back pain - stretch or rest

  • dextersima

    Posts: 26

    Jun 07, 2016 11:59 PM GMT
    My lower back started to hurt like a week when I tried to do something new on back day. So I took it easy and rest. And yesterday, since my back was no longer hurting, I decided to do some leg workouts. After a couple of sets of leg press, my lower back hurt really bad. I started to do some back stretching/yoga poses upon friends' advice. But it feels worse. What should I do?
  • Farmboy8

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    Jun 08, 2016 2:48 PM GMT
    When I have had lower back issues much of it stemmed from having very tight quads. I make a point to stretch them regularly before it leads to that problem again. If I find the pain is very localized in the lower spine vs tight muscles across my lower back, then my chiropractor suggested using an "ice pack" which helps reduce swelling but also expedites healing of tissues as the rush of oxygenated blood to warm the iced area happens. I found a great clay pack at my local Walgreens.... much better than the gel packs. Be careful using them on bare skin otherwise you will get a freezer burn. I hope this helps!
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    Jun 08, 2016 4:55 PM GMT
    GREAT advice Farmboy8,...... just this morning I felt my lower back tight - but stupidly continued with Leg Press -
    Paying for it now (happens often) - so I will try the ice pack....
  • dextersima

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    Jun 09, 2016 3:49 AM GMT
    Farmboy8 saidWhen I have had lower back issues much of it stemmed from having very tight quads. I make a point to stretch them regularly before it leads to that problem again. If I find the pain is very localized in the lower spine vs tight muscles across my lower back, then my chiropractor suggested using an "ice pack" which helps reduce swelling but also expedites healing of tissues as the rush of oxygenated blood to warm the iced area happens. I found a great clay pack at my local Walgreens.... much better than the gel packs. Be careful using them on bare skin otherwise you will get a freezer burn. I hope this helps!


    Thanks for the advice!
  • Drift

    Posts: 217

    Jun 09, 2016 12:13 PM GMT
    Hey dextersima,

    When you say rest, what do you mean? 'Not working out'? In terms of what kind of effect it will have, depends on how you live your life. What were you doing when you first started experiencing pain?

    While it is difficult to suggest particular courses of action without knowing more of the situation, and who you are, I can definitely suggest something broader, which may have more long term impact. Follow your sensation. Obviously you have been to a degree, and maybe you can take it further.

    - Very slowly and gently, experiment and play with finding where you can move with ease.
    - Sort for pleasure, rather than pain, if that makes sense.
    - Pay attention to your breathing, and when you can breathe easily, and when it catches.
    - Find out what your pelvis is doing, and when it stops moving in an action.

    Hope this helps =)