When I did all my yard work on Sunday, I wasn't surprised that it left me with stiff hamstrings. The problem is, four days have passed and the entire back of my left thigh is still sore and stiff. I do enough yoga that I can ordinarily bend forward and put my palms on the floor. Right now, I can barely get my fingertips past my knees.
Since one side is particularly bad, I'm trying ice. I find that my huge, round, Pampered Chef Chillzanne platter makes a great ice pack for large muscle groups. I've sat on the couch with it against my upper back many a time. Once the gel inside thaws out, I just wash it and put it back in the freezer for the next time I overwork a lat muscle or want to serve a chilled hors d'oeuvre.