Foam Rolling Your Hamstrings
To roll your hamstrings, place the foam roller under the back of your affected thigh closest to your bottom. Cross your leg over the top, to apply more pressure to the movement. Lift yourself onto your hands and roll forwards and backwards from your bottom to just above the knee, along the hamstring muscle on the back of the leg. Do not roll onto the back of the knee crease with the foam roller.
The Hamstrings are made of three major muscles: Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus and Biceps Femoris. Just like the back and calves, these three hamstring muscles are responsible for a large percentage of our everyday activities and play a massive role in postural support as well as hip and knee movement. They work largely in assistance with the muscles at the front of our thighs known as the quadriceps, to allow for functional everyday movements such as squatting, lunging, lifting and walking. Tightness or weakness of the hamstring muscles may have a direct correlation with your lower back. Having soft tissue adaptation in this area will reduce the risk of low back pain and other lower limb injuries.
The information provided is to be used as a guide only, advice should be sought from a registered health professional prior to rolling out injured areas.