Loosen Tight Hamstrings


A common problem for anyone sitting for long periods of time is tight muscles resulting in a loss of flexibility over time. This is particularly true for the muscles running down the backs of your legs from your bum to knees- the hamstrings. In addition the hip flexors, upper trapezius and pectoral muscles can all be affected.

Let’s look at the Hamstring. They can cause the hips and pelvis to rotate back flattening the lower back causing back problems. Tight hamstrings pull the pelvis out of its normal position and can cause other postural problems and sacroiliac joint pain.

Seated Hamstring Stretch

- scoot to the edge of your chair

- straighten one leg in front of you keeping your heel on the floor

- reach for your toes - point them upward- trying to meet your fingers

- hold for 30 seconds


- if this is difficult, grab your tape measure and loop it around your foot and lean into it

- hold for 30 seconds


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