Hips and knees and hamstrings
and spines are all connected. When one has an issue the others have to pick up
the slack. For McHenry back pain patients who want
relief of their back pain, it’s extra critical to be certain 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 retrieve 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 must be individually in great shape. They need to work together like clockwork. New
research stated how hamstring stretching exercises
significantly compounded 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
dropped during recurring
stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip
flexors protect the spine while flexing which is
beneficial to McHenry back pain sufferers.
HOW BEST TO STRETCH HAMSTRINGS
How best to stretch hamstrings
and hip flexors? For healthy young adults, static stretching was shown
in one study to be successful in improving
hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching are both effective at enhancing hip flexion range
of motion. (3) To Spengel Chiropractic, 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 enhanced hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range
of motion during hip extension. (5) See how it all
is connected? Spengel Chiropractic does!
CONTACT Spengel Chiropractic
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 instigates not only spine pain but hip pain and
groin pain,too. She put into action The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.
Schedule your next McHenry chiropractic appointment
with Spengel Chiropractic. We’ll
help you find a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that
supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can get
anything off the ground that you need.