What are the hamstrings?

Hamstring tension is one of the most common muscular conditions of the human body. Here at the clinic we always hear people say they have “tight hammies”, and chances are you’re a sufferer as well!

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The hamstrings

But what exactly are the “hamstrings”, and how can we help alleviate tension in them? The hamstrings are made up of 3 muscles in the back of the thigh – the semitendinosus, semimembranosus and the biceps femoris. They act as a powerful group to flex (bend) the knee and also stabilise the hip, sacroiliac and knee joints in most movements of the lower limb.

They tend to get tight because we use them incorrectly. Sitting all day is one of the most common reasons our hamstrings get tight. When we sit with the knees bent we are holding these muscles in a shortened position, and they typically stay that way. Tight hammies weren’t as much of a problem 100 years ago before we started sitting at desks all day long!

A trained remedial massage therapist such as the ones at our clinic can help alleviate this common problem. Watch the short video above to hear one of our therapists, Eric Hendriks, explain how remedial massage can help with hamstring problems, whether it be a recurrent strain or tear, or just everyday hamstring tightness.

If you want to book an appointment with one of our remedial massage therapists, click the button below to book online or call the clinic on 9743 2311.

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