Starting to foam roll hamstrings is an inexpensive and effective way to release tension and pain. It’s a form of self-massage that can release adhesions, break apart scar tissue, and relax your muscles. A foam roller can be used almost anywhere making it a great addition to your workout routine or to just keep your muscles limber. Check out our guide below to learn how to foam roll your hamstrings.
Foam rolling benefits the hamstring muscles through a series of slow, methodical movements. The constant pressure of the foam roller against the hamstring as it’s being moved up and down the muscle group releases tension and works like a self-myofascial release. Here is a full list of its benefits:
Foam rolling works best when used in with other treatments for hamstring injuries. Check out this resource to learn more about how to treat a pulled hamstring.
Here are two foam roller exercises to loosen your hamstrings.
A tight hamstring can cause lower back pain. This hamstring exercise uses a foam roller to stretch and strengthen your hamstring. Start by sitting on the ground with a foam roller under the back of your thigh. Slowly lift your foot and lower leg off of the ground and then lower it back down. Move on to another spot on your hamstring once you’ve loosened up.
Another foam rolling exercise that works on the hamstring but uses your own body weight to press deep into the muscles. Begin sitting on the ground with the foam roller under your knees. With your hands behind your back, slowly move your body over the foam roller, going up and down your hamstring. Stop at any sore spot to give it more attention.
The benefits of foam rolling will be most noticeable if you do it correctly and know all the tips and tricks. Here are our best foam rolling tips to get you going in the right direction:
Foam rolling isn’t always the right answer and can actually be dangerous when used incorrectly. Here are the do’s and don’t for foam rolling your hamstrings.
Foam rolling before you workout your hamstrings. will warm up your muscles and soft tissue to prep them for exercise. It can improve your flexibility which can help prevent injury.
Grab your foam roller after you exercise to combat soreness after a hard workout and to continue to work on your flexibility. It turns out that a study showed that foam rolling after exercise has been linked to a decrease in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Stretches are another great way to cool down after exercises. Find a guide to hamstring stretching here.
Foam rolling over a serious hamstring injury can cause pain and make the injury worse. Never roll over a torn hamstring or if you have swelling or bruising. Also, if you are prone to blood clots, check with your doctor before you start foam rolling.
Don’t foam roll over your hamstring tendons at the knee or at your pelvis. This can cause damage to the tendons or compression injuries.
Foam rolling your tendons is a great way to increase your range of motion and release tension. It can be done in the comfort of your own home and just one foam roller, making it accessible and inexpensive. It’s like a deep tissue massage without the cost of a massage therapist. But always check with your doctor or physical therapist before you begin or if you have any questions.
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