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Quadratus Lumborum Stretch

Many patients with low back pain have an overactive quadratus lumborum muscle.  This muscle goes from your lower ribs and vertebrae to your iliac crest (hip or pelvis bone in the back).  It helps in moving your back from side to side and with increasing the lordosis of your low back.  Trigger points in this muscle are very common. 

Getting a good stretch of the quadratus lumborum can be difficult to do on your own, but with practice you can do it.  You may want to have your Boise Chiropractor show you how to do the stretch properly while in the office.  The stretch is done by laying on a table or bed on your side while hanging the top leg off of the back side of the table while reaching with the arm on the same side up at a diagonal.