Ever woken up with back pain?

Have you ever woken up from a good night’s rest to find your back in miserable spasm?  You can’t turn to the side.  Every step you take is like having someone twist the knife that someone else must’ve jammed into your back while you were sleeping?  In fact, I just had this same experience a few days ago. Fortunately, it took me 5 minutes to nix the pain.

The week leading up to the back pain, I had been sick. Too tired to move.  Too tired to leave the house.  Too sick to do anything but send a few emails, type some things up, and then take a nap.  I contorted myself on the bed, on the floor, and on the couch with my laptop and my iPod touch throughout the week, too tired to do any posture-restoring exercises to counteract all the slouching and twisting I was doing.

So when I woke up that Thursday with back pain, it wasn’t any wonder why.  A week’s worth of lounging, lazing, and generally being miserable had visibly distorted the balance of my muscles.  My posture had changed for the worse.  My shoulders were hunched.  My spine was curved.  My hips were twisted.  Apparently 7 days of lying in bed ISN’T good for your posture.

So I did what any posture alignment therapist would do in my position.  I panicked!

And then I did a few exercises to fix the posture (with what little energy I had).  In under 5 minutes, the back pain was gone, and I was ready to go about the business of getting back to full strength again.

Are you ready with a quick, simple plan of action for the next time you wake up with back pain (that does NOT involve pills!)?


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.