Pulled lower back muscle

  • jonnyangel

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    Apr 14, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    A week ago today I was washing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees.I was reaching for a dust bunny that was getting away, and pulled my lower back muscle.I was on the couch 2 days with an ice pack.For a few days after, I was in pain getting up in the morning.It is much better now,but I do feel it a little bit.Is is too early to start a light work-out this weekend?Or should I just wait awhile?I am 57, by the way.I am anxious to get back to the gym.
  • mybud

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    Apr 14, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    I'd wait....Do some light stretching until your 100%...All the best man.
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    Apr 14, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    try to do some isometric soft workout... try yoga to give relax to your back, and get some flexibility...
  • chi_rock

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    Apr 14, 2012 5:47 PM GMT
    I would give it a go, but then I'm a pure gym rat and the layoff would be driving me nuts.
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    Apr 14, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    Are you a bit stiff in the area where you pulled the muscle?

    If you're muscles have seized up in that area, warm heating pad is better than an ice pack. It'll help the muscle to relax and loosen up.

    Light workout after a 1 week layoff should do you good.
  • jerseyguy

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    Apr 14, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    i'd wait as well. you could easily reinjure it.
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    Apr 14, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    I did the same thing last year. I laid off for a week or so; just did some stretching and exercises that didn't load the back. A session with a massage therapist helped a great deal.
  • sloughwest

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    Apr 14, 2012 6:12 PM GMT
    I have had a back issue from time to time, one time it was so painful I ended up spending 8 hours lying on the bathroom floor when it went, fortunately my other half was home and was able to bring me food!

    However, having researched it, I find the following the best solution, it works for me in that it cuts the recovery time from a week or more to a couple of days

    1. Drink plenty of alcohol and watch comedys on TV for the first night, this causes the body to relax, the muscles then give way, some times a quick ... before sleep also completes the relaxation and muscles should drop out of spasm.

    2. Hit the rower on a low damper setting, chilling and relaxing listening to some music as you do 2000m, this gets the muscles and back moving, and everything can move back into place (ie. out of being trapped between vertebrae)

    Warning.... this is my own personal opinion, and you should always seek a qualified doctors opinion.
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    Apr 14, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    Did the same about 6 weeks ago while lifting and twisting. I did lots of walking, which relieved it a lot and also did a lumbar stretching routine every day (physio, without the sadist). I started rowing again a couple of weeks ago and have had no problems since.

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    Apr 15, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    As a person who has suffered with lower back pain since I was 15, I can tell you one thing I have learned for sure.....inactivity is the WORST thing you can do for it! I'd start out by taking frequent walks, then get back into the gym as soon as possible.