Are your hamstrings, aka backside of your thighs, TIGHT?! Don’t worry, almost everyone has tight hamstrings…
What is a little strange about this though, is that the hamstrings are the #1 part of the body most people stretch (when they do)… Yet, it still feels like they are the tightest things in our body… Why?
Well, there are a couple of reasons why our hamstrings get so tight:
First is the way we sit. When we sit, many of us sit in a sort of leaned backward position into the back of our chairs, versus how we should sit which is up on top of our Sit Bones.
So what happens in that position is that most of our weight is pushed into the upper hamstring muscles, which over time will matt down the tissues and get them stuck together.
The second reason is our TERRIBLY tight hip flexors (aka Psoas). Yes, you read that correctly, your hamstrings, that are behind the leg, are tight because of the thing in front of your hips…
When these things get tight, they pull on your torso in a way that can rotate your hips in a way that over-extends your hamstrings. Meaning, they are being pulled extra taught so they have even less range of motion!
Our hip flexors get tight from sitting (whether on your Sit bones, or in a slouched position), and from knee driving activities like: running, playing sports, hiking, biking, doing exercises like mountain climbers/burpees/leg lifts/etc.
So how do we fix these tight areas, and create some slack to the ‘hammies?’
We fix it by first trigger pointing the hip flexors, and hamstrings. Then activating the glute complexes to pull the hips back into place. And then perform some unique banded hip flexor and hamstrings stretches to help us pull our hip capsules open while we stretch.
To see how to hit these areas properly, watch the video below:
Also, if you’re in need of a personalized and in-depth analysis on how to fix your imbalances, we can help you, FOR FREE, by analyzing how your body moves and stabilizes itself over our complimentary consultation calls.
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