Everyone is different, and as such, there is no one way to cure back pain. There are many various reasons for people developing this common problem, but you might be surprised to learn that tight hamstrings can cause lower back pain.

To understand exactly how the hamstrings can cause you back pain, you need to understand more about what they are and what their function is within the body.

What are Hamstrings?

The main function of the hamstring is to allow your knee to bend and rotate, but it also helps to extend the hips, allowing your pelvis to tilt forward.

The hamstrings are comprised of three different muscles that are located in the back of your thigh. These muscles, the semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris together help form the hamstring. These muscles attach to the ischial tuberosity at one end, and just below the knee joint at the other end, allowing them to assist with both knee flexion and hip extension. This particular muscle group is well-known for being too tight in many individuals, not just within people suffering from lower back pain.

How Hamstrings Can Affect the Lower Back

Hamstrings are located in the legs, so it may not be obvious to people that they can have an effect on the lower back. However, if you look into the anatomy of the human body, you will begin to realise that everything is connected, far more than it seems at first.

When the hamstrings are tight, they pull on the ischial tuberosity, also known as “the sitting bones”, which draws the pelvis into retroversion, tilting it backwards and flexing your lower back forwards. This negatively affects the alignment of the spine. The tighter the hamstrings are, the more they will pull. This puts a strain on the ligaments that surround your vertebrae.

How to Relieve Tight Hamstrings

If your hamstrings are tight then you should talk to your chiropractor. They will be able to advise you on methods that you can use to lengthen them. This should help relieve any lower back pain you may be experiencing.

Lengthening your hamstrings will help your body to move as it should, putting less stress on the spine. Don’t assume that your hamstrings are in good shape, practice hamstring stretches regularly. One of the quickest and easiest ways to stretch your hamstring is to simply reach down and touch your toes. Remember to warm up your muscles before stretching though, this will ensure your muscles are working through their proper range of motion and help you avoid cramps or stiffness.

Massage can also help with stretching and loosening muscles like the hamstring. An experienced sports massage therapist will be able to manipulate the muscles, and other soft tissues, relieving any pain and muscle tension you may be suffering.

Contact Backworks now or give us a call on 01702 342329 for more help and advice on tight hamstrings and/or lower back pain.