If you are like any of our clients, you would tell me, "My hamstrings
are ALWAYS tight, I can stretch and stretch, but they will never loosen
up." That *may* be because the stretches you are using are not focused
on opening up chronic tension from postural strains. That's what we
teach our clients, and what we share in these videos. If they are in
postures throughout the day that are restricting movement, eventually
the stretches required are a little different than the regular "take a
few deep breaths and move on" types of stretches. These stretches are
specifically focusing on the muscles most restricted by the chronic
postures we are all in every day.
One of the primary differences in the stretches we teach is the amount of time we hold them to affect the full range of tissue in your body. The body has a protective mechanism, to keep you from stretching into a tear. It contracts a muscle put into a stretch for 45-60 seconds.
This means that if you have deep, chronically shortened patterns in the muscle and surrounding connective tissue, the stretch won't even usually affect the area for lasting change until after 1 minute. For this reason, we share with our clients that in order to make LASTING CHANGE in a muscle and connective tissue through stretching, we suggest holding the stretches for 2 FULL MINUTES. Yes, that's two minutes PER stretch. It means that you may be stretching a bit longer than usual, but in doing these stretches regularly, we aren't in pain, and our clients get out of pain quickly, and keep their muscles pliable and healthy in the long run.
There are a LOT of reasons your hamstrings may be continuing to stay tight as well...our page on tight hamstrings may give you a little bit of insight into the chronic pattern. We also have the low back stretches in a pdf form for you to print out and keep where you can use it as a guide.Right-Click here to download the GTS Massage Stretches for Low Back PDF file
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-Identify What Factors are Making Your Pain WORSE.
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Testimonials from those who have used this natural solution for chronic lower back pain:
"I can't believe I've been making my back pain worse for years, without knowing it! Thank you for sharing the information in the BodyPain Matrix(TM) Program! I now can completely manage my back pain with my stretches and I've stopped sitting in 'bad' ways.I am so glad I finally have an answer after suffering with my low back pain for over 5 years." -Sheryl B.
"I've been dependent on my chiropractor and massage therapist for years. It all helped, but I feel like someone finally showed me what to do, so that I now know how to help myself. I also found out what I was doing every day to make my lower back pain worse! Thank you for sharing these tools with me." Beth F.