The key is to create a slow stretch as the muscle and tendon lengthen, then off-load the tissues completely to return to the start position. Doing this, you will spare the muscle the work of lifting the body weight, while creating a stretch and just enough load to trigger the body’s tissue remodeling and healing mechanisms.
The recent NY Times article “For Runners, Soft Surfaces Can Be Just as Hard on the Body”, brings up three interesting points for me.
Q: Core stability for running comes from strong abdominal muscles, right? A: With each footfall during running, the chain reaction between our body, the ground and gravity begins from the ground up. This means that core stability starts at the foot and moves up through the knee, hip, pelvis and then the spine. If there […]
Q: I’ve tried stretching my hamstrings daily, foam rolling, massage, and all sorts of yoga, but they still remain tight and painful! What’s the deal? A:The real question on tight hamstrings that remain tight despite best efforts is to understand the function of the dysfunction. What I mean is that the hamstring tightness must in […]