Hi I'm Matt. I've had ongoing back issues starting about 3-4 years ago. I've tried on and off various techniques to try and deal with my back pain and strengthen my back for the better, but I constantly have issues with it still and I wonder if I'm just missing something.
As part of my attempts to alleviate the back issues I started going to gym a few years ago. I went to classes like circuits and boxing to try and strengthen my core and generally improve my muscle build (which I've read will better support the spine). I drastically fixed my posture (which admittedly now I've slightly gone back to old habits) and I saw chiro's, physios etc. I had an xray/ct-scan at one point some years ago and only a minor bulge in the lower back was revealed, something that is not necessarily unusual.
Anyway, I still have issues with my lower back, but last week I strained something in my upper back while running (I try to maintain really good posture while running, sometimes I wonder if I'm 'too' straight and rigid). I know life is unfair and some people just have better spines than others, but I take protein shakes at least daily (with milk). I eat plenty of vegetables. I can run a half marathon. I can do 45 full pushups in one go, I do gym weights regularly including back ones, I can do a stabelizer for 2 minutes. And I have a full range of motion in my back (not painless though of course). I wake up every morning extremely stiff and I can't sit for more than 20 minutes without having to shift.
So, I know this is a just a huge whine and I apologize, but I'm wondering if somebody can recommend something else for me? I've tried stretching routines (don't bother with a lot of it anymore, didnt help much). Maybe my body is low in a supplement? Maybe I'm activating the wrong muscles 'automatically' when I do anything with my back? It's so bad some days that I literally have to either slowly push into a bend-over position over a 60 second period (truly hurts) or squat like a weirdo and not bend my back whatsover if I wanted to grab something from the ground or put my pants on.
If it helps, i'm currently on 2 types beta blockers for an atrial tachycardia heart condition, my spine is otherwise healthy as far as any physio/doctor has told me. My diet is pretty good, not perfect but I incorporate vegetables and good proteins regularly.
I just can't explain why I have so many problems with my back....
Any input is so greatly appreciated.