The hamstring stretching device was invented by Steve Nichols, the inventor of the Jacobs Ladder exercise machine. It is true that “necessity is the mother of invention.” Steve’s hamstrings were almost always tight and sore. The only way to get a comfortable and effective stretch was to have another person push the leg back. The big trick was coming up with a way of keeping the knee from bending.
The hamstring stretcher fully targeted the hamstrings, and with some tweaking, the device was found to be a superb way to also reach the hips, IT Band calf and groin muscles. Thus the HamStretch was born.
The HamStretch got its patents in 2007 for its unique design. In 2008, Aspen Back & Body, a renowned clinic at the St. Regis in Aspen, owned by Clint and Jade Phillips discovered the HamStretch. They began testing it with clients and fell in love it. Clients of the clinic were always concerned with how they would maintain improvements once leaving the program and the Hamstretch quickly became an essential tool for every client.
Jade Phillips is the former Gladiator Thunder and a trainer to the stars. Clint Phillips has helped thousands of people regain their life after back problems and developer of the Heal the Back series. Together they purchased Hamstretch, made some modifications, and relaunched it as IdealStretch.
IdealStretch has gone on to be embraced by all ages and activity levels. Athletes, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Coaches have taken advantage of the relief and benefits that IdealStretch brings. People from all ages and stages and children and adults alike with Cerebral Palsy use IdealStretch daily for stretching out their tight hamstring muscles. IdealStretch can now be found at leading Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Gyms and Crossfits.