We are, perhaps, all familiar with the sight of a sportsman or woman limping from a field of play or running track grabbing at the back of their leg in agony with a torn hamstring! This can often take a long time to heal with risk of recurring injuries, and present a serious threat to an athlete or sportsperson’s career.
Whilst it may be tempting to think of tight hamstrings as only being relevant to sports people or athletes, in fact, our hamstrings are an integral part of the chain of muscle and fascia that runs from the top of our heads to the soles of our feet. As such, they are often implicated in other presentations, including lower back pain and aches, knee problems, issues with the ankles and feet, some pelvic presentations and even some thoracic presentations.
If you spend a lot of time seated, for instance at a desk or driving, you will no doubt be familiar with that ‘tight’Ã‚Â feeling at the back of your legs and lower back when you stand up, and the longer this goes without some relieving measures, and the more often it happens, the more difficult it can become to maintain ‘normal’Ã‚Â function.
Fortunately, Bowen can help! The Bowen Technique is used to treat many conditions including lack of flexibility.
A randomised, controlled trial on the effects of the Bowen Technique on hamstring flexibility over time1 was conducted in 2011. The trial concluded that not only did flexibility improve immediately following the treatment, but that the increase in flexibility continued over one week. The control group showed no significant change.
The Bowen hamstring move, therefore, can be seen not only as a remedial technique but also, potentially, a preventative technique. Where relevant, it will usually form part of a whole-body treatment, the benefits of which may also assist with other presenting conditions, including stress