This article has elicited more responses from readers than many of my other posts. I’ve added a bit to it in terms of chronic pain secondary to Repetitive Stress Injuries that may help you take a bit different approach.
Do people’s lower backs hurt when they tilt their chin forward to look at their toes? Do they feel a pull and a strain between their shoulder blades? Physical problems in the lower back between the shoulder blades is quite common, but massages on tight, sore muscles won’t alleviate this discomfort. It’s logical to expect that problems in the lower back would be caused by tight muscles in this area, but to really get an understanding of what’s going on here, we need to back it up a step and look at more than just the back.
- Lower back pain when looking down is caused by muscular concerns in most patients.
- The lumbar pain is often described as stabbing. It can exist directly over the spine or on one or both sides of the vertebral column.
- The most common sources of lower back pain from looking downwards are soft tissue problems that have caused the muscles of the region to change in strength and length.
“Luckily, lumbar strain will usually resolve without any particular treatment, as long as it is not a chronic version of RSI.”
Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) results in scar tissue (repair work by the body), which can lead to contracted musculature, reduced range of motion, and chronic pain. These types of pain syndromes may not just “go away”. Some attention to structure and muscle balance can help. Manual therapy, i.e. physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, and structural bodywork can often help with this type of problem. Refer to my article about postural imbalances to get an idea of some things you can do to help with pain from RSI.