However, I am someone who very recently laid in bed in pain due to a lower back strain. Here's the story:
Sunday night, I went to the gym like any other normal Sunday night and like I am about to do in just a few minutes. I get to the gym and do my usual warm up - a mile run, five minutes on the stair climber and some push-ups and pull ups. I sauntered over to the free bar and prepped to do some squats.
I picked up the bar (45 lbs.) and decided to do a lot of reps with the bar resting on my shoulders. I started with 12 reps, then increased by 4 with each new set. By the time I got to 20, I was feeling pretty tired. But, I made a huge mistake and leaned forward with the bar on my shoulders just as I was putting the bar down.
I immediately felt a huge shock of pain in my lower back and knew I had gone too far forward. What was I thinking?! So, I walked out feeling tiny shocks every time I moved. I thought I was done for the next month.
Here's what I believe to be the reason I was back at the gym on Wednesday, feeling great:
I got home and immediately laid down and iced. I did this on and off for about 20 minute intervals for a few hours until I went to bed. When I got in my bed, my fiance massaged it for about 15-20 minutes with MSM gel by Forever Living Products. *Disclaimer: I work for the company.
That night was difficult. I was restless and woke up every few hours with pain. But, I took ibuprofen before bed, which makes me think it could have been much worse.
When I woke up in the morning, I got dressed gingerly. Rubbed some more MSM Gel on my back and my fiance very nicely massaged it for about five minutes. As I went through the day, I rubbed more MSM Gel every few hours. I got home and rested for the night.
By Tuesday morning, I was feeling much better. I did a lot of stretching, laying on my back and had my fiance massage it again for a few minutes.
This was my routine and it's Sunday. Heading back to the gym for another great workout. I really believe the massage and the stretching had a lot to do with healing. It's so powerful and can help get your blood circulating better and to places to heal. If you aren't adding a few minutes to stretch into your routine, or aren't scheduling massages every few months, then you are missing out. Help your body! Get your blood moving!