The QL’s or quadratus lumborum muscles are often the cause of nervy pain called sciatica that runs down your leg.  They are also the cause of  lower back aches.

Sometimes they are called the four-sided devils.  (They do have 4 sides.)

These muscles on each side of your waist are called QL’s for short.  The quadratus lumborum muscles are used for twisting and tilting.

Golfing can aggravate them as can any twisting or tilting to the side.  Twisting while lifting can cause a QL to go into a  spasm that will cause extreme discomfort.  (Tip:  Don’t twist and lift at the same time.  Lift straight up facing the weight.)

The good thing about them is they are muscles.  Muscles can be relaxed or released.  They can be released by a knowledgeable massage therapist  or by you.

If you are able to press your own thumbs into the junction of your upper hip bone and spine, you might be able to feel something tender.  That would most likely be your QL’s.  Pressure applied to muscles can relax them so pressing into these tender areas can help relax them.

You might be able to use a tennis ball or similar ball as a pressure tool for those muscles, too.  Just lay on it when you find the most tender area for about 5 minutes.  The discomfort will go away as the muscle relaxes.

The QL’s are also responsible for a lot of scoliosis (curvature of the spine) but so are differences in leg length.  Is one pant leg always shorter than the other?  It could be one of your QL muscles or it could be a leg length difference.

The QL is called a hip-hiker.  But that can only be seen when you are laying down.

Lay down on your back and touch your ankle bones together.  If one feels higher than the other, you have either an anatomical leg length difference or a tight QL.  It’s easiest to treat a tight QL or other muscles first before looking for a short leg.

When you stand, a tight QL causes you to tilt slightly to the side of the tighter QL.

If only one QL was “tight” to start, soon the other side will also be uncomfortable.  Why?  Because  something is pulling it and it is trying to resist.

You see, tight muscles pull on other muscles.  They also pull or push on bones and nerves.  Out of balance muscles move bones.  That is how muscle imbalance causes pain.

And there are also other muscles that can sciatic pain like the piriformis muscle.  If you’d like more information about causes and natural cures for sciatica, click here –> Sciatica Report


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