Hi, I have suffered back pain for over 5 years. Finally my osteopath diagnosed me as having joint dysfunction, which basically is really tight muscles around the joints. I have tried stretching and get some relief but I go to do a bit of easy housework and it flares up. Does anyone else suffer this or have any suggestions. The stretches that I have to do are usually ones that rotate my spine. Thanks for any help.
I have chronic low back pain, l4-l5, l5-s1 but I think I know what you're talking about. When I do housework (or just about anything physical), upper and lower muscles get knotted and ache. I think I'm compensating with these muscles by trying not to use my low back. What I have found very helpful are some new stretches that I learned in physical therapy. Ice works great on spasms and a mild muscle relaxant (I like Bacalafen 5-10 mg) helps me a lot. I can take half a Bacalafen early in the day, a whole one by afternoon and not feel sedated. I hate having heavy eyelids. Also, the jacuzzi or even a long hot shower beating on those muscles works well. What did your osteopath suggest to deal with it? I saw an osteopath for 8 years and, to be honest, the manipulation did little if nothing for me; it was the meds he prescribed that did. Hope this helps.
Hi Cinderella...I've also been suffering from back pain (lower back). I just started going to a physical therapist who gave me four different stretches to do twice a day. She also says to always bend at the knees when bending over (don't bend your back), which I almost always never did before. It's really hard to be aware of what you're doing and how you're moving/bending/twisting when working around the house or gardening, etc., but now I am trying to become more aware of it. I know what you mean about the muscle tightness in your upper back...now that I'm not bending my lower back, and starting to do the exercises, my upper back is a little achy. Hopefully, this will go away in time.
Anyway, just make sure you do stretches before doing any work.