Knees, hips, spine and hamstrings are all connected. When one hurts the others must pick up the slack. For Nashua back pain patients wanting to relieve and prevent 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 car keys off the ground is no easy task. Chiropractors warn about the bending, lifting and twisting motions! Bending involves hamstring, knee, hip, and spine participation. They each need to be independently in great shape. They must work together efficiently. New research described how hamstring stretching exercises significantly increased the range of motion of active knee extension. Additionally, hip flexion was significantly increased 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 protect the spine while flexing which is helpful to Nashua 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 shown in one study to be effective in improving hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching are both effective at enhancing hip flexion range of motion. (3) To Moriarty 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 and 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 enhanced hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range of motion during hip extension. (5) See how everything is linked? Moriarty Chiropractic does!
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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 brings on not only spine pain but hip pain and groin pain,too. She used The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.
Schedule your next Nashua chiropractic visit with Moriarty Chiropractic. 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 ground that you need.