Stretching is an important part of any injury recovery process. Stretching has been known to aid in the increase of healthy blood flow circulation, flexibility, and range of motion - all of which help to decrease your pain and speed up in the natural healing process of your soft tissue.
When you stretch and hold a stretch, the action of stretching lengthens your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Movement of any kind is an essential part of recovery from a hamstring tear, rehabilitation after hamstring surgery, or managing on-going pain from an injury, or re-injury.
Your stretching can be completely ineffective if you aren't following some very basic guidelines during your stretch. Improper stretching can also lead to more pain, re-injury or even more tearing in your hamstring. Stretching is such a vital part of recovery, but the idea that "any stretching is good stretching" is completely wrong.
Here are the questions you need to ask yourself to determine if your stretching will help in your hamstring strain recovery process:
Are you stretching your hamstrings when they are "cold"?
Is your stretch consistent and stable?
Are you holding the stretch long enough?
Are you experiencing any pain?
Are you "cooling down" properly after stretching?
Learning these details will help you in making sure that your exercises will have a long-lasting positive impact on your recovery process.
"Cold" Stretching is Bad
"Cold" stretching is basically doing static (non-moving) stretches before getting active. Static stretching can be harmful to your body if you aren't warming up p