February 15, 2008, Newsletter Issue #313: PNF Hamstring Stretch

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PNF (Proprioceptive Neural Facilitation) has a number of therapeutic applications, but you can incorporate it into your own stretching program and stretching exercises. Do your stretch, tense or contract the target muscle, then finally relax and extend your stretch.

For example, to stretch your hamstrings from the common inside hurdlerŽs stretch, sit on the floor with your right leg extended and the sole of your left foot against your right inner thigh. Keeping your back straight, reach toward your right foot until you feel the stretching. Pause and contract your right hamstring as though you were pushing your heel into the floor, relax your leg completely and reach a little further toward your foot. YouŽll find you can get another inch or so out of muscle stretching with this technique.

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