Do you have tight hamstrings?
Do you sit a lot? I really do bang on about sitting, don't I?!
There's a good reason for that; sitting for extended periods is not good for our bodies. Muscles shorten, tighten and other areas of the body have to adapt to compensate. Tight muscles also cause the opposing muscle to work harder, which is hugely inefficient if you run, cycle, walk, live!
Hamstrings, a group of three muscles, shorten up if we sit a lot. This can be alleviated, in many muscle groups, by stretching and providing them with regular love, care, and attention.
There has been much research into rolling and trigger point balls and the efficacy of each with good arguments on both sides. My personal opinion is that they do help alleviate tightness, much in the way that seeing a physiotherapist, massage or sports therapist for an hour of massage would. The beauty of doing it this way is that you can find, and work on, those tight spots yourself, you'll know exactly where they are and can approach them with care and in your own time.
Breathing, really breathing, as I have shown in a previous video is the key to softening the brains response to the, sometimes, discomfort that may be present. Fighting that discomfort triggers the brain to tighten the muscle further rather than letting it melt over the ball.
I hope you enjoy the video.
If you have any questions or would like to talk about personal training, movement coaching, a functional movement screening session, or how to move away from pain, feel free to give me a call.
Personal Trainer and Movement Coach