Getting the Most Out of Your Straight Leg Raise

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Very few people have tight hamstrings. However, the perception of tightness is another thing!

Many times, the perception of tightness is caused by coordination or motor control issues in the movement of the hip. If the hamstrings cannot relax during a movement they will remain tense, fighting it. Here is a great way to train separate movement of your hip on your back by activating your core and different muscles to get those hamstrings to let go when they should. Video courtesy of Dr. Zac Cupples

Repeat this for 20-30 reps or several minutes on each leg a few times a day. If you see a very rapid response to your hamstring "length" you did not stretch them, you just regained motor control! Now keep it up!

9 comments:

  1. Hey Dr E,

    Thanks for the share. Could you quickly explain the mechanism behind that exercise please?
    Apologies if it is blatantly obvious to everyone else but I can't seem to get my head around it.

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  2. Enjoyed the comments. The "sacred cow" of hamstring tension and stretching is challenged here as it needs to be. There are too many patients and practitioners stretching the hamstrings and other areas without a clue to why the tension is there in the first place.

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  3. Luke, the premise is that hamstrings are facilitated when they should be inhibited. The often dramatic gain in range is due to proximal stability gains less to distal mobility

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  4. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along.I'm impressed. You're truly well informed and very intelligent. You wrote something that people could understand and made the subject intriguing for everyone. I'm saving this for future use.

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    1. Thanks! This is a simple mobility drill that often "loosens" the hamstrings which are normally not tight, but too active during motion

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