|The hamstring stretch|
The hamstring muscles are the muscles that run down the back of the upper legs. they are a very explosive and springy muscle that is used a lot in running.
Ask any athlete about the stretching routine for before and after exercise and they will always mention a hamstring stretch. This is because the thought of a snapping hamstring will make anybody cringe.
The hamstring stretch is a great example of where the pilates technique can get a very common exercise or stretch and with a slight change make it far more effective.
The hamstring stretch can however be of even greater assistance for anybody who has endured the dreaded sciatic pain.
A common cause of sciatic pain (or sciatica) is where tight hamstrings cause tension on this nerve, which runs from between the vertabrae in the lower back down the inside of either leg. This pain which is often referred to other lower back or hip areas can be excruciating.
Even if you are not suffering from discomfort from either of these situations it is good to keep this muscle in a flexible state.