Do you have a lingering lower back pain from an old injury? Have you tried everything to fix it only to have it flare back up a few days or weeks later?
This was my situation 12 years ago. I never had back issues until one day I was shoveling snow and tweaked something in my lower left side. It was excruciating to the point where I couldn’t walk and had to lay flat on the floor for 2 days.
Over the years I tried everything, including massage therapy, chiropractors, physiotherapy, those electronic suction cup things, and even considered surgery. It would come and go, sometimes not too bad, and other times flaring up to the point where I couldn’t stand without being incredibly uncomfortable.
For 10 years I struggled with this until I finally discovered the simple stretch that fixed my back pain in only a few days.
It’s all in the hamstrings
Stumbling across some medical websites I discovered that the hamstrings are part of a larger interconnected network going from the balls of your feet, all the way up your back, over your head, and actually come to an end just above your eyebrows. I discovered that having tight hamstrings can be a major cause of lower back pain. For years I had been doing back stretches. Little did I know my hamstrings were the problem.
I started a quick stretch routine each morning by putting my leg up on the counter as I sipped my morning coffee, simply letting my hamstrings stretch out for 30 seconds each per side. I started slow and gradually built up to the point where I now stretch them fairly deep, 30 seconds each side, twice per side. The results were absolutely astounding!
I initially started with a 1-minute routine in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one more before bed. After approximately three days my lower back pain had complete subsided and I felt better than I had in years!
Here I was spending thousands of dollars on physio treatments, doing back stretches and strengthening exercises. Meanwhile, the secret was a simple hamstring stretch.
Now, I’m not a doctor so please consult your physician if you have chronic back pain, but if you’re willing to incorporate a quick stretch routine into your morning schedule it may just work wonders for you.
The human body is interconnected in so many ways, you can have pain in one area that is caused by a strain or misalignment somewhere else. My morning hamstring stretch is now part a larger, full-body, 7-minute stretch routine that has helped me relieve pain in multiple areas, leaving my body feeling better and more energized than ever.
I can’t stress enough the importance of stretching and its positive impact on the body.
Key takeaway: a simple hamstring stretch each morning can work wonders. Take the time, even if it’s only for 1 minute, you owe it to your body.