how neural tension influences hamstring flexibility

How Neural Tension Influences Hamstring Flexibility

Many people think they have tight hamstrings.  This may be the case for some but there are often times that people feel “tight” but aren’t really tight.

I’ve been playing around with how neural tension influences hamstring flexibility and have been having great results.

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How Neural Tension Influences Hamstring Flexibility


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4 replies
  1. Tanvi Pathania
    Tanvi Pathania says:

    Hi, do you think by doing neural mobilization for hamstring in elderly population (above 65) will there be any change in their flexibility at that age?
    plz help me

  2. Narongchai S.
    Narongchai S. says:

    Hello Mike, thank you for the wonderful video and all of the informative posts you offer on your blog.

    I have been doing strength training for a couple of years and am currently on the stronglifts 5×5 program. I also have slight anterior pelvic tilts (APT). I have never been able to touch my toes with straight legs that I assumed was from tight hamstrings, which is now confusing me a little bit. From what I’ve learned, APT typically corresponds with tight quads / hip flexors, weak abs, and stretched hamstrings. So is it possible that I have APT and tight hamstrings?

    Another thing I find very frustrating is my limitation when doing abs work. I am unable to keep my legs straight when doing movements like hanging or lying leg raises, which I thought was because of tight hamstrings. My back also feels uncomfortable before my abs get tired forcing me to stop early. I tried doing Pilates to strengthen my core, but I’m not sure if this is the best thing for me right now.

    Do you have any thoughts / recommendations on my situation?

    Thanks so much for the help. I really appreciate it.

    Narongchai S.

  3. disqus_5T2jXBEN10
    disqus_5T2jXBEN10 says:

    Tom Kurz has been proposing for 30 something years the “neural tension” guarding our muscles from “over” stretching is the hindrance to spits and increased flexibility, not elongating the muscles. He is famous in the Martial Arts magazines for doing the full side split between two chairs

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