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Lower Back Muscle Pain/Strain

Lower Back Muscle Pain/Strain

What Causes Back Muscle Pain?

Most causes of low back pain are muscle, ligament or joint related. Commonly, these back injuries are caused by muscular strains, ligament sprains and joint dysfunction, particularly when pain arises suddenly during or following physical loading of your spine. Muscle fatigue, excessive loads, high speeds or poor lifting postures are the most common causes.

The causes of simple back pain are numerous but roughly fall into the following categories.

Back Muscle Strains


Muscle pain is the most common source of back pain. Muscle fatigue, excessive loads or poor lifting or sitting postures are the most common problems. Inefficient, weak, or back muscles that lack endurance or normal contraction timing can lead to poor joint stabilisation and subsequent injury to your back muscles, ligaments, joints or even spinal discs. Poor Posture Poor posture when sitting, standing and lifting at work, can place unnecessary stress upon your spine. With muscle fatigue or overstretching, your ligaments and discs can stretch and this places spinal joint muscles and nerves under pain-causing pressure or strain, that results in back pain. Ligament Sprains Ligaments are the strong fibrous bands that limit the amount of movement at available at each spinal level. Stretching ligaments too far or too quickly will tear them with subsequent bleeding into the surrounding tissues, causing swelling, muscular spasm and pain. Awkward lifting, sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents are very common causes. Just as in other regions of the body, physiotherapy hastens ligament healing and relieves pain so that you can enjoy life again as soon as possible.

What are Symptoms of Back Muscle Pain?

Back muscle pain symptoms may range from a mild ache to sudden debilitating back pain. Typical back muscle pain symptoms include: Localized back pain, with no radiation into your buttock or leg. Back muscle tenderness and/or spasm. Protective back stiffness. Sudden back pain onset.

