Tight Hamstrings

Why are my hamstrings always tight?

This is the million-dollar question! It is very rare to meet a person whose hamstring don’t feel tight and uncooperative. What most people are not aware of is that tension can be caused by many different things. Because of this, stretching sometimes doesn’t work, and can sometimes make the situation worse! In general, hamstring tension almost always boils down to 3 issues:

1) Loss of elasticity: When muscles loose elasticity, this is generally a result of poor posture, overuse, or injury. Manual therapy (such as bodywork) and stretching are ideal interventions for this.

2) Muscle weakness: Too many people are surprised when they learn that if muscles become weak, they will generate tension. This is mostly a protective mechanism in the nervous system to prevent tissue from being put in a compromised position where injury may occur. While stretching and manual therapy will bear positive results, long term, exercises which target the hamstrings will often provide the missing link.

3) Neural tension: It may seem strange, but here is an important fact to know; when you are bending forward to stretch that hamstring group, you may actually be stretching your sciatic nerve! While this might result in pain, this can often feel like generalized tension and mistaken with muscle tension. Here is the bad news: when holding long stretches like that on a nerve complex, you can irritate the nerve and develop pain and symptoms as a result.

How do I know which one I have?

So glad you asked! Seeing a professional who is proficient in assessing these presentations makes all the difference in pointing you in the right direction. Here at Body Heal, it is of vital importance that you are placed with the right professional to resolve your issue. Our extensive network of professionals provide a high standard for getting you the relief you’re looking for. What are you waiting for? Click here to book a free consultation: www.bodyhealtherapy.com

More Posts

The Role of Inflammation in Anterior Shoulder Pain

Is the front of my shoulder inflamed? As a clinical bodywork company, Body Heal Therapy is no stranger to clients with pain in the front ...

Low Back Trigger Point Pain

It is hard to imagine that 80 percent of the US population currently experiences low back pain. To give you some perspective on how bad ...

Asian man crying out in pain and holding lower back

Hip Pain Can Come From The Low Back?

One of the most unusual culprits in hip pain, this muscle, whose main job is to move and stabilize and move your lower spine, may ...

an area of groin pain is indicated in the top of the right leg

Trigger Points Associated With Groin Pain

Soft tissue and myofascial pain is often at play when it comes to groin pain in people who are not high level movers or full-time athletes. A visit to your physician and put you on the right track to heal.