The Quadratus Lumborum (aka QL aka: coolest muscle named in the body)

The Quadratus Lumborum (aka QL aka: coolest muscle named in the body)

The Quadratus Lumborum (aka QL aka: coolest muscle named in the body) is a deep back muscle that connects the last rib, transverse processes of the lumbar spine and the iliac crest.

QL helps you 👉🏻side bend, 👉🏻extend and 👉🏻flex… but this dude will pull double time when there is some instability around the low back/pelvis- probably your glutes🍑 not doing their thing.

The QL will absolutely wreck havoc on your low back when it’s short/tight and send referral pain all over the place😡…okay not all over the place but certainly to your low back/glutes/hips.

Symptoms of QL dysfunction could include:

🔻Pain running down the leg (sciatica) or

🔻Pain referring into the hips, glutes, SI joint or even anteriorly into the groin

🔻Painful side bending, twisting, forward bending

🔻Pain when rolling side to side when lying down

🔻Pain with coughing, sneezing, straining

🔻It might also present as an obvious “hip hike” meaning one side of the pelvis is higher than the other

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