Quadratus lumborum, a deep abdominal muscle that moves and stabilizes the torso, can contribute to low back pain.
Muscle of the Month: Quadratus Lumborum – the hip hiker
Low back pain: we’ve all experienced it at least once in our lives. That nagging stiffness, inability to move, and dull ache can put the best of us in a bad mood, or worse, at home in bed. Low back pain can be cause by MANY factors. Muscle, joint, and fascial imbalances all tend to play a large role; one major muscle that can cause low back pain is the quadratus lumborum.
No, it’s not a Harry Potter magic spell. The quadratus lumborum, or QL, is one of your low back muscles that is tucked very neatly between your hip and the last rib. With one on each side of the spine, the QL, especially when tight, can affect many areas of the body.
Actions: When one QL contracts: laterally flex torso, elevate hip (hip hike). When both…
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