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I have actually a student that has actually occurred a strong shaking in her leg when it is being organized in any kind of kind of hamstring stretch, however specifically in Supta Padanghustasana (she"s on her back through the leg upraised). I"ve known her numerous years and watched it prosper worse. She claims it isn"t painful, and also she"s not straining at all.

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But it simply starts shaking. I don"t recognize what to tell her. I told her I"d look into it, so execute any type of of you have actually any type of endure through this?

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Rory Foster Louisville, Kentucky

The shaking can indeed be coming from the hamstring, actually a shortened hamstring. If so, the culprit is most likely the Psoas or Iliopsoas Muscle, which plays such a primary role in posture and in connecting the torso to the pelvis and legs. One of its major features is hip flexion and also that affects the engagement of the hamstring. I suspect that her hamstring is in a shortened place because of the pelvis not being in a neutral position.

During Supta Padanghustasana, look to view if she is "tucking under to an extreme" in the pelvis via the small of her ago strongly impublished on the floor. If so, the Psoas is more than likely over-stretched thereby impeding the hip flexor and shortening the hamstring. Have her organize her foot via a strap or towel so she can save her pelvis in neutral while extfinishing her leg, or even slightly tilted forward, producing a slight hollow in the small of her back--this will certainly reason the Psoregarding be in a neutral to moderately stretched place, for this reason giving more release to the hip flexor and enabling lengthening in the hamstring.

Since this has been going on for some time, tright here might be a muscle memory (habit) postural difficulty with the Psoas and also accompanying interior svehicle tproblem (resistance/stiffness). Doing a parallel lunge versus the wall through the spine in neutral (straight),and also "kapotasana", single pigeon pose, are incredibly advantageous stretches for the Psoas.


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Susan HayesMeadow Vista, California

Here"s what it says in the May 2003 problem of Fitness magazine aboutshaking:

Q: My muscles begin to shake once I"m strength-training. What"s bring about this?

A: It can be muscle tiredness, states John Jakicic, an assistant professor of health, physical and also reproduction education at the College of Pittsburgh. When you"re tired, the chemicals that transmit information from nerves to muscles come to be depleted. The result: The muscle starts to spasm. Try going a tiny lighter via your weights, and also lift just till you feel the muscles start to exhaustion. "It can additionally be an indication of low blood glucose, calcium or potassium levels," adds Jakicic. Eat a light snack a couple of hours prior to working out. If the shaking proceeds or shows up beforehand in a workout, consult your doctor."

I"d refer her to her medical professional. This is because I just completed a workshop for teaching yoga to world through multiple sclerosis. A few of the symptoms of MS are spasticity and tremors. Of course, you don"t want to freak out your student; MS is not diagnosed unmuch less the individual displays at leastern 3 symptoms that characterize the disease (the the majority of prevalent ones are tiredness and warm intolerance). But an MD need to look right into it, simply in situation.


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