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Updated 04 April 2016

Hamstring stretch for lower back pain

A little-known cause of low back pain is tight hamstrings. Simple hamstring stretching exercises can help decrease the pressure on your pelvis and provide relief across your low back. Not all hamstring stretching approaches are good for all types of back conditions. Try this one: Warm up before stretching. A 10 minute walk will help get blood flowing to the hamstring muscles. Stand with one foot raised onto a chair. Keep your raised leg slightly bent, with your toes on the edge of the chair. Let your heel drop off the edge of the chair. Keep your back straight and gently move your chest towards your raised leg. As above, hold this stretch for about 20 to 30 seconds and repeat at least 2 to 3 times. Remember to breathe while holding the stretch.

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