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  • Writer's pictureTaruna Rijhwani

Should I be able to touch my Toes?

Updated: Dec 26, 2019

Should I be able to touch my toes??

While having good hamstring flexibility is not a bad thing, being able to touch your toes has NO correlation with your present or future episodes of back pain. There is no research that supports this hypothesis. In fact, repeated bending forward is usually a common aggravating factor for people suffering from low back pain & sciatica and is commonly avoided when you are dealing with an acute flare-up.

When asking you to bend forward, your MDT trained physical therapist looks for quality of motion at the lumbar spine, any pain or discomfort you experience while doing the movement & any limitations to this motion due to an underlying spinal issue.

So, next time if you are using “touching your toes” as a way to stretch for low back pain, think again. Stretching makes your muscles FEEL better but is not necessarily addressing the root cause of your symptoms. It is like taking a painkiller over the counter that will give you temporary relief with your pain but does not do much to resolve the underlying issue.

Always, address the source, not the symptoms!

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