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 often times 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. 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