28 Oct HOW I HEALED MY HAMSTRING INJURY
Only once was i injured in my yoga practice, when a [famous male] Ashtanga Teacher pushed me too far into Standing Half-bound Lotus forward bend (Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana). After the extra push i jumped back into Chaturanga (in the half lotus) and i felt a pop in my knee. It’s a long time ago. I rested, iced it and because i was much younger and very fit; i healed quickly from it.
I didn’t injure my hamstring in yoga or from my yoga practice this time. I pulled my proximal hamstring attachment (below the butt) playing football with my 9 year old son, Lars. Ouch. It was painful and horrible. I was super worried it would take me a long time to heal, although i am still fit; i am much older now and we tend to heal slower as we get older. I knew i had to be cautious and do the right thing, so i pulled together all of my knowledge and put it to work for myself. I am so glad i did. I healed it in 6 weeks.
Being fit and healthy is always key when we get injured. I truly believe we heal faster.
I know my body very well. I am also very knowledgeable about anatomy and physical healing in general from being a yoga and fitness trainer for a long time. I felt confident that i would be able to do it on my own, but i was completely willing to see a Physical Therapist (PT) if it wasn’t working after 6 weeks.
I regret i didn’t mention this in the video; Please make sure you always check in with a PT if you have injured yourself, especially if you don’t know what to do, or if you are not improving from what you are doing. You can’t always rely on the information you get from the internet!.
In the YouTube video below i share the steps i took in healing myself. I believe it can be helpful for anyone to know, even if you are not injured, keep this in mind.
Here are the steps i took. Very basic but super profound. I go more in detail into each in the video.
- R.I.C.E (Res, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
- Foam Roller & Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls (see foam rolling routine below)
- No Hamstring Stretching at all!!
- Backward Bending and Strengthening exercises
- Patience & Trust
I hope this information can be of help and value to you. Please share it with anyone you know is struggling with a hamstring injury.
I also offer the Foam Rolling Routine i did to help heal my hamstring injury.
The foam roller i use is from the MELT METHOD created by Sue Hitzman (an old friend of mine from NY). I am not trained in the Melt Method or teaching you the Melt Method. (I probably will get trained in the method, as i like and respect it a lot). I am simply using a roller from the method and created the routine for myself as i was healing. I personally love the soft foam roller more than the hard foam roller, it gives me more relief.
The Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball is from the YOGA TUNE UP METHOD, created my Jill Miller.
Jill is also an old friend of mine and a fantastic teacher that i have studied a lot with over the years.
Below you will find the routine i did and created.
Give it a try and see if it can be as helpful to you as it was for me.
Let me know if you have a question. Feel free to leave it (or a comment) below this post or under the YouTube. I read everything i get.
Happy Healing to you.