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Back pain and hamstring tightness

I discussed the relationship between tight hamstrings and lower back pain and how closely associated they are, especially in men. It takes a long time for guys to get the type of flexibility they need to help with lower back problems and persistence is key. Stretching should be done for a minimum of 30 seconds passively in most instances. However, with some of my tightest hamstring people, I will have them hold a stretch for 3-4 minutes. Stretch each hamstring daily 3-4 times for a 30-60 seconds and you will notice some improvement in a short while. Most older guys will never get the flexibility of their youth but just a small improvement in hamstring flexibility goes a long way to helping your back!