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Low back pain can bring you to your knees

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!

2 comments

  1. Khalid Abdulle

    Hello,

    I have been getting severe back pain on and off for 4 yeara. I read the article you wrote on this website about quadratus lumborum. Are a registered massage therapist who specializes in low back pain?

    • Janet

      Thank you for your enquiry Khalid. Low back pain is a very common ailment and one that I regularly treat. The cause and contributing factors are different for each person’s pain. Please give me a call so that we can talk about your pain and how massage therapy can help to relieve your discomfort and prevent recurrence.

      All the best,
      Janet Penny, RMT,
      Focus Massage Therapy
      563 Gladstone Ave.,
      Ottawa, ON
      K1R 5P2

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