Exercise of the week: Wall hamstring stretch

Last week, we posted 100 exercises for our 100th post. Each of the exercises you are able to do with the very basics: a table or bed, a wall, a chair, and your own body.

The first exercise is a way to stretch your hamstrings without putting strain through your lower back. Lay on your back in a doorway and prop your heel up against the wall. The other leg should be straight out in front of you. Using your hands/body, scoot yourself forwards until you feel a stretch along the back of the elevated leg. Maintain this position for 30-60 seconds.

You may want to consult with a physical therapist first to see if you should be stretching your hamstrings in the first place. There are people with tight hamstrings that would benefit from this stretch, but it is important to know if something other than tight hamstrings is causing you problems. Often the problem may arise from hip mobility or strength deficits. A physical therapist can assess this for you and determine the best combination of exercises and stretches for you.

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