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June 2016

             Self-Treatment for Lower Back Pain                                             By Justine Calderwood, PT, MSPTWhen it comes to low back pain, many people falsely believe that it stems solely from tight back muscles and/or tight hamstrings.  I have seen many people suffering from low back pain come into the clinic, and after checking their motion, find that they can bend forward and place their hands on the floor and their hamstring flexibility is normal.  These are people that have tried back stretches (such as hugging their knees to their chest, and/or stretching their hamstrings) without relief from their pain.​What is often over-looked is the role that the hips play in contributing to low back pain.  Tightness and soft-tissue