If you experience tight hamstrings or chronic hamstring pain or if you just want to improve flexibility, then this tight hamstring release treatment is for you.
This is a great myofascial release that really targets the hamstrings and is often far more effective than foam rolling or stretching.
What can this hamstring release treatment help you with?
- Less low back pain and risk of back injury
- Improved flexibility
- Decreased hamstring pain
- Decreased risk of hamstring injury
- Endorphins released, increased blood flow + You feel better!
How do you know if this hamstring release treatment has helped improve your mobility?
- Keeping your knees straight, bend down towards your toes
- Mark or remember how far down your leg the tips of your fingers get (you can even get someone to do a little mark with a pen!).
- After you have done this quick tight hamstring treatment, re-test and see the difference.
Here is how to release your hamstrings:
- Sitting on a hard surface – such as a hard bed, bench or a chair. Preferably your feet should be off the ground.
- Place a hard ball (I use a lacrosse ball as they are hard and grippy, so it isn’t going anywhere!) under the hamstring, starting higher up as shown.
- Putting your weight through the leg then, as tolerable, flex and extend the knee (straighten and bend).
- By doing this you are gliding the muscle over the ball, stretching out the muscle, kneading out knots and breaking down adhesions.
- Straighten the knee out 10 times and then move then ball to the next tight spot (likely closer down towards the knee, in the middle of the muscle)
- Repeat so that you work out all those tight spots throughout your hammies.
- Do this on both legs so that things are evened out and then you are good to go!
Give it a go and let me know what you think and if you want more self-treatment ideas, check out our content-packed Ebook