Lower Back Pain, I Did It Again, And I Know Better

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I yanked my right psoas muscle, and it’s easy done with a previously injured muscle or muscle group.

I was happily working on the latest book, and lost track of time. After about three hours, lost in my writing, I suddenly thought, “Did I leave the kettle on for coffee, I’ll have burned it again.” So! I put the computer down and jumped up.

Bad decision!

My right psoas (hip flexor) spasmed, bringing the left one with it (they are close friends), and I had to cancel a planned bike ride that day. In fact, my psoas history and the recent pandemic each played a role:

  • I badly strained my right psoas about 15 years ago, by spending two hours and twenty minutes on my PowerCranks, and then going for a run (silly me), but on meeting a younger friend, also running, I picked up the pace (really bad idea).
  • The gym and pool are closed due to covid-19, so less cross training and a LOT more biking, and I forget I’m about to turn 77 years of age. Relevant? Probably!
  • I usually stretch at the gym, and right now I’m tending to stretch less due to disruption of this routine.
  • I’m energized by my new book, related to animal welfare, so I become engrossed.
lower back pain
Over two hours on PowerCranks? Boy, I was fit back then.

That’s all it took to spasm my psoas muscles and have me hobbling around (trying to walk normally, which is the best approach).

Treatment: gentle release with my thumb, gentle stretching, move a lot, while relaxing my hips, don’t sit continuously for too long without moving.

Oops! Better get moving.

I should know better, having written a book on pain.

Wishing you happy hip flexors, and no lower back pain, which is a real pain.

kev aka FitOldDog

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.