How to Keep a Healthy Back: Hamstring Stretch Exercise Video

Back Pain Prevention

Purpose
Tight hamstrings can contribute to low back pain.  This hamstring stretch may decrease tension in the back of your leg and low back.

Instructions

  • Start on your back.
  • Keeping your leg as straight as possible, gently pull it up until you feel a comfortable stretch.  You can use a towel to help you pull.
  • Hold 10-20 seconds.
  • Switch to the other leg, again holding 10-20 seconds.
  • Repeat 3 times on each side.

Disclaimer
This exercise may not be appropriate for all types of pain.  If you experience increased pain while doing this exercise, stop immediately and call your spine specialist.  Always contact your spine specialist if you have any questions regarding your back or neck pain or about the suitability of this specific exercise.

Updated on: 06/11/14
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