Quadratus lumborum (QL) fascia release – NOT to be used if you have back pain

Did you arrive here looking for relief for back pain, tailbone pain, sacrum pain, etc? I hate to disappoint, but the site of pain is rarely the problem and that’s the case here too! The QL is one of the more abused muscles that we tend to “go after” because we’re trying to soothe low back pain.

However, if your QL is tight (and you don’t have back pain) there’s a chance it is affecting another part of your body that you may not be aware of. This is a great technique for exploration of an area that isn’t often at the root of pain, but can be in some unusual cases.

It’s not typically a super intense technique, but can be an unexpectedly good one if you have tightness up or downstream in the thoracolumbar fascia that could be affected by the QL.

This is a quick and somewhat unusual technique compared to the rest of my arsenal, but will be super helpful for some you!

Give this a try and let me know what it helps you with. Did you encounter some unexpected relief in another part of your body?

Share your experience below and I’ll come talk to you in the comments!

  • Cindy says:

    I am here but from a video about the abdomen.

    And several other things that does concern me and my body.
    No relief, yet

  • Barb says:

    Do you have anything for the sacrum?

  • Dave says:

    I’m late for class again again trying to say how amazing your are, problem a laudable comment that I I couldn’t spell anyway,and boom screen popped up and wouldn’t let me cum back to the subversion for today. Suffice to say your so damn intelligent and joining the 21st century i.e. smarter than me phone I’m lost. The other day I was trying to convey to PT lady friend how you pushed or something on a YouTube video and the guys, down there stopped hurting fast. What I still cannot ascertain is the area of fascia on the mans body was no where near the private part your a genius

  • Prema says:

    I have three slightly bulging discs in my lower back that cause nerve pain down both of my legs. I rarely experience pain in my low back itself, however my right QL gets tight and sore. Is this technique appropriate for me or not?

    • I would definitely stay away from this right now, and focus on your legs instead – quads and quad hip flexors and adductors being my top two recommendations.

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