The hamstrings are located at the back of your thighs and can cause pain in your thighs, knees and calves.
These pains often are caused by tensions, shortenings and trigger points.
However, it’s possible to free yourself from these muscular problems with a self-massage.
Once you have relieved your muscles of tensions and trigger points, the pain usually disappears, too.
Does this sound too good to be true? Maybe, but it’s reality! Every day thousands of people massage themselves to relax, feel better and relieve pain – because it works.
On this page you will learn everything you need to know about self-massages and much more.
I will answer these questions now!
The hamstrings consist of three muscles:
Don’t let those names scare you!
It doesn’t matter if you can pronounce or remember them. It is important that you know which problems they cause and how to relieve them. And you’ll understand that, I promise!
In the next chapters, I will show you what pain the individual muscles may cause.
Tensions and/or shortening in these two muscles often result in local pain in the posterior thighs.
Trigger points in these muscles can cause additional pain in the buttocks, the hollow of the knee, along the posterior portion of the thigh and on the medial side of the calf.
The pain in the hollow of the knee is often perceived as “sharp”.
The biceps femoris can also cause pain in the posterior portion of the thigh if it is shortened and/or tense.
The pain caused by trigger points in the biceps femoris mainly radiates into the hollow of the knee and is often described as deep-seated or as deep pain.
From the hollow of the knee, the pain can also extend to the outer/lateral side of the calf, especially if the trigger points are “very strong”.