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Brand: McKenzie Institute Model: MKI-G11
The ultimate gift for back pain sufferers, this combo includes the tool and techniques that have freed hundreds of thousands from low back pain and sciatica.Bestseller Treat Your Own Back offers do-it-yourself treatment through postural change, ergonomics and simple exercises.  It offers a clea..
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Brand: McKenzie Institute Model: MKI-708
This low-profile lumbar roll promotes a natural posture in the low back while in a seated position, by supporting the lumbar spine and preventing a slouched posture. Featuring a bevelled design, the more contoured shape is slimmer than the Standard Roll, but with increased density. Particularly bene..
$44.00 CAD
Brand: McKenzie Institute Model: MKI-705
The lumbar cushion is a slimmer option than other lumbar rolls, working to support the lumbar spine and prevent a slouched posture. Particularly beneficial for those who develop pain in the low back or lower extremities while seated, but cannot tolerate the support from a full sized lumbar roll or c..
$32.00 CAD
Brand: Chattanooga Model: CHT-1515-4
The CEFAR Easy TENS unit is a whole new concept developed specifically for the neck, upper and lower back. This TENS unit is very easy to use and is designed and approved by physiotherapists to help reduce your pain. It is safe, effective, and unlike oral painkillers, completely free from side effe..
$200.00 CAD
Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-AN36
Designed specifically for core training, balance work and body alignment, the OPTP Anatomical Roller™ is the only foam roller that naturally supports and aligns the spine during exercise. An anatomically shaped groove, one rounded side and two uniquely tapered ends make the Anatomical Roller unlike..
$59.99 CAD
Brand: Bauerfeind Model: BF-1218500008000*
Stabilizing support giving relief to the lumbar spine The LordoLoc lower back brace is a high end brace suitable for use as a light back support for the stabilization of the lumbar spine, for example in the event of chronic lumbar vertebral syndrome. The stabilizing orthosis with four 91/4" integra..
$200.00 CAD
Brand: BioFreeze Model: BF-13841
BioFreeze Professional Colourless Pain Relieving Gel - This fast acting, menthol based formula of BioFreeze provides you powerful pain relief when directly applied to the skin. In fact, clinical studies have shown that those who use BioFreeze decrease their pain twice as much as those who use ice. ..
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Brand: BodyMed Model: BM-BDM358OS
These heavy duty oversized cold therapy packs are filled with non-toxic silica gel to stay pliable when frozen, delivering soothing cold therapy. They can be used to provide pain relief, to treat fever, bruises, sprains and strains, and to help manage swelling. Simply apply immediately after an inj..
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Brand: Breg Model: BG-10601K
The Polar Care Kodiak - Knee Cold Therapy System is convenient, versatile, comes in a compact design and is easy to use for your knee.With the addition of a little ice and water, you will enjoy 6-8 hours of effortless cryotherapy (cold therapy) maintaining a constant temperature during this time.&nb..
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Brand: Breg Model: BG-10601
The Polar Care Kodiak Cold Therapy System is convenient, versatile, comes in a compact design and is easy to use.This makes it great for clinic, hospital, and home use.  With the addition of a little ice and water, you will enjoy 6-8 hours of effortless cryotherapy (cold therapy) maintaining a ..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-320
The Specially designed contour leg pillow by OPTP fits between the knees while sleeping to relieve strain and pressure on the lower back, knees and ankles.  It helps maintain a  neutral posture while sleeping on your side. By ensuring proper hip and back alignment when lying on your side,..
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Brand: DonJoy Model: DJO-82-0231
The Actistrap back support from Donjoy is an elastic lumbar support with strong compressive straps. Providing enhanced posture control, this comfortable to wear back support helps to alleviate lumbar pain by exerting strong compression. This back support can be used for acute, subacute or chronic..
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Brand: DonJoy Model: DJO-82-0234/5
The Conforstrap back support is an elastic knitted lumbar support, which provides moderate compression. Featuring an ergonomic front panel and two flexible abdominal stays, this comfortable to wear back support helps to alleviate pain by exerting compression. The back support also has a removab..
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Brand: DonJoy Model: DJO-82-0229
The Immostrap back support from Donjoy is a high end lumbar support with upper and lower compression. This comfortable to wear back support helps to alleviate back pain by exerting strong compression. This support can be used for acute or subacute lower back pain, lumbar arthritis, following..
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Brand: Elasto-Gel Model: SWT-LW202/3
This high quality ice and heat lumbar therapy wrap is perfectly designed for hot/cold use over the lower back. The use of an ice wrap for an acute injury or after surgery can help reduce the inflammation and speed up the recovery process.  It can also help reduce pain and swelling.  Onc..
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Brand: Franklin Method Model: OPTP-LE9006
Support, massage and stimulate the body during Franklin Method exercises. The water-filled Franklin Fascia Roll™ offers added weight and a unique density.Similar in size and shape to the popular Franklin Mini Roll™, the Fascia Roll™ massages, supports and rolls away tension from the muscles and fasc..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-LOROX7
Ideal for performing exercises to help achieve alignment and balance throughout the body and for massaging tight muscles. Sold as a set of two, the Aligned Domes can be used as a prop while performing a variety of balance movements, using the dome side up or down to modify the level of challenge. O..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-LOROX8
Perform exercises to help build core strength, improve posture and release stress with this full-body massage ball. The LO ROX Aligned Life™ Body Sphere is perfect for balance and core workouts and for massaging sore muscles. Designed to use for exercises to help build strength and core resilience,..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-LOROXSET
Build strength and resilience, perform balance and alignment exercises, and roll away stress with the complete set of LoRox self-care products. Complete Set includes: LoRox Aligned Life™ Aligned Roller™ (LOROX6): Developed by fascia and alignment expert Lauren Roxburgh, the Aligned Roller is d..
$190.00 CAD
Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-LOROXKIT
Self-care begins with these essential items for rolling out tight muscles and providing regenerative massage to help relieve pain and achieve balance. The Kit includes: LO ROX Aligned Life™ Mini Infinity Roll (LOROX5) LO ROX Aligned Life™ Aligned Domes (LOROX7) LO ROX Aligned Life™ Body Sp..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-LOROX5
Small, portable roller for deep tissue self-massage to help relieve pain in tight muscles. This small, portable roller has a unique shape and softer, more cushion-like foam so that you can gently roll deeper into your tissues and muscles to help relieve pain, improve posture and decompress your joi..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-672/673
The Maternity SI-LOC Sacroiliac belt offers support to the SI joint for greater comfort during and after pregnancy.Relieving common SI joint, low back and hip pain during pregnancy and postpartum, the Maternity SI-LOC® Support Belt offers comfortable compression and relief without unnecessary bulk. ..
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Brand: Mulligan Concept Model: OPTP-631
Mulligan's LUMBAR SELF-SNAG™ strap enables self-treatment of back stiffness and pain.The Brian Mulligan's SELF SNAG™ strap is designed to allow the clinician-trained patient to administer joint release to the lower back (lumbar region of the spine) easily and effectively.  SELF SNAG straps are ..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-611
The ideal tool for testing, mobilization and manipulation of the upper spine.Designed to accommodate the spinous process with sufficient space to facilitate palpation of movement. The Original Norsk Mobilization Wedge, formerly called the European Thoracic Wedge, is small enough to be placed between..
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Brand: Active Sport Model: AS-ATV110
The Active S’port Premium Muscle Roller is a unique muscle roller incorporating our Optimal Self-Myofascial Release Physical Therapy ABS wheel system. The individual ABS rolling sections helps relieve muscle aches, cramping, spasms and stiffness by restoring muscle balance. It’s a great tool for a..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-4261
This self-massage tool features a comfortable, pointed top to help release trigger points in hard-to-reach places. Use this self-massage tool to apply targeted, sustained pressure to help relieve tension and soreness in the neck, shoulders, chest, arms, hands, back, hips, glutes, feet and more. Use..
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Brand: OPTP Model: OPTP-8211-2
PRO-ROLLER™ Massage Essentials Author Angela Kneale, OT, shows you how to target specific areas of tightness or tenderness and how to control the amount of pressure put on each region. The rolling movements demonstrated inherently encourage integration of body and mind - teaching the brain to signal..
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