Low back strain is another common injury of lower back. Lumbar strain feels like you “pulled a muscle” in the lower back.
How does one experience pain from lumbar strain? Let’s name a few examples: “popping” out of bed, car accident, lifting items too heavy or with poor body mechanics, poor posture, etc.
To find out what may have provoked your symptoms, check out this list of possible causes of lower back strain.
To get a little more technical, when you strain lower back muscles or any other muscles as a matter of fact, you have cause are micro-tears within the muscle tissues.
Ok, what I just said sounds terrifying but it’s not because micro- tears heal! People intentionally cause micro tears in their muscles when trying to bulk up by lifting heavy weights, in turn getting stronger! So it is not all bad and you can heal!
Low back pain is inevitable but learning how to manage or even get rid of your low back pain will save you lots of time, money and even headaches. I believe the key to preventing lower back strains reoccurring is to get stronger, improve your posture and learn how to move.
Here you will find tips, exercises and suggestion on your symptoms but first let’s figure out if you indeed did strain your lower back.
Here is a list of common symptoms of lower back strain that help you figure out what is going on.
IMPORTANT: if you are experiencing any radiating pain down the leg or legs a nerve is involved, you are not likely experience something more than a low back strain.
My general rule of thumb is if you have feelings of muscle spasms in the low back ice pack will work wonders. If you just experiencing soreness with stiffness, a hot pack will feel amazing, just as long as it does not feel inflamed.
Upon INITIAL occurrence aka the ACUTE PHASE of symptom rest, hot/cold pack application for 10-15 min as needed. Then when symptoms are subsiding then GET MOVING! I don’t generally recommend prolonged avoidance of everyday activities or movement unless it provokes significant pain of >5/10 but the more you don’t move the more stiffness and pain will onset.
The AMAZING thing about low back strain is that it is fairly an easy fix….I said easy not quick! I’ll let you guess as to what I prescribe for lower back strain pain…..you guessed it CORE, CORE, CORE!
Click on the link below of exercises specifically designed to alleviate low back pain. [ coming soon! ]
Also click here for a taping technique using kinesio tape that will temporarily provide significant relief! [Add to my coming soon list.]