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So long story short, I hit a feature last season, and literally ended up going head over heels.... over it...and landed on my lower back. Needless to say it wasn't a pleasant experience. Since then however, it seems my lower left lumbar has become quite hyper active. To put it to light the best: imagine flexing your lower back for 9 months strait now.

After seeing 2 different chiropractors and some trainer friends, the only real option left to help fix it is a professional masseuse.

Standing with my shirt ON, one can visibly see the left muscles are far more swollen. Shirt off, and you can actually watch the muscle fire off and spasm...

Anyone on here have any experience with hyper active backs? Know of any good stretches to help break up the swollen muscle tissue? Or any exercise to balance out the muscles. Anything at this point lol

Honestly, the idea that I cant alleviate my own pain is more painful to me than the actual injury.
 

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Actually your best bet would be acupuncture. Combine it with massage if you like. Get some needles monday, massage tuesday, needles wed, massage thurs. You should be good after a week or so.

Oh and to answer this - Anyone on here have any experience with hyper active backs? Know of any good stretches to help break up the swollen muscle tissue? Or any exercise to balance out the muscles. Anything at this point lol

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FOAM ROLLER. Roll the shit out of it and stretch. A good one is stretching your arm up over your head and bending toward the opposite hip. That stretches the hip and low back really deep. Basicaly a sideways arch. A masseuse will give you a bunch of stretches after she assesses you though.

Just get a roller though, they help big time.

Oh and drink more water, that might just be the issue in itself?
 

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Actually your best bet would be acupuncture. Combine it with massage if you like. Get some needles monday, massage tuesday, needles wed, massage thurs. You should be good after a week or so.

Oh and to answer this - Anyone on here have any experience with hyper active backs? Know of any good stretches to help break up the swollen muscle tissue? Or any exercise to balance out the muscles. Anything at this point lol

Yes!

FOAM ROLLER. Roll the shit out of it and stretch. A good one is stretching your arm up over your head and bending toward the opposite hip. That stretches the hip and low back really deep. Basicaly a sideways arch. A masseuse will give you a bunch of stretches after she assesses you though.

Just get a roller though, they help big time.

Oh and drink more water, that might just be the issue in itself?
Tbh I've actually consciously increased my water intake. AND I have my foam roller right here next to me :thumbsup:

But acupuncture is a first one...sounds...interesting. I'll look into it and start considering external help Lol thanks :thumbsup:
 

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Don't let the thought of needles scare you, it's not painful and it is the best thing for swollen muscles and accute injury. Just find somebody good that is versed in sports injuries. Peronally I go to an old asian dude that was a medical doctor in China and has been doing sports related acupunture for 30+ years, he has photos of famous Canadian athletes (including edmonton oilers) on his wall, signed saying thank you. He's fixed me up a few times now.
 

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What did your X-rays show? Any structure misalignment. I now use a in inversion table of traction combined with stretching and this has helped me greatly.
I had structural issues which then caused muscle spasms and severe tightness in my back. The use of those two things helped me greatly!!!
 

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So long story short, I hit a feature last season, and literally ended up going head over heels.... over it...and landed on my lower back. Needless to say it wasn't a pleasant experience. Since then however, it seems my lower left lumbar has become quite hyper active. To put it to light the best: imagine flexing your lower back for 9 months strait now.

After seeing 2 different chiropractors and some trainer friends, the only real option left to help fix it is a professional masseuse.

Standing with my shirt ON, one can visibly see the left muscles are far more swollen. Shirt off, and you can actually watch the muscle fire off and spasm...

Anyone on here have any experience with hyper active backs? Know of any good stretches to help break up the swollen muscle tissue? Or any exercise to balance out the muscles. Anything at this point lol

Honestly, the idea that I cant alleviate my own pain is more painful to me than the actual injury.
Hyper active back isn't a diagnosis. Back pain is a diagnosis, which can be caused by hyperactive back muscles...
By if your back is hypertonic, there is usually a damn good reason to why, and also understand that hypertonic paraspinals does not = back pain.
Have you had x-rays done? If you haven't go get them, look for a pars fracture by the description of that mechanism.
Is there any popping and clicking? I'd also be worried about instability of some sort.

In terms of stretching and exercises, don't worry about the superficial muscles so much. you wan't to start activating and using the deep muscles.
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I'd also suggest find a PT certified in functional movement screening to help you with this if you are in Canada, or a CCSP/FMS/SFMA certified chiropractor if you are in the United States.
 

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It may be a naive question, but have you used icepacks? I have back problems (relatively minor, muscle rather than skeletal related) and when something starts to get chronic, a couple of ice applications usually take the swelling down enough to be able to stretch it out.
 

