What do tight hamstrings have to do with back pain?
A lot! Your back, especially your lumbar spine (lower back), is designed to be fairly stable. The network of muscles in your core (abdominals and pelvic floor) and surrounding your spine are there to support you in an upright position.
We are designed to be on our feet and moving. And that means our hips, where our legs attach to our pelvis/torso, are meant to be flexible and fluid so we can take strides, moving ourselves from one place to another. But what we typically are doing these days is sitting on our butt, not moving. So our hips (where all of the hamstring muscles connect to the pelvis) get really, really tight.
OK, great. But how do tight hamstrings make my back hurt?
Well, if your back was designed to be stable and strong, and your hips were meant to be flexible and fluid, but the exact opposite has happened instead, you're in real trouble! The thumbnail version of how pain occurs is this:
The tightness of your hamstrings causes your pelvis to be pulled down and away from the lumbar spine, which puts the lower back in a position of instability—the exact opposite of what it needs.
So how do I stretch my tight hamstrings?
Ah, that's easy: I have gathered together the Top 10 Best Stretches for Tight Hamstrings and put them into this simple program, available to you for only $4.99. Really, it will teach you how to stretch your tight hamstrings for the best results, and it will start helping you TODAY!
In addition, for those of you who have back pain along with your tight hamstrings, I devote a huge amount of time and energy to the stretching of the hamstrings and the strengthening of the core and back in the Hauber Method™ videos. Sessions 3 and 4, in particular, contain amazing hip stretches that will give you relief that you have probably never felt before, as well as the most important exercises to help your core and back muscles fight the good fight against tight hamstrings.
If all you've got is tight hamstrings, definitely start right now with my Top 10 Best Stretches for Tight Hamstrings. If you've got back pain, too, and you haven't started with free Session 1 of the Hauber Method™, what on earth are you waiting for? You know you can get back-pain relief for free right now!
Now, why don't you see if you can practice one of my favorite hamstring stretches of all time? It's embedded below. And if this one's too tough for your tight hamstrings, you'll need my Top 10 Stretches, in which I offer several safe and effective alternatives.