If you feel stiff and tight after sitting for prolonged periods of time, the problem may reside with your "hamstring muscles," the three long bundles of muscle in the back of the upper legs. When you sit, the hamstrings move into a shortened position. The more sitting you do, the shorter the hamstrings get. As a result of tight hamstrings, the pelvis tends to rotate backward (such is the case when you tighten your abdominal muscles). The resultant decreased curvature in the lower back may shift spinal alignment and cause pain. Conversely, a flattened lower back may contribute to tightened hamstrings. In either case, don't try to stretch to relieve the pain and stiffness. They may Only make matters worse.

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and headaches. To schedule an appointment for chiropractic treatment, please call 860-621-2225, or visit us at 200 Queen St., Southington.

HINT: If your hamstrings are tight and your lower back is painful, a chiropractor can evaluate which area requires treatment first, then gently manipulate the affected joints and tissues.

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