Your hamstrings are located at the back of your thigh and are made up of three muscles that attach to the bottom of your pelvis at your ischial tuberosities, or sitting bones, and run down the back of your leg to the top of your lower leg.
The main movements your hamstrings help with are extending your leg behind you, and helping to bend your knee.
On paper, your hamstrings primarily affect only two joints, your hip and knee. However, when the hamstrings become tight and short, they can have a negative effect on your whole body, especially your lower back.
Not only do tight hamstrings make straightening your leg difficult, they also make optimal alignment of your pelvis a problem and sitting on your sitting bones nearly impossible.
In our modern culture, where many of us have tight hip flexors and glute muscles that have gone to sleep, our hamstrings end up working overtime. Overworked hamstrings become tighter and shorter, which makes them more susceptible to injuries.
Today’s video will help you understand the true length of your hamstrings and how they can affect other parts of your body. I’ll show you an easy assessment I learned a long time ago and the importance of which was reinforced recently in the Restorative Exercise™ program I’m currently taking. It’s an assessment and an exercise that will help lengthen and release tightness that naturally develops over time.
If you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes in the comments below.
See you in the studio!
P.S This is a great exercise to practice in combination with these other stretches: