Instant Cramp from a Quad Stretch?

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  1. Chas Tennis

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    Does anyone get instant hamstring cramps from this popular quad stretch?

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    I let the range of motion for my knees become reduced after a 1999 meniscus surgery. I have other stretches that work but would like to use the popular quad stretch pictured. When I try to do it as shown, I get an instant cramp behind either knee in the lower hamstring area.

    I once read that two causes of cramps are:

    1) lack of electrolytes (not instantaneous)

    2) cutting off the circulation of blood flow- this seems a likely cause in my case.

    Have you ever had similar leg cramps?

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    For information only, this thread has some related discussions and an alternate stretch for a tight rectus femorus.

     
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  2. LeeD

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    ONE stretch, something is wrong.
    Many stretches over a short time, no warmup, it can be normal. Warmup first.
     
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    Good point, it's definitely for one stretch of either leg. But usually I am just checking to see if it's still doing it and have not warmed up properly. Will compare to stretch with good warm up.

    I have thought that I'm restricting an artery behind my knee and I'm getting the blood flow cramp. ? I know very little about cramps from lack of blood flow.
     
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    Just how LONG are you holding the position?
    I'm the stiffest, most INflexible human I know, and my right leg stretches well beyond the guy, while my left leg is close to the girl's. My left ankle has two torn tendons for the past 6 years.
     
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    Oh, to qualify my statement....
    I've gone to 14 yoga classes, all intermediate/advanced. I'm the stiffest and have the least balance of anyone.
    And I"m a much better athlete and many more sports than anyone in the classes. We actually talk about this all the time in class before and after the actual class.
     
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    No time, as I reach the end of the stretch the cramp pain starts and it is not something to fight. Stops immediately as I extend my leg back to normal. Very small area or spot involved in pain. My range of motion is bad as my heels only get to about 12" from my butt at the closest.
     
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    Wow, so I"m only the second stiffest human I know...
    Something must be pinching your blood supply or pressing against a nerve as you bend fully...which you already know.
    Does it affect your tennis in any way? We often go thru life without ever being stuffed into a small suitcase, so you should be fine.
     
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    I also get the hamstring cramp periodically when doing quad stretches at home or in yoga class. It helps for me if I stretch the hamstrings first.
     
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    Same exact issue here

    It has been a while, I'm wondering what you did and how you are doing now?

    I was at a physical therapist for some knee pain and this was when i first noticed it, when trying to lift my foot to place on a chair behind me to stretch my quads. He said it was because of a weak muscle, can't remember if it was the quads or hamstring. I've read online that it may be the glutes so i'm adding some glute strengthening poses to my yoga regimen.

    You have any new thoughts?

    Thanks.
     
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  10. PigPen

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    My PT told me you need to relax the hamstring when doing quad stretches. Seems to work for me.
     
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  11. Posture Guy

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    this can happen for a lot of reasons.

    When you do this stretch you are elongating the hip flexors and shortening the hamstrings. If the pelvis is tilted anteriorly (like the belt line slopes downward from back to front), that puts an elongating demand on the hamstrings all the time. So now you take a muscle that is positionally being pulled into a mild stretch position constantly and you then ask it in this position to contract, and sometimes it struggles to do that and the result is the cramp. Usually as we start to get a more normal pelvic position and the load on the hamstring is relieved, it handles this stretch without complaint.
     
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    This has hapened to me sometimes, only on one leg..I have worked dilligenly on stretching the past year and have improved tremendously in the quad stretch which has greatly helped my running stride..it does take a lot of time though.
     
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