It was an uneventful day.
I was at a local company and I was performing a variety of assessments on their employees. I was about 20 employees in when I got a little lazy on moving well and I felt a “click” in my back.
I have heard that “click” before.
It was never any good. It oftentimes meant a lot of pain.
As I walked around, I hoped it was just nothing but within minutes the wave of pain hit my back.
The muscle around my back began to tighten. The pain began radiating from my lower back. I could not move very well and when I did the pain intensified. My hips tightened up.
I wondered, what did I do?
How bad was this?
Would I be able to present on Saturday to hundreds of fitness professionals or would I have to call the organizers and let them know that I could not make it because of my back pain?
Plus on Sunday I was going on a 6-hour flight to Hawaii for holidays.
I shuffled and hunched my way through the rest of the assessments. As I drove home in excruciating pain, I was trying to figure out what I could do.
When I got home, I called to book a time with the Chiropractor but he was not available till next week and I needed relief, now. Looking at the list of health professionals that I knew about, I did not feel any of them could provide me with immediate relief.
I ate dinner and then began to lay on the floor and do a variety of movements and exercises.
I dug into my knowledge and experience on what I could do to help myself overcome my back pain flare-up.
I began to do weird movements and do funny exercises. Even my dog was wondering what I was doing.
I did a variety of exercises that targeted the low back, mid-back, core, and hips. After doing them, I started to feel better.
After doing the exercises, I went to bed.
When I woke up, I wondered how my back would feel. You know that feeling. You wake up and your mind has woken up but you have yet to move your body. I moved my back and was ready for the worst but, it was better. I was still in pain but it was about 30% better. I knew I was onto something.
I continued what I was doing for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning.
By the time of my presentation on Saturday afternoon to hundreds of fitness professionals, I was feeling 80% better and was able to do the presentation with minimal back pain and with good movement.
The flight to Hawaii went well, especially when I did many of the equipment-free movements in my seat or in the aisle. When I got to Hawaii, I jotted down what I did for my back and it ended up forming the basis to Low Back Pain Solved – What to do When a Lower Back Pain Flare Up Hits.
Low Back Pain Solved is what helped me deal with my back flare up and I have given it to a number of clients to help them out. Plus, I have used the exercises two other times when I flared up my back. Once when I was shoveling snow and the other time was after performing a deadlift exercise.
If you want more details on the program it is called Low Back Pain Solved:
Rick Kaselj, MS