|Originally posted by suebrown:
You may need more than this simple advice, but stretching the hamstrings often helps alleviate low back pain.
Here's my favorite one:
Stand with feet very wide apart.
Bend slowly from the waist, keeping the back flat (not rounded).
Hands can be on waist, out to the sides, or out in front of you.
Aim for touching your nose to the floor (it'll probably get nowhere near the floor, though).
OOPS! No offense, but you need to be very, very, careful with that. a lot of what people perceive to be be tight hamstrings is actually tight hip flexors.
Tight hip flexors bring about a factor called reciprocal inhibition. In plain English, this means that as the hip flexors overwork, your glutes will under work. If your glutes are weak, the hamstrings will have to do part of their work on some movements. this will make the hamstrings seem tight. While stretching the hamstrings may temporarily relieve the symptoms, it may not be getting to the root cause.
And as far as root causes go, it differs from person to person. Over the internet absolutely nobody is qualified to tell you what is causing the problem in the first place.
While some people have had sucess with chiropractors, keep in mind there is a good deal of "chiro quackery" going on. Basically, it would be a good idea to have both your static and dynamic posture evaluated. Then, get on a program that would correct alignment, while teaching you how to use your deep core muscles more actively.