Following the advise of physiotherapist to work towards front split, because I almost cannot raise my legs after sitting 24h behind the desk, I recently started to stretch and for the first weeks felt that, matured, I understand how to do it well, feeling my body. I have got to know that normal muscle relaxation takes ca. 10-20 sec. I have noticed that I can stretch further after that time. I try to feel stretch but not pain so that I can hold my legs stretched for a long time. If there was a pain, I reduced the pressure just to acceptable, non-annoying and not harmful level and noticed that 10 seconds later leg relaxes and stretches itself with no pain that was there 10 sec ago. It was miraculous.

I have also noticed that I need to turn the foot left or right when leg is stretched forward (doctor advised to stretch one leg at a time, raising it on some support and a little bit bowing down) because leg which stretched quite forward may happen unstretched at all under slightly different angle.

This way, I have managed to stretch the back muscles of my legs pretty well and could put a leg on the high tables/supports. However, recently, I have also noticed that it goes so easily at all if I keep my pelvis, if I do not turn it when raising a leg. I feel painful tiredness even at low leg raising.

It is interesting because I cannot use my approach: I do not feel the aforementioned fun when doing this kind of stretch. It is annoying pain even with virtually no pressure. Instead of stretched muscles, I feel tiredness. It is annoying and I want to stop immediately. It is also curious that I feel all that tiredness in along the central run of the leg instead of the bottom muscles, which should be most stretched and do when I feed the pelvis forward. Stretched leg also starts to "ring" pretty quickly in this mode.

I know that feeling of tiredness is and ringing are normally caused when blood vessels cannot deliver enough fresh blood to the organ. Can it be the case and what is pelvis position for stretching legs forward and up?

  • Can you explain what you mean by a "painful tiredness"? Does your leg feel weak? Are you getting a lack of sensation and/or pins-and-needles prickle like when your leg "falls asleep"? Also, what do you mean by "ring" in this context. Are you talking about pain? Vibration?
    – Sean Duggan
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 15:53
  • I once buttoned my ski boots overtightly. I could not event stand in the mountains. I had to take a rest on the ground. Unbuttoned the boots, I felt immediately blood started to circulate in my feet. When you walk a whole day on foot you feel that you are loosing your legs and want to give them relaxation. It can be painful. This is what I am talking about. Ringing feels like vibration. Probably if it happened in the head, you would hear the noise. I also frequently feel something like that when sit a lot without much activity. Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 16:09
  • Ah. Yes, the feeling when you lose circulation. Yeah, that's often referred to as the limb in question "falling asleep" and the sensation when you regain circulation is often referred to as pins-and-needles. Your question makes more sense now.
    – Sean Duggan
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 16:17
  • I do not feel pins−and−needles when stop the stretching. Actually, I call ringing what I feel because vibrations are not visible (although sitting day and night behind pc, vibrations in legs and arms can become visible in the morning, I think). I do not stretch the leg with vibration that long. I therefore I am curious to predict what does it mean. Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 16:30

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From the sound of it, you're trying to stretch your hamstrings. The sensation you're describing sounds like a classic case of the leg "falling asleep" due to either restricted blood flow or a pinched nerve. It's not dangerous, just annoying. Poking around a few forums, the consensus I've found seems to be that the most likely case is that the way in which your stretching is probably pinching a nerve, likely from your pelvis pressing into the top of the leg. The recommended fix is to keep doing the stretch until it goes away.

Incidentally, the pelvic position that I've seen described for a front-leg stretch onto a table is "neutral", not tilted forward, back, left, or right.

  • Yes, probably, as this video explains, real stretching takes place when one leans its pelvis just a little bit. This way, applying minimal effort, we stretch them very far. There is kind of leverage that is not working when I follow the stretched leg with my pelvis, despite I do not curve my back and feel great resistance of the muscles. Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 17:33

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