5 Simple Stretches for Tight Hamstrings

Los  isquiotibiales tensos  son un problema común para muchas personas. Si sus isquiotibiales están tensos o si ha sufrido una lesión en los isquiotibiales, como una distensión muscular, puede beneficiarse de los servicios especializados de un fisioterapeuta (PT) para ayudarlo a recuperarse.

Su PT puede enseñarle ejercicios de estiramiento de los isquiotibiales  , como los de este programa de estiramiento de los isquiotibiales, para ayudarlo a mejorar la flexibilidad general de los isquiotibiales.

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El grupo de músculos isquiotibiales se encuentra en la parte posterior del muslo y es responsable de doblar o flexionar la rodilla. Dado que los isquiotibiales también cruzan la articulación de la cadera en la parte posterior del muslo, también sirven para ayudar a los músculos glúteos a extender la pierna durante actividades como correr y caminar.

Si bien la investigación continúa evaluando  la efectividad del estiramiento , algunas de las razones por las que las personas trabajan tan diligentemente en la flexibilidad de los isquiotibiales pueden incluir: 1

  • Previniendo lesiones
  • Prevenir o tratar el dolor lumbar
  • Improve overall mobility. Maintaining mobility in your legs and thighs can also help you maintain optimal athletic performance.
  • Stretching the hamstrings after athletic activity can help decrease delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in these muscles.

A general hamstring flexibility program can improve the way your hammy’s move. Before starting this, or any other exercise program, check in with your doctor to ensure that exercise is safe for you to do.


Static vs. Dynamic Stretches

The timing of your flexibility routine should determine if you perform these exercises as static or dynamic stretches. Static stretches are those in which you hold a position for several seconds. These are best performed after your workout when the muscles are warm.

Dynamic stretches are those that involve controlled movements to help warm the body and prepare your muscles for more vigorous movement. These are best performed before your workout.

To make these static stretches dynamic, simply take 60 to 90 seconds to repeatedly move in an out of each posture with steady, controlled movement. If you feel any pain or abnormal sensations in your hip, thigh, or lower leg, stop and contact your doctor.

1 The Simple Hamstring Stretch


Let’s get started with this simple hamstring stretch. If you have low back pain or sciatica, this exercise may place a strain on your back, so proceed with caution.

  1. Sit on the floor with both legs out straight.
  2. Extend your arms and reach forward by bending at the waist as far as possible while keeping your knees straight.
  3. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds.
  4. Relax back into the starting position.
  5. Repeat three times.

Be sure to stretch until a gentle pull is felt in the back of your thighs. If you feel any excessive pain, you should stop the exercise.

The Hurdler Hamstring Stretch


The hurdler hamstring stretch is a simple exercise that can be done right on the floor.

  1. Sit on the floor with one leg out straight.
  2. Bend the other leg at the knee and position the sole of that foot against your opposite inner thigh.
  3. Extend your arms and reach forward over the one straight leg by bending at the waist as far as possible.
  4. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
  5. Relax.
  6. Repeat with the other leg.

3 Standing Hamstring Stretch (Both Legs at Once)


The next hamstring stretch is a simple one to do anywhere at all. It is done in the standing position and stretches both legs at once. Here is how you do the standing hamstring stretch:

  1. Stand and cross your right foot in front of your left.
  2. Slowly lower your forehead to your right knee by bending at the waist.
  3. Keep both knees straight.
  4. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds.
  5. Relax.
  6. Repeat for the other side by crossing your left foot in front of your right.

4 Standing Hamstring Stretch (One Leg at a Time)

The one-legged standing hamstring stretch is quite possibly the easiest hamstring stretch to do. It can be done anywhere—home, office, or outdoors—and it requires no special tools. Here is how you do it:

  1. Stand up straight with one heel resting on a small stack of books or stool. If you are outside, you can use the curb, but be sure to watch for cars.
  2. Keep your knee straight.
  3. Reach both arms up toward the place where the wall and ceiling meet. If you are outside and there is no wall or ceiling, simply reach up into the air so your arms are about even with your ears. Reaching your arms up, as opposed to reaching down toward your foot, will keep your back straight.
  4. Keep your back straight. You should be bending forward slightly from your hips.
  5. Reach forward and feel a stretch in your hamstring behind your thigh.
  6. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds, and repeat three times.
  7. Switch legs and repeat with the other leg.

5 The Towel Hamstring Stretch


Your PT may teach you to use household items to perform your stretching exercises, and most folks have towels to perform their towel stretches, although you can use a strap or belt instead.

The towel hamstring stretch is a simple one to do. Here’s how:

  1. Lie on the floor on your back.
  2. Loop a long bath towel around your toes and hold the ends of the towel in both hands.
  3. Slowly pull on the towel to lift your straight leg up. Be sure to keep your knee straight. The leg without the towel should remain flat on the ground.
  4. Bring your leg up until a stretch is felt behind your thigh. You may also feel a stretch in your calf. This is normal.
  5. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, and then relax.
  6. Repeat three to five times on each leg.

Remember that the towel hamstring stretch should feel good as you are doing the exercise; if it causes pain, stop immediately and check in with your physical therapist.


Una palabra del Experto

Si siente tensión en los músculos isquiotibiales, consulte con su médico y visite a su fisioterapeuta para conocer las mejores formas de mejorar la flexibilidad de los isquiotibiales.

La investigación continúa probando creencias de larga data de que el estiramiento puede prevenir lesiones o mejorar el rendimiento deportivo. Su PT puede recetar ejercicios como los de este programa de ejercicios para ayudarlo a estirar los isquiotibiales.

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Jett Kolio

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