11 Simple Stretches for Back Pain Relief

#2: Elevated Leg Hamstring Stretch

Elevated Leg Hamstring Stretch

Don’t be confused by the amount of leg stretches on this list for back pain relief. The leg muscles are some of the largest muscles in your body, and they connect to your back. Tight leg muscles are actually one of the most common causes for back pain!

This is a stretch you can do anywhere – in the gym, next to your bed or beside your couch. You simply need to elevate one leg approximately waist high (or lower to start, if you’re really tight). I like to put my foot up on the arm of my couch. You’ll feel your hamstrings and the back of your leg tighten up as you do this. Simply stand up straight and allow the tension to release for about 30 seconds. Repeat the process with the other leg. You may find that you’re loosening up after just 1 stretch for each leg; if not, repeat the stretch 3 times for each leg.