All about the hammies!
Written by Dr. Matt Wiest, DC
Are stretching and foam rolling leaving you with temporary improvement but no sustainable change? By now people are starting to understand that foam rolling and lacrosse ball work is not going to be the miracle fix for your tight tissues, but if that’s not going to do it, what is the solution?
There are many researched methods to improve range motion and keep those gains, our solution is just one way that we have found to be effective. The simple premise to our system is: Decompress the joints first to optimize their mobility, next focus on lengthening the tissue around those joints. Once you have created long and strong tissues, you need to provide them with effective proprioceptive feedback and teach them to control movement. Once the movement patterns are controlled, your can start to load the movement.
Movement is the answer. 9 times out of 10 people cant attribute their tightness/pain to a specific event like an accident, a fall or impact. Or sometimes they try to attribute it to something: “I slept funny”, “I ran when it was raining”(I’ve heard this), “I got new shoes”. If this is the case for you, it is more than likely that your pain or tightness is because of a less than optimal movement pattern.
Do your hamstrings a favor and try out these exercises in this order. Get your own slide board to help you complete these exercises.