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What's the cause of my hamstring tightness?

Question: What's the cause of my hamstring tightness?

I've had a tightness in my right hamstring now for well over 9 months. I've been to a chirpractor, orthopedic surgeon, and physical therapy, and no one seems to be able to get rid of it. It doesn't prevent me from running, but I feel the tightness even when I'm walking and especially when I'm sprinting/kicking a soccer ball. The PT did ultrasound and massage therapy, as well as stretching and exercising. I've continued rehabbing it on my own, but it hasn't gotten any better. I feel like it's connected in some way to the constant tightness I feel in my right glutes/buttox. I can feel it all the way down to the bone if I press hard enough. Is it a nerve that aggravated? My flexibility is very good, but the tightness just lingers!



you might want to consider a caudal epidural injection treating potential irritation/inflammation of spinal nerves which innervate the hamstrings and can cause that constant tightness you talk about.

alex n


Hi there

I am an Australian Kinesiologist/sports therapist.

Your hamstrings are pulling the back of your right pelvis downward and this causes pelvic torque. With other words, your right hip is tilted backwards more than the left one. This causes friction at the sacro-iliac joint, where the pelvis is joining the spine.
When we get clients with right hamstring problems they invariably suffer from a candida albicans, a yeast overgrowth in the GI tract. This also affects the iliacus musle which runs fron the inside of the pelvis from the pelvic crest to the greater trochanter on the femur. This muscle, as the name implies, runs on the same energy as the ileum. Candida affects this muscle as well.
Massage prominent knobs on the back of the pelvis (PSIS) as well as spinal processes at L4-5 level. Avoid all simple carbs for a couple of weeks. As candida is often caused by allergies, avoid allergenic foods such as dairy, peanuts, eggs etc. You didn't mention your age but I guess you are old enough to stop using the cow as a wetnurse. You might not produce lactase anymore and can't digest the sugar (lactose) in milk.
Undigested sugars in the system can lead to a heap of problems including Candida and diabetes.
It is not caused by a lack of caudal epidural injections.

Good luck.