They hit quick, and don’t seem like they will ever let go, don’t they?
They can be big, like the whole lower side of your back is in the jaws of a powerful animal, or they can be small, like a crab has gotten a grip next to your spine, and you just can not seem to get to it.
The first thing to do about one is to apply ice. This will limit the blood flow to the affected area, and make the nerves less active, reducing the pain. When there is less pain, the muscle can also start to relax a bit.
In fact, applying ice is best for the first 2-3 days, unless you are one of the few people that really can’t take the cold, and prefer heat, but try the ice first.
You will need to rest the area, but try to get moving as soon as you comfortably can. As you gain mobility, move as much as you can without tightening back up again.
Another really good thing to do is to elevate your legs and take some of the pressure off of your back.
I recommend that you lie on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle and the lower legs resting on the seat of a chair.
If this doesn’t work for you yet, you can elevate your legs on pillows or place your feet on a foot stool while you are sitting, elevating your knees above your pelvis.
Poor pelvic alignment can make you more susceptible to back spasms.