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Mel Collie | Why are your hamstrings tight?

 Why are your hamstrings tight?

 

A client , a runner, came to see me complaining of tight hamstrings, which was bugging them as stretching them daily before and after a run was a constant concern.

They also had one supinated foot and a pronated foot.
Assessing clients posture showed a posterior tilt, and a swayback posture, and over pronated left foot..
What it means?
Well it can mean the hamstrings are “tight” and feel “tight”. Stretching them feels good to do, but always ends back with “tight” hamstrings..
The funny thing is..hamstrings are tight for a reason.
You can stretch them all you like..
They wont let go because they are doing an awesome job of protecting you…stabilising you..for whatever reason your brain deems fit
Could be for glutes
Could be for the neck extensors
Could be for quadratus lumborum (love the name of that muscle!)

What to do about it?

After using NKT protocols to assess muscle patterns, the hamstings were overworking for the glutes.

Checked the relationship between them to be sure, and then spent about a minute foam rolling the hamstrings followed by 5 reps of strengthening the glute max.

Happy client.
Got back pain?
Got tight hamstrings?
Get an NKT specialist to check out the relationship between them
Could just be a little bit surprised what shows up…
I always am..

Mel

www.melcollie.com

Mel Collie | Athletic Movement

Mel Collie | Athletic Movement

First & foremost, athletic movement is about human movement.

How you move.

I’m often saying to clients in my sessions – its not about achieving the end range of the move, its what you use to get there..Im not impressed that you can do 10 reps in side kick kneeling, for example, if your shoulder is hiked up, your hips aren’t level, your bottom knee is wonky and your toes are curled up.

You are compensating to achieve those reps. You are cheating.

Its not about doing loads of sit ups, leg lifts, rotations, side bends, planks, push ups.

Its what you use to get you there

Its what form you have, from beginning to end.

Its what you use to flex and extend.

Its how you move, not how you look that defines an athlete.

Sound movement practice cannot be achieved with limited flexibility, poor stability and mobility.

Limited ankle mobility means a more mobile knee – which creates instability in a hinge joint that wants stability, if its too mobile because the ankles are lacking mobility, the knee will tell you about it.

Instability in the shoulder and /or wrist can lead to pain in the elbow. Too much texting, overworked flexed muscles in the fingers, tight pec minor, weaker rotator cuffs, tighter elevator scapula, weakened rhomboids. Do you know which is which and whats going on in your system?

Your body is sensitive to input.

Tight & weak muscles change the input, the sensory system has to adapt, creating changes in your kinetic chain, all the way up the system.

This creates pain, fatigue, bad form, dysfunction, stress.

Get assessed, then move on and play the game.

 

Mel Collie

Movement & Pattern Detective

http://neurokinetictherapy.com