Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tight Hamstrings

Probably one of the most common questions I get asked is how to get rid of tight hamstrings.  People always tell me they stretch and stretch and stretch and still they suffer from pulling and tightness in the hamstrings.  First of all, I know most people do not spend their entire day stretching their hamstrings, and if they do and the hamstring is still tight, then maybe the problem is not the hamstring.  Maybe, the problem lies somewhere else.  We have found that more times than not, the hamstrings are so tight because they are compensating for another muscle.  It may be as simple as figuring out which muscle is not working properly and that will usually allow the hamstring to finally loosen up.  Once the hamstring is responsive to stretching, I recommend stretching the hamstrings 2-5 times per day for a few weeks.  This is something that we can treat in our office, so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to call.  We are able to figure out which muscle is not working correctly and also give you proper stretches for the hamstrings.