Hamstring stretches

Hamstring muscles are restored tooptimal length with a variety of stretching exercises including a variety of knee flexion angles and a variety of hold times.

Hamstring stretch standing

See one our physiotherapists at Richmond Physiotherapy Clinic for a tailored program to suit your specific rehabilitation needs.

“Dynamic Stretching” is, according to most of the hamstring experts in the world, more effective than static or sustained stretching. Maintaining the spine neutral or flat is preferred to loading the back in flexed (or bent forward) positions.

The role of stretching in hamstring rehabilitation as described by Malliaropoulos in 2004 is recognized as a scientifically sound (Reurink, 2012), further information can be found in Price Warrens research.

When recovering from a hamstring strain you should stretch 2-4 times per day (Malliaropoulos, 2004, Warren, 2008). Further rehab considerations include seeing a physiotherapist at Richmond Physiotherapy Clinic and (ref; Heiderscheit, and Sherry 2010);

  • Start walking and running as a pain free progression
  • Restore mobility
  • Restore balanced and symmetrical strength (with an emphasis on agility and plyometric exercise)
  • Balanced and symmetrical strength
  • Balance and motor control restoration
  • Lumbar Spine and gluteal referred pain/tension treatment
  • Lumbopelvic and hip mechanics strength
  • Gait analysis
  • Orthotics
  • Treatment should not be limited to only one of these components, combination of strengthening exercises and movement re-education

Hamstring stretching progressions

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