Lower Back Stretch – Quadratus Lumborum

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What is the Quadratus Lumborum?

The Quadratus Lumborum (QL) attaches from the hip to the last rib and the first 4 lumbar vertebrae

Major Functions of the QL

  1. Lateral flexion of the spine (leaning to one side)
  2. extension of the spin (leaning backwards)

The quadratus lumborum, or QL, is a common source of lower back pain. Because the QL connects the pelvis to the spine and is therefore capable of extending the lower back. The two QLs pick up the slack, as it were, when the lower fibers of the other back muscles are weak or inhibited (as they often are in the case of habitual seated computer use and/or the use of a lower back support in a chair). Constant contraction while seated can overuse the QLs, resulting in muscle fatigue. A constantly contracted QL, like any other muscle, will experience decreased blood flow, and, in time, lower back pain.

This stretch will help to alleviate tension in the area of the QL.

Lower Back Stretch

Lindsay Young

POGO Master Physiotherapist

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