Leg Stretches For Back Pain

People with lower back pain often have tight leg muscles, especially the backs of their legs, i.e. their hamstrings and calves. One way to relieve the pain is to do leg stretches.

I'm prone to lower back pain myself especially if I sit for too long. There are a few things I can do to relieve the pain, and which I have written about here before, but one of the best is to stretch the backs of my legs.

If the weather is cold or my back is particularly sore I may go for a short walk to warm up a bit first. But often I just get up from my desk and stand about a leg length away from it, then I place one heel on the desk and slowly lean forward to stretch the back of that leg for about 30 seconds. Then I swap legs. Usually I do 3 stretches per leg.

There are a few things to keep in mind when stretching and there are other ways to stretch the backs of your legs. You may also need to stretch the front of your legs.

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