Did you ever think your hamstrings were causing you to have that agonizing lower back pain you constantly feel like complaining about?
And did you ever think a bad lower back can cause your hamstrings to hurt? Well, you know what, they can be!
I’ve been a long-time back pain sufferer with terrible hamstring pain, and I want to show you what works and what doesn’t, but first things first…
To get you thinking a bit – Are your hamstrings really to blame for your bad back?
Let’s take the example of an ice cream bar.
ex: There are two ice cream sticks on the left and right most outer ends supporting the ice cream bar. The sticks are the hamstring, and the delicious ice am bar is your upper torso and lower body. And get this…
If one of the bottom ends of that stick bends and breaks apart(like it usually does, C’mon admit it, we’ve all been there). It’ll cause:
- Less support
- Less resistance
- Weight imbalance
Therefore, the bar will come falling back on the sticks. That’s where the disaster begins…your muscles, joints, and ligaments can no longer support you. That’s what I call an avalanche of tight hamstrings and lower back pain.
In this article I will be walking you through:
- What are the hamstrings
- can tight hamstrings cause back pain?
- What happens when your hamstrings get tight
- How to test for tight hamstrings
- How your hamstrings need to work
By the way, if you’d like to skip over this article and check out my #1 recommendation which is muscle balance therapy, click here.
What’s A Hamstring? Is It Obvious?
To understand how your hamstrings can be causing your lower back pain, we must do two things:
- Look to see the area they are in
- How they are attached
I want you to find this next sentence seriously. Take a look under your glute(butt). Literally. The portion under your butt and runs to the back of your knee is where the hamstring is located. BINGO!
Your hamstrings are made up of three different muscles:
… And no, these are not dinosaurs! Lol.
BIG words, but here is how I can best define them for you:
All 3 originate from your sitting bones in your hips. The bicep femoris differs in that it has two heads, and the others come from the back of the thigh-bone.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the muscles as they contract and get tight?
What Happens When Your “Hammy’s” Are Tight?
Look, it’s perfectly normal that lower back and hamstring pain pair up together, but even more is that you learn what happens once it occurs…
When it gets pulled inward, your pelvis gets pushed backward(going into posterior pelvic tilt mode). At this moment in time, your vertebrae in your lower back are brought flexed forward. What does this all mean? Possible trouble lies ahead…
So when your hamstrings become tight and you get a bend forward flexion has to come from your lumbar spine. This is not ideal! Guess what gets it the worst? Your ligaments around your vertebrae! and this can make a bulging disc far worse. Yikes!
But I was taught the ways…
To resolve that, the key is to keep your hamstrings lengthened at all times so you can move properly.
Related: Fixing Muscle Imbalances
I Call Upon The “Hamstring Test”, Get Your Thinking Cap On
Tight hamstrings back pain as I like to refer to has pushed you back enough, it’s time to start pushing back against it, but first…
Great, you have the information about what hamstrings are, and what happens when they get tight, but how do you know for sure your are tight?… By physically checking.
Right from the gecko, you’ll know your hamstring is going to be tight if you’re always active, and constantly are listening to your body. Here is the not so secret test, ready?
- Stand up
- Bring your feet in together, and stay straight
- With both of your hands try to reach down. Doing it slowly.
Did you touch your toes? Wait Wait..Don’t answer that before me…
I can actually answer that for you. It’s a definite no.! Some magic? Not exactly. You came here to find out if weak hamstrings cause your lower back pain and even the slightest amount of pain is enough to keep you away from your 10 toes.
If you felt pain in the backs of your thighs, that’s affirmative, tight hamstrings.
How You Can Make The Troubles Disappear
If sitting can make your hamstrings worse off, what opposite of that can make it better?
You guessed it, standing up. When your hamstrings are relaxed, it will allow for your pelvis to tilt forward. Your spine follows that extension accordingly, and in result, it will:
- Take the pressure off your disk
- Take the pressure off your ligaments
Did you know you had two great options to correct your hamstring issues? See below.
- The Chiropractor. Your chiropractor can help lengthen your hamstrings. Talk to him/her if you need to.
- Yourself. You can begin with some simple hamstring exercises right now.
Keep in mind that your body is a MECHA MACHINE.
Something about that picture above tells me you don’t have tubes, and bells and whistles, but it does have moving parts. And if one of these parts happens to break down on you, the rest will have to keep moving like a pack of soldiers behind enemy lines and carry on the extra weight. Pretty soon that will lead to aches and pains, and you know, there is no time for that!
CBD For Tight Hamstrings?
You haven’t heard much of my story in this article aside from the fact that I’ve had terrible achy and pulled hamstrings that have caused even more severe back pain, but what about the most talked-about Natural Remedy?
Look, I’ve tried every treatment imaginable, from stretching and exercising to using a whole load of conservative treatments like heating pads, tens units, and massage chairs…
And Believe me or not, CBD was the one I didn’t try until early 2017. I was at work in my cubicle doing office work 5 days a week, but well worth over 40 hours because I would come home and do more office work to build my business which as you now know, became to be Remove Back Pain.
My hamstrings were always tight while on the job, I was exercising 4-5 times a week going on runs and lifting weights but it just felt horrible most of the time…
On top of my post back pain recovery, I could still feel the mental pain of making it worse and going back to the pain level I was at before(a 10). It dawned on me that I could still use little pain relief creams for my muscles and joints, as well as supplements for other purposes and mix in CBD cream or oil for my hamstring injury.
Why would you want to use CBD For your hamstring pain/injury you ask?
Well…first of all, CBD is a very well-known anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving natural remedy that can be applied in many ways like:
Now, In this article, I won’t go deep into what you can use CBD for and what it improves because I made a whole separate in-depth article on CBD oil being for pain HERE.
But what I will tell you is that Vaping CBD as well as using a topical and Oil are the best to relax your muscle pain and improve your recovery.
This Is Not The End, But You CAN Count On It To Be The Beginning
You can do it! Your hamstrings will get better with the efforts you make.
The evidence backs up that your hamstrings can be at fault for causing you lower back pain. The three HUGE muscle groups play a pivotal role in keeping your ligaments stretched out and in shape.
What happens when you don’t take care of your hamstrings? Your muscles get weak, and they shorten, causing your pelvis and hips to lock and move forward, causing that forward motion we call posterior tilt.
Ready, set, action… let’s run a test. By doing a test with the bend over and touch your toe stretch you can verify if your hamstrings are indeed tight. If they are you know its time for a fix.
How you can make it work is by taking a couple of actions. Visiting the chiropractor, and seeing the reflection in you(yourself). You can engage in exercise to strengthen the muscles. It only takes a couple of minutes of your day to do so.
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Now, continue to the dedicated hamstring stretching article as apart of the Remove Back Pain System below. See you there!
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To Get Over your tight Hamstrings you’ll need the right stretches, and you can rest easy knowing that they are in this hamstring stretching article