Osteopath Dr. Anne-Marie Noble shares the best way to effectively stretch your hamstring.
Did you know? The most common hamstring stretch involving leaning over to touch your toes can be detrimental and risky to the integrity of the lumbar discs! This stretch encourages bending of the back in order to facilitate the stretch which can lead to lumbar disc injury and back pain.
An easier, less painful, and more effective way to stretch the hamstring involves lying on your back with a towel or strap wrapped around your right leg. Bring that right foot up toward the ceiling, with your non-stretching leg either bent with your foot on the floor (provides more support for the lumbars) or extend your leg straight out on the floor (helps open up the hip-flexor)
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