Tight hamstrings muscles are a common problem among athletes and non-athletes. Our lifestyles mean we often sit too much, hunching over at the desk or in the traffic. This causes bad posture: rounded back, head forward, slouchy shoulders, tilted hips. The entire kinetic chain is connected and if some elements are too short or too weak, it will throw off the entire kinetic chain, causing issues such as tight hamstrings.
We know that shortened and tight hamstrings often cause lower back pain that is common knowledge. But did you know that tight hamstrings can also cause problems in your feet, such as plantar fasciitis
Massage your feet!
No,I am not crazy! It’s true. Every muscle in your body is connected to other tissues and these connections are called “tissue trains” according to Thomas Myers and his amazing Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists.
Your hamstrings are directly connected to the soles of your feet and to see this in depth if you take a look at the Superficial Back line, you can see this originating from under your toes to just above the eyes.
The beauty of this, is if you release anywhere along that line you will see a noticeable difference in the range of movement within it. So if you are frustrated with your tight hamstrings and nothing seems to help, try it from a different angle: from the bottom of your feet. When you massage the soles of your feet, you loosen the starting point of the back connective tissue train that runs all the way up your back body to the crown of your head.
Massage and Roll Your Feet
Using a massage ball
- * Place one foot on the ball and put as much pressure as you can handle. It can be uncomfortable in the beginning.
- * Start rolling around on that ball, at a speed on 1 inch per second. When you reach a painful spot (trigger point), stop on it, breathe deeply for 20 – 30 seconds until the pain dissolves.
- * Apply more pressure as your tissue gets looser and healthier.
- * To really isolate and seek out any troublesome areas, Roll under your toes, under your front foot, then work yourself on the entire sole toward the heel.
- * The longer you roll the more release you will feel.
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