Back Pain, Magic Solutions?

Saturday morning I was playing fetch with Princess, when I bent down to pick up one of her favourite toys and felt my back twinge.

Historically, I would surely qualify as one of the least sick people I know. In the last three years, I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve had to take off work sick or injured. Unfortunately, in the last two months I’ve had some level of back pain more than once. In both occasions, I wasn’t doing anything strenuous when it happened – simply bending down to pick up something light or getting up off the sofa.

I’m fairly confident that the reason I’ve managed to hurt my back in the last couple of months is a direct by product of not doing anywhere near enough exercise and sitting far too long and often at work. When our current block of development is completed, I’m really looking forward to getting back into the gym and walking regularly again. I can literally feel in myself that my body and mental state is in a better place when I’m exercising regularly and I’m really missing it at the moment.

Over the last couple of days I’ve been trying to keep off it as much as possible, gently stretching it from time to time. Anyone have a magic solution for back pain that I need to know about in case it happens again?