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Augusta Back Pain Benefits from Hamstring Stretching and Flexibility

November 03, 2020

Knees, hips, spine and hamstrings are all linked. When one has an issue the others have to compensate for this. For Augusta back pain patients who want relief of their back pain, it is extra important to be certain to strengthen everything. Starting with the hamstrings is appropriate as their strength and flexibility is tied to all the rest.


Bending over to retrieve car keys off the ground is no easy task. Chiropractors warn about the bending, lifting and twisting motions! Bending involves hamstring, knee, hip, and spine assistance. They each must be individually in terrific shape. They need to work together efficiently. New research stated how hamstring stretching exercises significantly improved the range of motion of active knee extension. Additionally, hip flexion was significantly increased by hamstring stretching while lumbar flexion and lumbar spine/hip flexion ratio decreased while doing recurring stoop lifting or daily activities. (1) Having flexible hamstrings and hip flexors safeguard the spine while flexing which is helpful to Augusta back pain sufferers.


What is the best way to stretch hamstrings and hip flexors? For healthy young adults, static stretching was shown in a study to be effective in improving hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching are both effective at enhancing hip flexion range of motion. (3) To Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic, doing it in the proper way is key.  Stretching is always key.  Further, the goals of hamstring stretching are to lengthen the hamstring muscle as well as its lumbar flexion range of motion. Seated and standing hamstring stretching with knee extension are equally effective to attain this goal. (4) Hip flexibility after exercise interventions with stretching and/or core endurance both produced enhanced hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range of motion during hip extension. (5) See how it all is linked? Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic does!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jasmine Hornberger on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes a patient with spinal stenosis that instigates not only spine pain but hip pain and groin pain,too. She used The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.

Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic appointment with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic.  We’ll help you discover a path to flexible, lengthened hamstrings that supports the knee, hip, and spine so you can retrieve anything off the floor that you need.

Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic encourages back pain patients to stretch hamstrings for length, range of motion and flexibility to support the spine.