A common problem - how many people out there do you know who struggle to touch their toes?
The first thing to realise is that the main problem may not originate with your hamstrings. If your psoas muscle and glutes are not firing properly then the hamstrings may be taking over the job of the glutes, essential for keeping you stable particularly when running. This means the hamstrings are trying to do two jobs and so are “over-firing” all day, making them tight. If your body is in the habit of working to this pattern (which is not uncommon, particularly among people who do a lot of exercise) it won’t matter how often you stretch the hamstrings. If they then have to go back to doing the job of the glutes for the rest of the day they will remain tight.
So, if this is a persistent problem for you, muscle activation can help break the pattern. You will need to activate diaphragm, psoas, glutes first, then activate and stretch the hamstrings. You need to keep the activations going about twice a day, and before you do exercise, so that you can break the habit and allow the hamstrings to do the job they do best ie. flexing the knee. Luckily, the activations (which involve very simple stimulation of particular reflex points) only need to take about 1 minute each time.
If you’re interested in finding out how muscle activation can help correct this type of persistent problem contact me now.