Hips and knees and hamstrings
and spines are all connected. When one is
dmamaged the others have to pick up
the slack. For Buffalo, NY back pain patients who want
relief of their back pain, it’s extra 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 retrieve something off the floor is no easy task. Chiropractors warn about the bending, lifting and twisting motions! Bending involves
hamstring, knee, hip, and spine participation. They each must be individually in great shape. They need to 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
decreased while doing recurring
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors protect the spine while flexing which is
beneficial to Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers.
HOW BEST TO STRETCH HAMSTRINGS
How best to stretch hamstrings
and hip flexors? In healthy young adults, static stretching was found
in a 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 The Novelli Wellness Center, doing it in the proper way is important.
Stretching is always key. 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 increased hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range
of motion during hip extension. (5) See how it all
is linked? The Novelli Wellness Center does!
CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center
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 utilized The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.
Schedule your next Buffalo, NY chiropractic visit
with The Novelli Wellness Center. We’ll
help you discover a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that
supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can get
anything off the floor that you need.