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Ignoring Hamstring Stretches Leads to Low Back Pain

Runners Remember, Ignoring Your Post Run Stretching

Routine Will have an Impact on Lower Back Pain

Tight Hamstrings are a nuisance to us all. It’s not just runners who suffer from tight hamstrings. They are the set of muscles on the backs of your thighs, comprising the semi- tendinosus, semi-membranosus and the long and short head of the biceps femoris. They run rom the ischial tuberosity – your ‘sitting bone’ along the back of the femur to the bones of the lower leg just below the knee. Their job is the flexion and extension of the leg.

Sometimes genetics will determine that you have short hamstrings, sometimes the things you do will cause it. Either way you should do your best to keep them long, strong and felxible.

Tight hamstrings pull on the pelvis tilting it upwards and altering the whole mobility of the spine and giving you an unattractive pot belly! This not only looks unattractive but causes low back pain. Stretching legs out after running – and don’t ignore the quads either because this will lead to an imbalance – is an important part of your training.

Add to stretching a good deep soft tissue massage at least once a month and your will ward off low back pain. Keeping mobile if you have a sedentary job, a regular, if not daily, yoga routine and a visit to you remedial massage therapist wsill all make a huge difference to how your back feels. Your massage therapist will be able to give youlots of lifestyle and exercise advice and stretches which will keep you in good shape.