September 2017

Got back pain?

Tight hamstrings are present in most people who suffer from chronic lower back pain. The constant pull of these tight muscles forces the lumbar spine, (lower 5 vertebrae), into a forward bent posture, putting strain on the low back and decreasing the overall mobility of the hip joints. Making things worse is that many of us sit most of the day. That bent leg position further shortens the hamstring muscle really throwing things out of balance when we stand.

Initially, it can be very challenging and uncomfortable to stretch your hamstrings. The seated hamstring stretch is a very safe way to stretch without injuring your lumbar discs. Stretches can also be performed lying on your back, increasing the stretch with a band or towel behind the thigh. Stretches should be performed throughout the day and gently held for 10 to 30 seconds.

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