Ever tweak your low back? Your QL (Quadratus Lumborum) could be the culprit!
The QL connects from the top of your hip bone and your lumbar spine to your last rib (swipe right for visual). It helps you hike your hip, bend to the side, and extend your spine. The QL is actually an abdominal muscle, but because it sits so deep in the abdomen it can be accessed from the back.
𝗜 𝘂𝘀𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘀:
• Persistent pain even at rest
• Pain after a violent sneeze or cough
• Pain with side bending or forward flexion
• Tightness and discomfort in the lower back, especially if the onset of pain coincides with lifting a heavy object.
Trigger point therapy, myofascial work, stretching, and calming strokes often provide immediate relief. It’s one of my own favorite areas to get massaged!
𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻: Posterior 1/3 of the iliac crest, illiolumbar ligament, and transverse processes of L1-L4.
𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Inferior Border of 12th Rib
𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Laterally flexes the trunk, hikes the hip, and fixes the 12th rib during respiration.