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Fort Wayne Back Pain Benefits from Hamstring Stretching and Flexibility

November 03, 2020

Hips and knees and hamstrings and spines are all linked. When one hurts the others must pick up the slack. For Fort Wayne back pain patients wanting to relieve and prevent back pain, it’s extra critical to be sure to strengthen everything. Starting with the hamstrings is appropriate as their strength and flexibility is linked to all the rest.


Bending over to pick up a shoe off the floor is no easy task. Chiropractors warn about the bending, lifting and twisting motions! Bending involves hamstring, knee, hip, and spine assistance. They each need to be individually in great shape. They must work together like clockwork. New research described how hamstring stretching exercises significantly improved the range of motion of active knee extension. Additionally, hip flexion was significantly enhanced 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 protect the spine while flexing which is beneficial to Fort Wayne back pain sufferers.


What is the best way to stretch hamstrings and hip flexors? For healthy young adults, static stretching was found in a study to be successful in improving hamstring flexibility. (2) Static and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching are both effective at increasing hip flexion range of motion. (3) To Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc, doing it in the proper way is key.  Stretching is always important.  Also, the goals of hamstring stretching are to lengthen the hamstring muscle and as its lumbar flexion range of motion. Seated and standing hamstring stretching with knee extension are similarly effective to attain this goal. (4) Hip flexibility after exercise interventions with stretching and/or core endurance both produced increased hip range of motion and lumbar rotation range of motion during hip extension. (5) See how everything is linked? Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 brings on not only spine pain but hip pain and groin pain as well. She used The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols to help this back pain patient find relief.

Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic visit with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc.  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.

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc promotes back pain patients to stretch hamstrings for length, range of motion and flexibility to support the spine.