This video shows a newer way of working with hamstring strains, using multidirectional friction instead of cross fiber work. The multidirectional friction is followed by eccentric contraction of the muscle, using no more force than can be resisted by two fingers. When eccentric contraction can be done pain free you can gradually increase the resistance. The multidirectional friction helps to break up adhesions in the connective tissue, then the eccentric contraction helps to realign the collagen fibers in a parallel direction with the muscle fibers.
When working with hamstring strains it it important to release and lengthen the Quadriceps muscle group first. If the quads are tight it will cause the hamstrings to be weak, lengthened and inhibited through reciprocal inhibition. By relaxing the quads the hamstrings can return to a normal resting position.
The Massage Technique Library was recently rebuilt from the ground up. The new library is much faster and more secure than the previous versions. There is an improved search function, and an enhanced comment system. Soon there will be a way to save your favorite techniques in a favorites menu.
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