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Tight Back? Stretch the Hips

By November 13, 2012

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If your back gives you trouble when you're tired or after you've worked hard physically, you may want to try stretching your hip muscles. Many times back pain comes from tension in muscles located below the spine. After all, these muscles support quite a bit of your body weight. They deserve a break.

In particular, the quadriceps get really tight because we (well, most of us, anyway) sit a lot. Overly tight quads can overshadow the work of the hamstrings (located in back), and this imbalance can limit your move-ability, as well as cause back pain.

On the other hand, tight hamstrings can result in a condition known as flat low back posture, which is an aberration of the normal spinal curve in the low back.  Since spinal curves help us balance our weight effectively,  keeping those hamstrings flexible is a must.

Here are a few stretches you might consider:

Related:  Quads and Your Back Problems

Comments
November 22, 2012 at 4:13 am
(1) Sydney Sports Chiropractors says:

You told a good exercise to remove back pain. Chiropractic care and treatments are also really helpful to alleviate back pain.

July 15, 2013 at 7:09 am
(2) http://www.soloofertas.com.py/?p=284 says:

Tight Back? Stretch the Hips

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