The hamstrings are a group of 3 muscles that attach to the ischial tuberosity of the pelvis. From the pelvis, 2 of the muscles attach to the inside of the lower leg (tibia) and the other one attaches to the outside of the lower leg (fibula). The general actions of the group are to extend the hip, and bend the knee. Chronically the hamstrings are in a shortened position when we stand with our pelvis forward, or sit with our pelvis tucked under.
Poor standing and sitting with a rounded spine and tucked pelvis is a typical habit that many of us do, and can relate to..... AND unfortunately, many of us suffer from back pain, SI and pelvic floor dysfunction. One of the best ways to get out of pain and lengthen the hamstrings is to change how you stand and sit, move more and stretch!
One of my favorite ways to stretch the hamstrings!
Susan McLaughlin is a physical therapist who specializes in the management of pelvic floor and orthopedic dysfunctions. She is the owner of ALIGN integration|movement in Salt Lake City, UT. Helpful tips and other self care strategies can be found at www.alignforhealth.com.