- Age 18-34
- Injury Status Cured
- Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Number of Surgeries None
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Muscle Strain
For 3 years now, I've had reoccurring aching and sometimes muscle spasms in my low back. I could often feel the muscles getting tense and agitated in the run-up to a spasm, which I could sometimes hold off in a state of less-intense twinging and throbbing for several days; sometimes bending over would set it off more fully and it would hurt periodically throughout the day—not impeding moving around, luckily, but always aching, and twinging painfully in many positions and with many movements. This pain came and went with weeks in between where my back felt average, which isn't to say it never hurt.
I've been seeing chiropractors since I was little because I did high-impact sports. When my back muscles hurt, chiropractic care provided little to no immediate or long-term relief. If my back hurt from a specific point in my spine (skeletal rather than muscle-related), chiropractic sometimes helped and sometimes didn't. Yoga and stretching sometimes provided a tiny bit of immediate relief from muscle pain, sometimes not. I would ice and heat to try to get muscles to relax, which made them feel better while the compresses were on but didn't last once removed. Sometimes I felt strengthening or yoga was helping in the long-term, but then my back would hurt again so I wasn't sure.
I took Esther's foundations course during a period of low back pain; I had gotten a new mattress pad because I thought the old one was too firm and causing me pain; the new one made my back much worse! I slept on the ground for a few nights and practiced Esther's stretches and soon moved back to my bed. Although the muscles continued to hurt and get a bit more tight and sensitive as I was first learning the material, her techniques also brought be relief. After the first few lessons, some of the stretching methods suddenly shifted from being a bit much for the muscles and uncomfortable for my pelvis to being super relaxing. Some of the stretches were great form the start. It has been about a month since the course and I just realized my low back hasn't hurt or felt tight since then, and I haven't had any problems with my new bed (which probably wasn't a problem in the first place).