Palm Beach back pain patients wanting to relieve and prevent back pain, it’s extra 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 participation. They each need
to be independently in great shape. They must work together like clockwork. New
research described how hamstring stretching exercises
significantly increased 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 repetitive
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors safeguard the spine while flexing which is
helpful to West Palm Beach back pain sufferers.
HOW BEST TO STRETCH HAMSTRINGS
What is the best way to stretch hamstrings
and hip flexors? For healthy young adults, static stretching was found
in one study to be effective in increasing
hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching are both effective at increasing hip flexion range
of motion. (3) To Chiropractic Care, doing it in the proper way is key.
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 similarly effective for this goal. (4) Hip flexibility
after exercise interventions with stretching and/or core endurance both produced increased hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range
of motion during hip extension. (5) See how everything
is connected? Chiropractic Care does!
CONTACT Chiropractic Care
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 as well. She put into action The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.
Schedule your next West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment
with Chiropractic Care. We will
help you discover a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that
supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can pick up
anything off the floor that you need.