When we are suffering with acute back pain our first reaction is to lie down, rest, and protect the affected area. We also instinctively back away from most movements to avoid the risk of further pain or increasing the injury.
An acute injury may require a day or two of rest, but anything more than that and you begin to inhibit the healing process. Correct movement, even when you are still in pain, is often the most effective remedy. Extensive bed rest will only lead to weaker and tighter muscles which is often one of the main reasons for your back pain in the first instance.
Muscle spasms are the body’s way of giving you a warning sign that something is wrong with your body mechanics and there is a deeper problem. The only way to get the muscles to relax is to move with proper functionality and movement patterns. Ideally we should transfer the stress that is causing the injury or inflammation in our back to our posterior chain. These muscles should be strong enough to take this work, if they are not then you are in a vicious cycle. This is why a strengthening and flexibility program is key for anyone suffering with back pain.