Dr. Nathan Kadlecek, PT
Is a physical therapist committed to providing high quality health information, largely focused on lower back pain and the gross overuse of diagnostic imaging, medication, surgery, low quality treatment methods, and the over-diagnosis of pain conditions. He's also a powerlifter, pain nerd, macro-scale thinker, and wants to help you think differently about pain, healthcare, and life.
A lot of people blame tight hamstrings for lower back pain.
While plenty of people have tight hammies, it's really unlikely that a "pain generator," is the hamstrings.
There are a multitude of reasons one could experience pain and it's very appealing for us to always have a reason for having pain. Sometimes things just hurt.
Now, if you consistently feel like your hamstrings are tight, here is a little exercise, an RDL, that can help improve the tightness that you might be feeling.
In the video I said "improve length," but likely what's happening is decreasing our sensitivity to the stretch, allowing us to bend farther forward.
Send me a message with any questions you have about hamstring tightness!