Standing Hamstring Stretch – Reduce Back Pain by Stretching the back of the leg
This hamstring stretch is perfect for all levels of flexibility and is generally easier to get into position than a similar stretch lying on your back. It’s easy to work into everyday life like…NOW! Stand up behind your chair as you watch this video to try the stretch yourself!
A few notes about form to get the most out of this stretch:
- Keep your front knee straight, this is the leg that you’ll be stretching although you may feel a stretch in both legs.
- Keep your hips square. Particularly the hip of the back leg will want to open out to the side. Rotate that hip back around to keep it pointed at the chair in front of you.
- Keep your spine long, not rounded or flexed.
If you can’t achieve all of the above form notes, back out of this stretch a little. To do so, your torso will become less horizontal and will need to become more vertical in order to straighten the front leg fully, keep your hips square and spine long.
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Addie Kelzer is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She believes that by making fitness and good food practical, her clients will hold the power to positively change their health and the health of those closest to them.