Moves over My Hammies
The number one cause of face grimacing this month has been in the hamstrings.
Most people who come to Alvino Massage have tight hamstrings. The hamstrings are a group of three muscles running down the back of your thigh. These muscles are the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and the long and short heads of the bicep femoris.
Why are my hamstrings so darn tight? In most cases, it is because we spend the majority of our lives sitting down. We sit to have breakfast, and then sit to drive to work, sit in front of a computer, and sit to watch TV at night. Every time we sit, our hamstring muscles are inactive and held at the shortened length. We’ve been doing this since we were sitting at our desks as wee school kids.
Tight hamstrings can result in limited motion of the pelvis and increase stress in the lower back. These muscles also play a role in hip extension, knee flexion and rotation, walking, running, sprinting, jumping… in other words you use them all the time.
Traditional Thai Massage emphasizes work on the hamstrings. People often come in looking for neck and back work. In a typical routine, there are six moves each for the neck and back. There are nine moves for the hamstrings alone!
Remember, aches in your body are not isolated. Helping your hamstrings help your knees and lower back.