So I have a client who thought he maybe threw out his lower back about 3 weeks ago lifting something. I did some extra work on his lower back into the glutes during his massage and he came back today saying he felt great afterwards up until today when he in fact thinks that playing 18 holes of golf as well as tennis aggrivated the area. I however believe that it's not muscular though, and may in fact be a bruised sacrum/or maybe even a slipped disc or pain from simple misalignment because the pain is essentially on his coccyx and not muscluar at all.
I'm curious though, if it is in fact a skeletal issue of sorts, how would massage necessarily have helped him last time? It's such a bony area (on this man atleast). I understand massage increased circulation last time and maybe relaxed the muscles, but I don't think that would have relieved him of any pain because of the aggrivated area.
I suggested ice and continuous stretching as he has been doing (and gets no relief from) and said that his next step should maybe see a chiro and get some x-rays to make sure there isn't anything slipped or misaligned.
You think that's the best move?