Hamstring Stretches For Low Back Pain? Not So Fast…

low back pain waiting to happen

You know this guy is a low back surgeon’s dream come true.

If there was ever a contest for the ugliest squat
<== this guy would win it hands down.

But, what if his horrible squat has to do with tight hamstrings.

No doubt that can lead to chronic low back pain.

Not only that but tight hamstrings can make you look like a close relative of the hunch back of Notre Dame.

Stretching your hamstrings can help make your hips move better but does that mean hamstring stretches will help relieve lower back pain?

The answer may just lie in identifying what I call your physical profile…

…I’ve discovered that people fit into 1 of 2 types and identifying their physical profile is the KEY as to whether or not hamstring stretches will help or make an existing low back problem worse.

In the video I share the 2 profile types, a simple way to identify which one you are and which profile hamstring stretches might help and which one they might hurt.

If you found this video helpful and want to learn more about identifying muscle imbalances and the most effective way to correct them then be sure to check out Muscle Imbalances Revealed Upper Body.


  1. TerriNo Gravatar on November 28, 2011 at 1:42 am

    KevIn, this video isn’t playing…: (

  2. AmandaNo Gravatar on January 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Hi Kevin,

    A couple of years ago I did a Management of Low Back Pain’ course, a lot of things you mention remind me of my course work and help keep my knowledge. I very much have an extension pattern with an anterir tilt of the pelvis. I try to maintain a balance of both extension and a little more flexion type exercises as well as working on my TVA also. I also do quite a lot of kettlebell swings in particular (my favourite move). As swings are very much a posterior chain and extension pattern movement my hamstrings are incredibly tight as well as my hip flexors, can’t win! Seem to get quite sore no matter what I do! Do you have any suggestions, but I don’t really what to give up swings, plus I also love squats, lunges, woodchops all pretty leg dominant stuff.


  3. Kevin YatesNo Gravatar on January 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Hey Amanda, a few things might help you out…

    …first off you don’t necessarily have to give up your favorite exercises. You can use them as a way to test out your progress. One way you can do this is to perform an exercise designed to target a weak area. For example, an extension dominant person would likely have glute max weakness/underactivation even during posterior chain movements.

    Perform a set of one (or more) corrective exercise(s) for the weak area and then perform an exercise like a squat or deadlift and test out if the carryover of the weak area is there.

    Also, with any posterior chain exercises if your glutes aren’t properly activated you’ll likely experience more hamstring and/or lower back participation. This may help explain why your hamstrings get so sore.

    I did a video where I discuss posterior chain exercises and some of the problems here: http://functionaltrainingcoach.com/posterior-chain-exercises-for-lower-back-pain/

    Lastly, another KEY issue with constant muscle soreness has to do with under-recovery. Particularly if you’re working out consistently and getting sore. Your body most likely is not getting the nutrients it needs to effectively repair itself. This can happen even on a ‘healthy’ diet.

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