Here, Jenn is going to demonstrate a hamstring stretch. The hamstrings are a group of muscles located in the back of the thigh running from the hip to the knee. A traditional hamstring stretch involves long sitting and reaching towards your toes or standing and reaching towards the floor. However, these stretches can often irritate structures in the low back and in most cases should be avoided.
A better, alternative method, involves using a stretching strap. To perform the hamstring stretch, loop the strap around the foot of the leg to be stretched. Bend your hip and knee a little bit while using your arms and strap to lift your leg up until you experience a gentle pulling sensation in the back of your thigh. Stretches should be held for 30 seconds and be performed two times.
You should never experience pain or shaking with any exercise. Please consult your physical therapist if you have questions. There are many ways to perform stretches and exercises. Exercises should be individualized.
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