the quadratus lumborum muscleDo you suffer from deep, achy, or sharp lower back pain? Your pain may be caused by poor posture that has led to tightness in your quadratus lumborum muscle. The quadratus lumborum (QL) is a muscle on either side of your lumbar spine that acts like a set of guide wires that hold up a flagpole. The muscle side bends, extends, and stabilizes your spine as well as elevating your hips and depressing your ribs.

How Does QL Pain Happen?

The causes of QL pain are all too common in our culture. Excessive sitting and lack of exercise is by far the number one reason that the QL muscles get tight. For people who do not sit all day and still experience QL pain, weak glutes and abdominal muscles are often what needs to be improved. These weaknesses can cause the hips to go into an anterior pelvic tilt which shortens the QL muscle and hip flexors. If poor posture continues, aches and stiffness in the lower back will get worse.

Is it Possible to Have Different Types of QL Pain?

It is possible to have different types of QL pain. For most people, the QL muscle becomes tight and causes a deep, aching, throbbing pain. This type of pain is often resolved quickly with exercises and a few visits of scar tissue breakdown. Some patients come to our office with severe QL pain that actually stems from massive golf ball-sized knots in the muscle itself. People suffering from this condition usually complain of a sharp pain on either side of their spine. These knots require extensive scar tissue breakdown and exercise over weeks and months.

Do you suffer from low back pain? Shoot us a message today. We will help you reduce your QL pain and build a strong and healthy back.