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Featured Exercise: Stretch Your Hamstrings…Not Your Back! Doorway Hamstring Stretch

Often, tight hamstrings can be a factor in low back pain. If your hamstrings do need some lengthening, try stretching them this way to prevent injuring your back further.

Lie on your back in a doorway, with one leg straight through the open door. This leg should not be bent.

Slide your other leg up the wall and straighten your knee while gently flex your foot towards your body. You should feel a gentle stretch down the back of your leg. Hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds. Try not to arch your back as you are doing this stretch. If you do feel that your back is starting to arch, then you might be trying to stretch beyond what you body is capable. Repeat with your other leg.

Contraindications:

If you experience any pain that mimics Sciatica, tingling/numbness or shooting pain, then this might not be a stretch you are ready to do. Speak with one of our therapists for modifications.

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