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Isometric Hamstring / Posterior Chain Exercise – An Osteopaths Perspective

In the image below you will see one of Principle Four Osteopathy clients demonstrating a bilateral hamstring / posterior chain and single leg isometric hold.  I first came across this after seeing Frans Bosch present at a workshop in Sydney some time ago and have since found myself prescribing the isometric holds as part of ones training program and variations of the isometric hold for return to play from lower limb injuries.  This exercise can also be undertaken on the ground by simply placing ones heels on a swiss ball, bosu ball, foam roller or any other equipment that allows for the body to be lifted off the ground between the heels and mid to upper back/shoulders.  Start with short holds i.e. 3-5 seconds and repeat.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics. The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation. The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation. To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.