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How to Stretch Tight Hamstrings

You’re trying desperately to stretch tight hamstrings but just aren’t getting any relief.

What could you be doing wrong?

Believe it or not, it’s the one stretch most people perform incorrectly.

Keep reading to learn how you can properly stretch tight hamstrings and relieve pain.

Relieve Tight Hamstrings

In the video below, Physical Therapist Katie Wolfley, PT DPT, explains the proper way to stretch tight hamstrings.

Our hamstrings attach below our knee joint and at our hip joint.

To best stretch hamstrings, grab a chair and sit yourself at the front of the seat. Extend your right leg in front of you.

Instead of taking both hands and reaching towards the floor, like many of us tend to do, sit up straight. When you arch and reach forward, you stretch your back but do nothing for your hamstrings.

Keeping a tall posture, bend forward at your hips. You should feel a pull behind your hamstrings and not in your back.

Complete 10 reps, holding for five to 10 seconds with each bend. Repeat with your left leg extended.

Get Back to Doing What You Love, Pain-Free.

If you’re struggling with tight hamstrings, or pain in your hips or low back, and want a more personalized approach to find relief, our Physical Therapists can help.

Treatment is covered by insurance, no referral is required, and with flexible appointments you can find an appointment fast that works with your schedule.

Call 716-458-1990 or go here to schedule at one of our 12 locations throughout Western New York.