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Clearing Up Tight Hamstrings

By 24th March 2015Recovery

I’m pretty confident when saying all clientele I’ve worked with that have a sedentary job could benefit from relieving tight hamstrings . Even if you live an active lifestyle or commit to regular exercise. If you don’t give your hamstrings the attention they need, over time they are going to tighten up. The hamstrings are made up of three muscles: the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Tightness in these muscles can bring a host of problems. Including lower back pain, sciatic nerve problems and limited range of motion in exercises like squats.

Improving flexibility in tight hamstrings isn’t impossible, but finishing your workout with a 30 second hamstring stretch isn’t going to get the job done. Try taking a medium sized ball to the hamstrings for an efficient and effective way of clearing up your tight hamstrings.

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Think of this as a search and destroy mission, explore around the length of the muscle for any tender spots and focus plenty of attention to the high hamstring/glute tie-in area.

Why it works
The ball works by relieving trigger points and un-glueing any matted down tissue. Blood will also rush to the area. Bringing a fresh supply of nutrients for a faster recovery. Spend at least two minutes per leg, longer if you know it’s a hot spot for you.

Test/re-test…

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