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Old 03-05-2012, 09:19 AM   #1
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lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

Is it normal for muscles to burn/itch while healing?

I hurt myself in Nov, did Starr protocol in Dec, was feeling good (no pain of any kind)

Did box programming all through Jan, again no pain of any kind.

Now in Feb up till now I've been specifically doing work to strengthen the area (RDLs, good mornings, GHD, reverse hypers). Every day I have this weird burning/itching in the muscle (not on the skin..in the muscle itself.)

Is this normal for when a muscle is healing and or growing/strengthening after an injury?
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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Re: lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

If it's only on one side (aka unilateral), I've typically see that if the SI joint is slipped or rotated. It can lead to hypertrophy on one side and possibly imbalances.

I would suggest getting yourself to a chiro or PT to see if they can identify any lumbopelvic issues along with SI dysfunction just in case.

I have a muscle imbalance in my low back from something like this (the muscle was feeling like it was working all the time and itching with a light burning sensation -- though not like a nerve) before I knew what it was/how to correct it.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:27 AM   #3
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Re: lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

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If it's only on one side (aka unilateral), I've typically see that if the SI joint is slipped or rotated. It can lead to hypertrophy on one side and possibly imbalances.

I would suggest getting yourself to a chiro or PT to see if they can identify any lumbopelvic issues along with SI dysfunction just in case.

I have a muscle imbalance in my low back from something like this (the muscle was feeling like it was working all the time and itching with a light burning sensation -- though not like a nerve) before I knew what it was/how to correct it.
definitely not just one side...its a 6" band of constant dull burning/itching inside the muscle tissue all across my lower back/lumbar.

I don't think its injured again, at least it doesn't show any of the same symptoms as it did when I injured it. (I KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt when/where I strained it, and felt that sharp electric pain go away as it healed, and it has not returned)
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Re: lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

Well, that's odd then... it may not be a bad idea to get it checked out still.

Does stretching/mobility work do anything significantly to it?
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Re: lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

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Well, that's odd then... it may not be a bad idea to get it checked out still.

Does stretching/mobility work do anything significantly to it?
man, the lumbar muscles are so hard to hit good with stretches. I've found a couple, (like the kstarr seated one where you sit in a chair, put your ankle on the opposite knee, and bend forward at the waist while keeping the lumbar curve intact)

the stretches feel great when I'm doing them, but the burning comes back after a few minutes.

ice is the only thing that gets rid of it for any meaningful period of time. 20 on / 40 off...

I hit the heating pad for 20 minutes right before workout, stretch it and foam roll it, warm it up with reverse hypers or GMs, then workout goes fine. Back to the ice post=workout
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Re: lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

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Well, that's odd then... it may not be a bad idea to get it checked out still.

Does stretching/mobility work do anything significantly to it?
I sent you an email about an electronic copy of your book...let me know if you didn't get it.
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man, the lumbar muscles are so hard to hit good with stretches. I've found a couple, (like the kstarr seated one where you sit in a chair, put your ankle on the opposite knee, and bend forward at the waist while keeping the lumbar curve intact)

the stretches feel great when I'm doing them, but the burning comes back after a few minutes.

ice is the only thing that gets rid of it for any meaningful period of time. 20 on / 40 off...

I hit the heating pad for 20 minutes right before workout, stretch it and foam roll it, warm it up with reverse hypers or GMs, then workout goes fine. Back to the ice post=workout
Hmm, that is pretty weird.

Well, if mobility work continues to help it that is good. May need some core specific strength/stability too.

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Old 03-11-2012, 06:36 AM   #8
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Re: lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

Hi Eric,

from the little info we are getting here,i would address your Sacro iliac joints, thats both ( of course with all the prior soft tissue work necessary) then id have a look at psoas major and diaphragm.

We d have a look into your abdominal physiology, bowel movements etc, to get a bigger picture.

then thoracic spine to finish with.

Hope it helps.
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Re: lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

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Hi Eric,

from the little info we are getting here,i would address your Sacro iliac joints, thats both ( of course with all the prior soft tissue work necessary) then id have a look at psoas major and diaphragm.

We d have a look into your abdominal physiology, bowel movements etc, to get a bigger picture.

then thoracic spine to finish with.

Hope it helps.
too much work.

I'll just grit my teeth and keep moving/improving. It will go away, or I'll remove my lumbar muscles with a butter knife.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:34 AM   #10
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Re: lumbar muscles burning/itching while healing?

UPDATE: this has gone away

as it got less severe, it went from "all the time" to "only the day after PC and DL days"

duh. it was just healing I guess.

I've dropped PCs and DLs for a week or two, instead doing RDLs, good mornings, GHD, and GHD rev hypers, real light high reps on all. Basically a mini starr protocol cycle

gonna rock that for 3-4 weeks, then reset my PC's and DL's down a bit and get back at it.
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