I injured my back years & years ago, and every few years I'll do
something (lift something, sleep wrong, or just make some kind of
movement incorrectly) & it will go "out" again. This happened most
recently in January, resulting in agonizing pain--nearly any kind of
movement (laughing, coughing, even taking a deep breath) would cause
the muscles in my back to go into spasm, causing of course more pain.
The only way I was comfortable was laying on my back & not moving.
After three days on the couch I realized I had to do something, &
telephoned a physical therapists office near my home. The owner was
booked solid, but he could literally hear the pain in my voice, took
pity on me, and told me he would see me during his lunch hour. Long
story short, after a week he had me out of pain & back to normal.
This particular Physical Therapist is really really good & has built
up a thriving practice--has a half dozen other P.T.s in his office,
massage therapist, a full gym in his office, etc. Anyway, he told me
that the only long-term solution for me to keep my back healthy (& me
pain free) was to start working out & especially strengthen the
muscles in my back & stomache. I had never lifted weights a day in my
life, but pain is great motivator, so I joined a gym & hired a
personal trainer to teach me how to use all the machines & do the
exercises correctly. The results have been significant, & I only wish
I had done this years ago.
Like someone else also suggested, I imagine taking Pilates &/or Yoga
classes might also be a good idea. Just make sure that your
teacher/trainer knows about your back problems & that you start off