Hips and knees and hamstrings
and spines are all linked. When one has an issue the others must compensate for this. For Richmond back pain patients who want
relief of their back pain, it’s extra important to be sure to strengthen everything.
Starting with the hamstrings is appropriate as their strength and flexibility is linked to all the rest.
BENEFITS OF HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY
Bending over to pick up something off the ground is no easy task. Chiropractors warn about the bending, lifting and twisting motions! Bending involves
hamstring, knee, hip, and spine assistance. They each must be independently in great shape. They need to work together efficiently. New
research stated 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
decreased during repetitive
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors safeguard the spine while flexing which is
helpful to Richmond 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 increasing
hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching are both effective at increasing hip flexion range
of motion. (3) To Johnson 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 to attain 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) Notice how everything
is linked? Johnson Chiropractic does!
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
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 utilized The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.
Schedule your next Richmond chiropractic visit
with Johnson Chiropractic. 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.