The recent winter storm that blew through my region was wonderful for those enjoying a white Christmas, but the ten inches of snow meant nothing but shoveling my driveway. As in every year, my posture was poor, I rushed through the job, and I am left with a very tender and sore lower back. Being too proud and cheap to go to a chiropractor, what can I do to alleviate this pain? One of the biggest reasons for missed workdays, trips to the doctor, and the need for various treatments is the issue of lower back pain. Lower back pain is typically caused by some type of injury to a muscle or ligament. It is commonly called a strain when the muscle in the back area is hurt and a sprain when the ligament is pulled. Some lower back pain can be due to serious health problems such as disc issues or sciatic nerve problems. In those cases, specialists are needed. So, if you are like me and did not get that jacuzzi with the 8 different water pressure settings, let us look at how to help lower back injuries, whether from shoveling snow or sleeping in a bad bed, and how to prevent them.