i got a strat last week and ive just restringed it, its been a long while since ive had anything with a tremolo and its stuck up as far as it will go (go press down). how do i get it to return to the normal position?
It sounds like your springs lost tension maybe? From what you've said I assume the bridge is coming away from the body? Like you can push the bridge to increase but not decrease pitch? If so, I suggest opening your spring plate on the back, and twisting the screws a quarter turn until its back to normal.

Make sure your tuned close to standard first, and then retune as you go along.