If there is one muscle that commands respect, it is the quadratus lumborum.
The paired QLs stand like sentinels to the left and right of the lower spine. They are the guy wires that help to keep us standing upright.
Their most important and under acknowledged task is to act as brakes as we ceaselessly lean forward. Think of the amount of time you lean towards whatever job is at hand. Without the quadratus lumborum braking this forward motion, your body would flop forward.
How do you know that these muscles are reaching the end of their rope?
Pain, pain and more pain. Severe, sharp, knife-like, agonizing are words most often associated with this type of low back pain. Often the pain is so severe that the only way to get around is to crawl on your hands and knees.
Spasms in the quadratus lumborum can be triggered by small, ordinary movements or by something as innocuous as coughing or sneezing.
Trigger points are the main pain-causing culprits in this muscle. A focused massage therapy treatment to the quadratus lumborum can deactivate the trigger points, reduce pain and help you regain your mobility.
A thorough massage therapy treatment to manage back pain also addresses the muscles at the front of the hips. Long hours sitting contract and shorten the hip flexors, causing the quadratus lumborum to overwork.
Quadratus lumborum pain is humbling and won’t soon be forgotten. Regular massage helps to keep these the low back and hip muscles pliable and less prone to painful spasms. Prevention is the key. Your back will thank you!