And why health or fitness ‘professionals” give out the wrong information.
Hamstring tightness (or any type of single muscle tightness) is being thrown around the web as being the way to cure back pain, knee pain, ankle pain etc. If your hamstrings are shortened then lengthening them may be part of process of relieving your pain; however if this muscle is normal length or long then this may add to your dysfunction and long term may cause a small injury to become a large one.
This common misconception that there is a quick fix for everything is one that is becoming more and more common. Embarrassingly to me this is being led by both health and fitness specialists who give blanket information to everyone to try to boost their social media following to make more money!
Why is this incorrect?
Lets start by addressing the basic principles and then the anatomy.
Basic Principle 1
Our skeleton is moved by a system of muscles, ligaments and fascia. It uses lots and lots of pulleys to do this. This is an example of a simple 2D pulley.
As seen below the load is affected by gravity:
NEUTRAL PELVIS POSITION (correct)
ANTERIOR PELVIC TILT (incorrect)
Please don’t stretch things that aren’t shortened and if you are unsure please seek a professional’s help that you trust...
...And If you are not getting change its probably the wrong treatment.
Doctor of Physiotherapy | Bachelor of Sports Science
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