Sometimes an muscle strain is just waiting to happen! For example I do a lot of massage which leaves me with some muscles built up and others weak in my back through the constant leaning forward motion. Last year I went for a bike ride and rode a bike which was a bit too big for me. I was leaning forward more than I was used to and the muscles were straining. I did have a bath that night to relax them, and in the morning they felt okay.... UNTIL I went make my bed! I stretched forward and suddenly the tight muscles went "ping" and I had a muscle strain. Think of it like a rubber band.. it gets tight with our posture and daily use of the muscle - we get used to this and don't notice the pain/tension. Then we do something different and it gets tighter still and then one day we just stretch it too far and the rubber band/muscle gives out "ping". So one thing to be aware of with back injuries is that they can be an indication of something that has been developing for a very long time. For proper healing to take place we need to look at the whole body structure.
So a stitch in time saves nine. You can do a lot to prevent muscle pain..
1. If you feel yourself tightening up have a massage
2. Gently stretch your muscles
3. Put a hot water bottle/wheatbag on a tight area
5. Check your work station to ensure you are sitting correctly
6. Take regular breaks
7. Keep on top of stress - it tightens up your muscles
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