Can Tight Hamstrings Cause Lower Back Pain?

  • Hamstrings feeling super tight?
  • Do you always feel the need to stretch your lower back?
  • We can help eliminate these issues!

You’ve probably heard football teams mention ‘back related hamstring injuries’ when referring to a particular players dodgy hammies, but exactly how does hamstring function relate to the lower back?

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Muscular imbalance is a big causative factor of pain within the human body. The pelvis is a common site where these muscular imbalances can lead to symptoms like Lower Back Pain. Basically, any muscle with tendonous attachments to the pelvis can cause pain in another muscle group within the body. The origin of the hamstrings is at the Ischial Tuberosity (sit bone – the lowest point of the pelvis). When there is significant weakness, shortening, excessive lengthening, and/or general lack of strong functional tensegrity within the hamstrings – there can be pain felt in another area of the body due to imbalance (often in the Lower Back!). These issues cause excessive pulling and pushing on the pelvis during movement, which causes the Lower Back to feel strained and tight. This is when you need to find a knowledgeable practitioner. One that determine whether your Lower Back is causing your Lower Back Pain or whether it is down to muscular imbalance, commonly originating from the Hamstrings or Deep Hip Flexors. 

To combat these issues it’s important to hydrate the hamstrings through massage. Deep tissue massage will break up adhesive tissue, fixated tension, and scarred knots in order to increase their functionality.Following regular treatment, it’s important to strengthen the hamstrings to ensure muscles and fascial lines are aligned and balanced during movement. Watch the below videos to see how practitioners at Melbourne Muscular Therapies deliver the deepest forms of massage in order to balance the pelvis and eliminate Lower Back Pain.