Well you knew we were going to mention this, but only because it is one of the best things to help muscles relax and stop spasming.
Not great if the cause of the problem is a slipped or bulging disk (we won’t massage those). But it is sensational for pulled muscles or for those who have just generally been abusing their bodies (motorbike riders who ride hunched over the handle bars are prime culprits).
Also, great for Mums-To-Be who have sore backs from the stress the bub puts on the lumbar muscles.
Massage is one of the most powerful things you can do to your body, it increases blood flow to the muscles, help loosen those that are knotted up and it also releases those natural feel good drugs, endorphins, that reduces pain the natural way (as opposed to the wine way).
Once you have your pain under control, think about generally strengthening your core and back muscles with some exercise.
Avoid crunches as these can strain the back .. maybe invest in a session with a qualified trainer to show you the best ones (your body might just love you back for it.)