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Old 10-14-2005, 09:36 PM   #1
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Best way to permanently loosen up hamstrings???

I'm a 34 year old female in very good shape, BUT, I have these permanently tight, tight, tight hamstrings! This hugely effects my lower back. On any given day, I can't bend even close to halfway to my toes... however, if I stretch out my hamstrings for about 30 seconds each leg, I can then immediately bend over double with no pain whatsoever.
So... my question is, what's the best way to loosen those tendons up permanently so I don't have to be constantly stretching them out in order to use my BACK? Would pilates be a good bet? Is this a COMMON problem?
Would appreciate your insight... thanks!
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Old 10-16-2005, 04:37 AM   #2
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Re: Best way to permanently loosen up hamstrings???

Stretch as far as you can and stay in that position for about a half-hour. That worked for me (it wasn't the hamstrings, but a nearby leg tendon I don't know the name of) 3 years ago and I still haven't lost the flexibility.

 
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:40 PM   #3
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Re: Best way to permanently loosen up hamstrings???

I'm genetically inflexible and I have to consistently stretch, at least 3x a week to stay flexible (and I'm still not as flexible as I'd like to be). It's possible that you may never permanently stay flexible without working on it - but I hope Philly's method works for you.
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Old 10-16-2005, 03:44 PM   #4
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Re: Best way to permanently loosen up hamstrings???

Yoga might be really helpful for stretching out the hamstrings too. That REALLY helps with flexibility and keeping the tendons and muscles stretched.

 
Old 10-16-2005, 04:04 PM   #5
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Re: Best way to permanently loosen up hamstrings???

Thanks for those suggestions, everyone.
I was heavily into gymnastics when I was younger, and was very flexible--could easily do the splits, etc. Sometimes I wonder if doing those things damaged my tendons somehow causing them to be tighter than usual now?? I don't know. But I will try the 1/2 hour thing tonight and let you know how it works.

 
Old 10-16-2005, 07:26 PM   #6
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Re: Best way to permanently loosen up hamstrings???

I think you just have to get into the habit of stretching on a daily basis and over time you will loosen up....when i was heavily into sports I stretched before practices and games (about 4x a week) so i was pretty loose..but after i stopped playing as much my legs went back to being tight again...so i'm going to start stretching again daily and see in a month how much flexibility i regain...hopefully that works for you as well

 
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