Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Low Back Pain

Ouch! Oh No I can't stand up! I can't move!!!! What happened to my low back? It was fine just a minute ago.

This scenario sound familiar to you? If it does, there are two words that you should know - Quadratus Lumborum, AKA the Q.L.

I know what you're thinking E Pluribus Unum to you too. What has that got to do with my low back pain and the fact that I can't get off my couch! Stop speaking in tongues and help me.OK, but I was using the Latin name for the muscles that are located in your lower back that have probably gone into spasm. They are usually the cause, in my experience, for most low back pain and for turning you into a pretzel.

A good percentage of my practice is dealing with back pain, either upper or lower. Upper back pain will be a topic for another day. As a low back pain sufferer myself I am acutely aware of the problem and how it is affecting or can affect your life.

Let's go back to that muscle the Quadratus Lumborum (see the illustration above). This muscle originates at the twelfth rib and inserts on the P.S.I.S (the hip) on both sides of your spine. This muscle is a postural muscle; that is a muscle that helps keep you upright. If it goes into spasm on one side or the other you will be pulled in one direction or the other. You will also lose the ability to twist, turn or stand up straight (without pain that is).Well I am sure you are thinking about now thanks for the anatomy lesson, but what can you do for my achin' back? Right?What I do for people who suffer from acute spasming of the Q.L. is take a multi-disciplinary approach. I use heat, electro-acupuncture, massage, herbal liniments and stretching, to help relieve your pain and get you moving again. I might also throw in some ear acupuncture it really helps, believe it or not. Usually I would see a patient for three sessions, instruct them in home self-care and how to prevent this problem in the future.Honestly, regular massage sessions, being careful in your daily activities and taking care when doing activities that you usually don't do can prevent most of the low back pain I treat. Problem is we take our backs for granted and we are just too busy to bother with prevention. I think I hear my next patient climbing onto my table gotta go I have another low back to fix.

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