What are the hamstrings? The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located at the back of the thigh and their main actions are knee flexion and hip extension. So, what does this mean? It means that they are the primary muscles in a large proportion of our day-to-day movements, such as sitting and standing, walking and running.
The hamstrings originate from a large bony prominence called the ischial tuberosity, which is located at the bottom of the pelvis, roughly at the bottom of the Gluteus Maximus and inserts into the tibia, just below the knee. Due to its positioning, pain around the origin and insertion can often be mistaken for lower back pain and knee pain, which is why it is important to have these injuries assessed before attempting any self-treatment. Afterall, we need to ensure you are being treated for the correct diagnosis.
Common conditions in the hamstrings include:
- Hamstring Muscle strain/tear
- Hamstring Tendon Tear/Rupture
- Hamstring Tendinopathy (origin/insertion)
What can you expect from treatment:
- Massage & Friction massage
- Soft Tissue Release Technique
- MET (Muscle Energy Technique)
- Dry Needling
- Shockwave Therapy
- Dry Cupping
- Exercise Prescription
Get in touch if you have any aches or pains to see how we can help. We offer soft tissue therapy, sports massage, shockwave therapy, dry cupping, dry needling and exercise rehab here at tfd therapy.