Lie on your back with your legs extended straight out. Bend the right knee up and cross it over the left side of your body. Hold in a position that allows you to feel a gentle stretch through the back and buttocks muscles for 20 seconds. Tighten your core muscles and rotate back to center.
How can I relax my back muscles naturally?
Rest. Perhaps the best and most natural way to relax your muscles is to rest. Make sure to get lots of sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and try not to overwork the affected muscle. Using heat pads or ice packs on the muscle can provide immediate relief.
What causes muscle tightness in the back?
There are many causes for tight back muscles and consequent lower back pain, including stress from overuse, acute trauma, spinal arthritis, fibromyalgia, and contractions of the muscle sheath that covers and supports the spine.
What is the fastest way to relieve back muscle pain?
The basic way to relieve a strain or minor injury is to take it easy for 24 to 72 hours. Use an ice pack and an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. After the inflammation calms down, a heating pad or pack can help soothe muscles and connective tissue.
Why won’t my back muscles relax?
Sports injuries, overtraining, and accidents can cause your back to feel tight. Even everyday activities such as sitting can cause tightness. Often you develop tightness in the lower back to compensate for an issue in another part of the body. Tight hamstrings and gluteus muscles can also contribute to this tightness.
How do you treat tight muscles?
You may be able to treat muscle stiffness at home with rest, massage, and application of heat or cold. Heat may work better for muscle tightness. Cold may work better for swelling and inflammation. Options include hot and cold packs, heating pads, and heat therapy patches.
How can you tell if back pain is muscular?
- Pain that gets worse when you move, especially when bending or stretching.
- Difficulty standing up straight.
- Swelling or bruising in a specific area.
- Sharp or achy pain, usually limited to the lower back and buttocks area.
- Spasm-like pain or cramps.
How should I sleep to reduce back pain?
Try lying on your side. Place a pillow between your knees to keep your spine in a neutral position and relieve strain on your back. If you need to sleep on your back, slide a pillow under your knees. Be sure to sleep on a comfortably firm mattress.
Is walking good for lower back pain?
The simple movement of walking is one of the best things we can do for chronic lower back pain. Ten to fifteen minutes of walking twice a day will help ease lower back pain. Substitute this activity for a more vigorous type of exercise if you prefer and/or are able.