I go to the Health Spa and use the hot tub for 10 min and after that I get massage therapy on my back and neck before going to a shoot if I can work it in. I also do this out of state when I am off shooting some where. The hot rocks therapy on your back that you can get at a Spa works great to.
IF I don't have the time to go over to the Spa in the morning's I jump in and use the wife's tanning bed ...... that works great on the back also.
I shoot tonight and I just got back from the Health Spa.
The down side of this is if your buddy's find out that your getting a massage some where your never going to live it down. My friends I long range rifle shoot with out in South Dakota found out I was doing this 10 years ago and I still get rip on about it. The good side of this is you feel good and your ready to shoot all day long.
Its is a early sign of a bigger problem with your back. Get it checked. I had lower back problems for years lots of years. Sure the bone cracker could get me back up and running for awhile. Never really fixed me. Doctors wanted to cut on me and shoot me up with drugs (Not). The one thing that did work was a inversion table. Not kidding it really worked for me and has for over 8 years now. Any discomfort in my back and I head right for it. Next day I feel great. See if you can borrow one and give it a try.
I have this problem if I shoot an automatic or pump gun, I guess its the way I hold the gun while waiting for my shot. With a break open that I can rest on my toe, the problem isn't nearly as bad. Stretching between traps seems to help too.
I have lower back problems from spinal compression when I broke my neck back in 1989 ... The Doctor told me I could have problems later in life and he was dead on ... They come and go, last from 3 days to a week ... I am having them right now as a result I have not been shooting this year but have an appointment with a Speacialist 02-11-13 at the Arizona Pain Center, see what happens after that ... Its gets so bad I can hardly walk and wakes me up at night ... Tylenol, Vicodin, Flexoril and Skelactin until they can figure it out and fix it ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
I think it is due due by big belley. It hurts the lower( back muscles) when i hold gun. Pain was unbearable in Florida. Got a back message and that helped for about 3 hours. Had to go to out patient clinic for pain pills.
I'm just starting to have some pain---Starts on my waist area on right side and works down my right leg,mostly at night while sleeping---Had x-rays and found 1 centermeter of calcification in kidney area---MRI tomorrow----
I had the same thing happen to me when I held the gun between shots. Now I put the muzzle down on a pad until it's my turn to shoot. It may take a fraction of a second longer before I'm ready to call for my bird but none of my shoot mates seem to mind. It sure helped me.
I've got a herniated disc, and I do what wireguy mentioned.......I wear an elastic back support when shooting. I have a couple Mueller supports and I usually wear one when shooting (especially in the winter) I also wear one when I'm working or boating. They help me a lot.
If thats the only time it really bothers you then its a strength issue, get to the gyn..oops I meam gym : ) The Chiro can hurt either to use some electrostimulation to pinpoint and work on the worst area so you can exercise properly after he gets you straight and tightened up around your spine..muscle = support
I know a good number of people who have chronic low back pain somewhere and every one of them either<UL><LI> drinks too much<LI> smokes too much<LI> eats too much<LI> eats too much junk<li> weighs too much<LI> sits around too much <LI>uses their body way too little because it hurts too much, not realizing that if they used it more it probably wouldn't hurt so much<li>complain too much about how bad they hurt<LI>do way too little about it<LI>or some combination of the above</UL>
(...and the couple of guys I know who hurt because they got bad deals from the body shoppe complain less and do more than any of the others)
There is a lot of good advice in the answers posted here, but you aren't really clear on where in the lower back your pain is. Is it in the kidney area, below your rib cage? or is it in the sacroiliac joints? Or somewhere else?
One thing I noticed was causing lower back pain was the muscles above the sacroiliacs. After realising that it was only when I wore one pair of pants, I decided that the pain was caused by the pants sitting on the muscles, and restricting the motion. I no longer wear these pants to shoot, and wear Wrangler cowboy cut jeans mostly, as they have a higher waist, and I have no more of that pain at all. You might want to try checking the fit of your pants, to see if this is the cause of your pain.