By Dr. Wayne Huber
I think that we all, at some point or another, have had issues of tightness and/or stiffness of the hamstrings. The hamstrings are on the back side (posterior) of your upper leg.
The hamstrings are comprised of three muscles: the semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris. They are the primary bulk of muscle on the back of the thigh – originating on your ischial tuberosity (or “sits bone”) and running down behind the knee, where they attach on the bones of the lower leg (the tibia and fibula). The first two attach on the medial (inside) of the knee, whereas the bicep femoris attaches laterally (outside) to the knee. This means that the hamstrings cross two joints, the hip and the knee. The hamstrings have many abilities such as movers, stabilizers and controllers. They are the primary flexors of the knee joint (meaning they bend the knee), as well as secondary hip extensors (meaning they help straighten the hip). The hamstrings also assist in providing rotational control at the knee, in addition to pelvic stability due to their anchoring role at the ischial tuberosities. They also play a role in deceleration when they contract eccentrically (meaning they are contracting while lengthening).The hamstrings have implications for 3 dimensional movement and conversely if restricted, can limit 3 dimensional movement. This is why it is important to use 3 dimensional strategies when performing recovery type strategies or function.
At Re-Move, we provide the strategies to utilize self care therapies to mind your own body “role players.” Whether it be lacrosse balls, vibration rollers, mini bands, power bands, slides, ect that you can use to police your body's society. Re-Move not only provides the tools for this self therapy, we also provide the education to properly use whether its recovery, strength, or endurance.
Whether you are getting after your workouts or sitting for extended periods with your knees bent shortening your hamstrings, click on the link to see demonstrations of how to use the Re-Move Vibration Roller specifically for the hamstring muscle group.
Now, get out there and Re-Move today!
Author: Wayne Huber DC CSP FAFS. Not only has Wayne Huber DC CSP FAFS been in practice for over 21 years focusing on biomechanics, he has been working with athletes from all levels from the 4 year old soccer player to professional athletes and Olympic Gold Medalists. Dr. Wayne Huber is also an avid endurance athlete competing in Spartans, UltraMarathon’s and a 3X Ironman Finisher. He has