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By: Matt Paulus, MS, ATC, LAT
Are you suffering from low back pain? Do you feel like you have tried all the heating pads, ibuprofen, and massage creams out there? What if you found majority of your relief from a couple of simple stretches?
If you are notoriously a “tight” person, stretching your hamstrings could be the best medicine to relieve that pesky back pain. The lower back is acted upon and influenced by many muscles that attach to the pelvis and lower torso. The hamstrings are actually one of those groups of muscles.
A portion of the hamstring muscles originates at the lower pelvis and extends down the back of the leg, to the knee. When the hamstrings are tight, they pull down on the pelvis. This results in a rounded lower back. Overtime, this posturing can result in increased lower back pain. Therefore, hamstring stretches for lower back pain are important.
If you start to feel pain down the back of the leg, it could possibly be an irritated sciatic nerve. Hamstring stretches are not a good option with Sciatica. There are other Low back exercises that are better in that situation.
Other Sciatic Nerve exercises can be found HERE.
Hamstring stretches for back pain are simple and easy to complete in the comfort of your own home. Start by completing the following stretches:
Prior to any stretching, consult your MD to make sure you are doing the necessary stretches. When treating your pulled back muscle or persistent back pain, all stretching isn’t considered equal. Be sure to consider these things when testing out your new back pain remedy:
By improving flexibility, in conjunction with other exercises for back pain, you should see a significant reduction in your pulled back or other back pain symptoms. Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute provides the complete range of orthopedic care. If you complete the hamstring stretches for back pain listed here, and continue to have persistent low back pain, don’t hesitate to contact one of the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute doctors.
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