Knees, hips, spine and hamstrings are all linked. When one has an issue the others have to compensate for this. For La Grande back pain patients who want
relief of their back pain, it is extra critical 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 retrieve 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 must be individually in terrific shape. They need to work together like clockwork. New
research stated how hamstring stretching exercises
significantly improved 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 during recurring
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors safeguard the spine while flexing which is
helpful to La Grande back pain sufferers.
HOW BEST TO STRETCH HAMSTRINGS
How best to stretch hamstrings
and hip flexors? For healthy young adults, static stretching was found
in a study to be effective in increasing
hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching are both effective at enhancing hip flexion range
of motion. (3) To Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC, doing it in the proper way is key.
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 enhanced hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range
of motion during hip extension. (5) See how everything
is connected? Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC does!
CONTACT Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
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 used The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.
Schedule your next La Grande chiropractic visit
with Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC. 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.