How Your Hamstrings Could Be Affecting Your Back Pain

When it comes to taking care of the health of your back and spine, while also relieving any back pain you may be experiencing at any given time, your hamstrings are probably the last thing on your mind. After all, doesn’t it make much more sense to take the time to look after your back, the very source of all of your pain and discomfort?

Well, as it turns out, while the back should most certainly never be overlooked regardless of what kind of discomfort you are experiencing, it is important to remember that the hamstrings can actually play quite a significant role in how much back pain you experience – or how little pain in the back that you feel.

To learn more about this surprising concept, I decided to do some reading up on the matter, which is how I came across a very informative article post by Spine Health that does a great job explaining the connection between your hamstrings and your back. Keep on reading to learn more about what you can do to keep your hamstrings, and therefore your back, in good working order. 

While it is true that the hamstring does not physically enter the back, it still does affect the back based on its position in the lower body. The hamstrings are located in the back of each thigh on your body, and they actually play quite a significant role in how large the range of motion in your pelvis is. The hamstrings play an important role in keeping the joints of the pelvis flexible. When the hamstrings are not in the best working order, the pelvis may end up becoming rigid and stiff, and this can actually cause stress and strain in the lower back that slowly gets worseand radiates up the spine if this condition is left untreated. 

The best way to prevent your hamstrings from tightening up and causing back pain and stiffness is by stretching them out on a regular basis. Even some of the most basic stretches can be enough to keep the hamstrings loose and flexible enough so that the joints of the pelvis, and therefore the rest of the upper body, can continue to functionon a healthy level. The simplest hamstring stretch you can do is to stand up, bend forward and down while letting your arms hang, and reach to touch your toes with your fingertips. You should feel a natural stretch in your hamstrings. Of course, chiropractic care can also keep your joints flexible and relieve pain, so be sure to stretch in between sessions of chiropractic care for the best care that your back can get.

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