How To Stretch Your Hamstrings

How To Stretch Your Hamstrings

OVERVIEW

Do you have tight hamstrings? Does it seem like you have been stretching them forever without much change?

If so, then the first thing to do is assess if you actually have tight hamstrings and if they need to be stretched. You can do this by doing an active straight leg raise on the ground one leg at a time. Can you achieve 80-90 degrees without compensation?

If no, then you may need to work on your hamstring mobility by doing this hamstring mobility exercise. If you can, but still feel that your hamstrings are “tight” then this exercise may still be good for you by creating strength in your hamstrings’ range of motion, especially at the end range.

The biggest problem we see time and time again with this stretch is that people always round through their lower back. Keep your spine neutral and hinge only through your hips.

Give this stretch a shot and see if you notice a difference!

Deadlifting Bad for Your Back?

Deadlifting Bad for Your Back?

Have you been told that deadlifting is bad for your back?

If the person who told you this is your personal trainer, doctor, physical therapist, or chiropractor, then it’s time to find a new one.

Deadlifting is not back for the back!

However, it may be “bad” for your back if you’re not prepared for the exercise. It may also be “bad” for your back if you don’t know how to deadlift properly. But in either case, it’s not the deadlift’s fault. It’s not a bad exercise. It’s just that you’re either not prepared for it, or you simply don’t know what you’re doing.

The deadlift is actually one of the first exercises we teach ALL of our patients who have lower back pain.

And we have amazing results with it. Teaching patients how to hinge at their hips and not constantly move through their spine is often very important in eliminating back pain. And keeping your back pain-free for a lifetime.

And don’t ever let anyone ever tell you that deadlifts are fine, but “don’t go too heavy with the weight.”

That’s non-sense. If you follow proper training principles and progressively overload your tissues in a safe and effective manner, your tissues adapt. You become stronger, more resilient, and mitigate your chances of injury.

If deadlifting aggravates your back or causes pain, that’s not normal.

Contact us to schedule an appointment. We’ll get you back to deadlifting pain-free FAST!

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