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Archive for January 2nd, 2011

A safe and effective way to stretch the hamstrings is with a standing wall hamstring stretch.  If you suffer from back pain as well as knee osteoarthritis, this stretch can help loosen your hamstrings and spare your back.  This is one article in a series about stretching to conservatively treat knee OA.

Standing Wall Stretch

Standing Wall Stretch

Standing Wall Hamstring Stretch:

1.  Place your hands on a wall – shoulder height, shoulder width apart.

2.  Step back with one leg and push against the wall.

3.  Press your heels into the floor while keeping your back straight – until you feel a gentle stretch.

4.  Hold the stretch for ten seconds.

5.  Repeat with the other leg.

6.  Stretch each leg five times.