The Quadratus Lumborum (QL) is the deepest abdominal muscle.
It’s located in your lower back on either side of the lumbar spine.
Starting at your lowest rib and ending at the top of your pelvis.
It’s common to have pain here because you we this muscle to sit, stand, and walk.
The Quadratus Lumborum muscle is the most overlooked muscle in back pain,
partly because there are currently no imaging studies (MRI, Xray, CT, ultrasound)
that can accurately diagnose issues in the muscle.
The QL muscle is situated deep in the lower back, therefore to address issues in this muscle the therapist needs to be able to work deeply into the tissues which requires a skilled Sports & Clinical Massage therapist.
If QL pain is not treated it can result in stress to other areas of your body,
leading to it compensating to support one part that isn’t symmetrical, causing additional imbalances and misalignments.
Pain can become more severe and spread to other areas of your body,
Therapists call this referred pain.
Pain in the Quadratus Lumborum may potentially cause:
Hip joints, buttocks, and thigh pain.
Sacroiliac joint pain, low back pain, abdominal pain.
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