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Seated Hamstring Stretch

Seated man doing hamstring stretch.

Your physical therapist may suggest this flexibility exercise. Stop the exercise if it causes pain and talk about it with your physical therapist or healthcare provider. During the exercise, be sure not to bounce.

Here are the steps to the seated hamstring stretch:

  • Sit with one leg extended and your back straight. Bend your other leg so that the sole of your foot rests against your mid-thigh.

  • Reach toward your ankle. Keep your knee, neck, and back straight.

  • Feel the stretch in the back of your thigh.

  • Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat  2 times.

  • Repeat 2 to 3 times per day.

For your safety, check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Turley Jr PA-C
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2020
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