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QL DEEP stretch Quadratus lumborum

By February 9, 2017February 11th, 2024No Comments

Ok fans…the QL is found on either side of the lumbar spine. They attach to the iliac crest (top of the hip bone), the transverse processes of the L1- L4 (lumbar vertebrae) and the twelfth rib (your last rib). Essentially they connect the hip to the lumbar spine and the lowest part of the rib cage. I call it a “Hip Hiker”

Actions of the QL

Lateral flexion: When working unilaterally (only one side contracting) they laterally flex your spine, meaning you bend over to one side.

Extension: They can also extend the lumbar spin

Stabilization: They play a major role in stabilising the lower back, especially when seated.

It is important to stretch these muscles to alleviate an imbalance that can cause major low back pain.

Dave Parise CPT FPTA MES