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Sciatica Stretches Tip #7 - Hamstring Foam Roll Massage

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Tue, Mar 04, 2014 @ 02:34 PM

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Your #7 sciatica stretch is the Foam Roll Massage to the Hamstring muscles. Hamstrings can be extremely tight therefore compensating for one’s posture and placing strain on the lower back.

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Start position: On the floor with room to move with a Foam Roller.

How to Massage the Hamstrings with the Foam Roll:

      • Start by sitting on foam roller with one leg outstretched.
      • Place the foam roll under your hamstring, right below the buttock. 
      • The opposite leg will be bent with the foam roller underneath it.
      • Place your arms behind you, palms down so that your fingers are pointing outward away from your body.
      • Keep the leg under the foam roller straight and the other leg bent with the foot on the floor.
      • Proceed to roll the foam roll back and forth up and down your hamstring (to your knees back up to your buttocks).
      • Continue to do this motion for 30 seconds.
      • Switch legs and repeat for 30 seconds.

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While doing the foam roll massage to the hamstrings don’t forget it’s important to use your arms to lift your body up as you move forward and back. This stretch will promote more blood flow to increase the healing. It also increases extensibility of the hamstring muscle. The foam roll is also massaging your sciatic nerve because it runs close to the hamstring muscle.

People often do these stretches incorrectly. To watch the video of Dr. Amy explain and perform the foam roll massage to the hamstrings, click here to sign up for our Top 10 Sciatica Tips and Videos for Sciatica Stretches.

Request a Free Sciatica Consultation These at home stretches are provided to relieve your back pain in conjunction to the treatment at the Illinois Back Institute we can heal your back pain naturally without drugs or surgery through Functional Disc Rehydration™.

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