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If it's recent, ice yes. If it's been awhile, you need to get it looked at thoroughly. Preferably a doctor who takes the time to take a full history
 

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What did your X-rays show? Any structure misalignment. I now use a in inversion table of traction combined with stretching and this has helped me greatly.
I had structural issues which then caused muscle spasms and severe tightness in my back. The use of those two things helped me greatly!!!
Pretty much this. An inversion table I could definitely use. I never really considered I was structurally wasn't intact. Though now it seems fairly obvious

Hyper active back isn't a diagnosis. Back pain is a diagnosis, which can be caused by hyperactive back muscles...
By if your back is hypertonic, there is usually a damn good reason to why, and also understand that hypertonic paraspinals does not = back pain.
Have you had x-rays done? If you haven't go get them, look for a pars fracture by the description of that mechanism.
Is there any popping and clicking? I'd also be worried about instability of some sort.
To be fair I never said I was diagnosed with Anything Lol. And I definitely know what did it....I did a flip onto my back 20 feet past the feature:thumbsup:

the mentioned exercises don't really help me. If anything they make it worse by further aggravating the muscles. Remember theyre hyper active not under active. I need them to loosen and relax some how without eating somas like they're skittles.

I'm thinking it has some correlations with muscles in my hips and legs

It may be a naive question, but have you used icepacks? I have back problems (relatively minor, muscle rather than skeletal related) and when something starts to get chronic, a couple of ice applications usually take the swelling down enough to be able to stretch it out.
Not naive, It's what my chiropractor keeps recommending but it can go either way. While it can reduce the swelling, it also makes it super stiff at times. So idk.
 

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Don't let the thought of needles scare you, it's not painful and it is the best thing for swollen muscles and accute injury. Just find somebody good that is versed in sports injuries. Peronally I go to an old asian dude that was a medical doctor in China and has been doing sports related acupunture for 30+ years, he has photos of famous Canadian athletes (including edmonton oilers) on his wall, signed saying thank you. He's fixed me up a few times now.
I'll ask my half Chinese gf to hook me up with one of her millions of relatives
 

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What helped me is when the chiro uses that electricity machine on my back. Then he moves my spine back into place if it's out of place.

The electricity tends to help loosen my muscles, please go see a chiro that does that if he /she isn't doing that.

He also rec me to take these.
 

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Actually there is another better technique similar to acupuncture. Look for a physical therapist that is certified in "dry needling". Insurance usually will cover it, you typically get a set amount of visits per injury with typical insurance policies.

Dry needling goes a slight bit deeper and releases the nerve tension. It's instant relief except you will be sore like you got a really good deep tissue message.
 

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So update:

After going through and exploring possible explanations, I came across 2 possibilities and it could be a combo of both!

First was it could be a possible strain on my quad. The muscle would then cause extreme tightness throughout my hip and lower back(which I have both)

and second is it it could be a possible hip/girdle muscle strain which again would create the tightness in my lower back. Since I've been exploring and stretching out my hips, I've definitely noticed something different. I'll update in another week or two with this new perspective

Ice. Stretch. Foam Roll. and throw in some spa/steam room sessions. I'd try some epson salt, but soaking my hips and lower back would be...difficult
 

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So update:

After going through and exploring possible explanations, I came across 2 possibilities and it could be a combo of both!

First was it could be a possible strain on my quad. The muscle would then cause extreme tightness throughout my hip and lower back(which I have both)

and second is it it could be a possible hip/girdle muscle strain which again would create the tightness in my lower back. Since I've been exploring and stretching out my hips, I've definitely noticed something different. I'll update in another week or two with this new perspective

Ice. Stretch. Foam Roll. and throw in some spa/steam room sessions. I'd try some epson salt, but soaking my hips and lower back would be...difficult
Roll your IT bands too, probably the most painfull thing I can think of doing but it sure feels good after. Do you not have a bathtub?
 

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Roll your IT bands too, probably the most painfull thing I can think of doing but it sure feels good after. Do you not have a bathtub?
I know it hurts like a bitch. But my hips are SO tight that when I roll on the IT band on my left side where the injury is, I hardly feel it. Damn that's tight.

I have one of those half showers/tubs. I guess I just didn't want to dump in enough to even out the ratio :dunno: I'm po' dammit haha
 

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Just curious... but in human medicine, is "back pain" an actual diagnosis? In veterinary medicine, it would be a sign or symptom.
It's a diagnosis for i don't know wtf is wrong pretty much, but it is an official diagnosis.
Back pain can be caused by a million different things.... Dysfunctional movement patterns is probably the most cutting edge, but can also come from, discs, facets etc etc etc...

As for rolling IT Band, waste of time, you need to role out your glutes and TFL. Rolling out tendons takes months-years to affect the length where muscle bellies take days-weeks to see changes.
Although hip "tightness" can influence backpain immensely due to improper loading, you had a severe impact to your low back... you need to get checked out. At least a front to back, side and oblique low back x ray when you're standing.
 
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