Are you finding that hamstring stretches don’t work for you, and you’re getting a bit frustrated? You’ll find some reasons why hamstring stretches may not be working for you in this video and a suggestion at the end on what to try.

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Hamstring Stretches Don’t Work?

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Consistency – Have you been consistent with your stretches? How often and how regularly have you been doing the stretches? If there’s been no consistency and you’ve been a bit hit and miss on doing the stretches, this is where we’d suggest you start, aim for:
  • 3-4 times a week (minimum)
  • 6-weeks 
  1. Still no changes despite consistency? There may be other others you need to focus on if this is the case. We’d suggest looking above and/or below the hamstrings to add on exercises and stretches in these areas. There’s always an overlap of muscles and it may be the connecting areas that are causing the restriction. The areas to look at are:
  • Lower back
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Nerve (the nerve and hamstrings are closely linked, travelling down the back of the thigh together)

Try this exercise if hamstring stretches aren’t working for you:

Grab a massage or tennis ball and squash it against the wall with your low back. Work on the right and left sides of the low back with the ball, which will help loosen this area.

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If hamstring stretches don't work for you, try a massage ball to loosen the low back (squash it against a wall).


  • It takes time for the body to adapt/adjust and giving yourself a minimum of 6-weeks consistently working on stretches/exercises is a great time frame.
  • If you’re happy with your consistency then start working on the areas above and below the hamstrings.


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  • Focus on nerve stretches
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Trying out different exercises is key to improving and maintaining the body’s flexibility, which in turn can help with recruiting muscles efficiently.

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