3 Things you didn’t know about your hamstrings

Natural treatments for pain in Falkirk and Stirling

Most people have heard of their hamstrings. They are the muscles at the back of your thigh that always seem to be tight. Footballers seem to strain them a lot. You’ve no doubt considered or had a good hamstring sports massage at some point. Perhaps you get them mixed up with the other big muscle group of the thigh, the “quads” or you possibly know that they are somewhere near your “glutes.”

Here are 3 basic facts about the hamstrings that you might not have known before.

Three’s a crowd

There are 3 parts to the hamstring muscle group and one of them is your biceps. Just like your arm has a biceps muscle, so does your leg.

Biceps Femoris (hint: it sounds like femur) accompanies 2 Semi muscles. Semitendinosus looks a bit thinner and more rope/tendon like.

Bend the knee

Despite being the main muscle group of the back of the thigh, only one part of one of the hamstring muscles attaches to the femur, the thigh bone. Most originate from the pelvis and go straight to the tibia, one of the lower leg bones.

The main aim of the hamstrings is to bend the knee although they do help to pull the hip backwards too.

They can affect your low back pain

How on earth can muscles at the back of the thigh affect your back? The hamstrings attach to the pelvis and when tight, can tilt it backwards. As your entire spine sits on top of your pelvis it is no wonder that the hamstrings need to be considered in most low back pain presentations.

If you’re struggling with any sort of injury from hamstring strains to low back pain, our Falkirk and Stirling team of osteopaths would be delighted to help. Call 01324 670 670 or visit www.back2lifeclinic.co.uk to book your appointment. 

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It is hard to find a more friendly, professional and dedicated to wellness team than this. Helen and Dave have restored my youth...or at least my ability to move and enjoy playing with my son. I cannot thank you enough!

Pebbles Milne, osteopathy patient

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back 2 Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen.

Kathleen Coubrough, osteopathy patient

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life!

Arlene Mcconnachie, osteopathy patient

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms.

Lynsey Graham, osteopathy patient

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