One surprising culprit behind back pain? For some people, it involves tight hamstrings. The good news? There are ways to relieve your pain and prevent further discomfort through exploring stretches and strength training. Below, we break down why tight hamstrings happen, how they cause back pain, and how to stretch these large and important muscles.

Combatting tight hamstrings with stretches and strengthening is the best way to see improvement, according to Veronica Clark, PT, DPT at Strive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation. She shared some example stretches and exercises to try.

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