5. Quadratus Lumborum

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With your client prone, palpate the level of the PSIS (Posterior Superior Iliac Spine) on both sides. If one side is high (superior) the Quadratus Lumborum may be tight on that side. Work into the Quadratus Lumborum using the heel of your hand, working upward toward the 12th rib.

This work is adapted from the Orthopedic Massage work of James Waslaski. More information may be found at www.orthomassage.net

This video is part of a series of techniques in a protocol for Pelvic Stabilization

Member Comments:

  • commented Wednesday 8th of April 2015 at 3:36:30PM

    How does this get into QL when it's buried under the erectors and thoracolumbar fascia? I can see pushing the crest downward could help lengthen tissues a bit, but I'm not sure how helpful this one really is for QL.

  • James M replied Sunday 12th of April 2015 at 7:33:40AM

    The QL is so far anterior that you can't reach it well. What we can reach and work on is the lateral raphe of the thoracolumbar fascia which is on the lateral side of the QL. The lateral raphe is the fusion of the fascia that surrounds the erector spinae and quadratus lumborum muscles.

    My favorite way of working into QL and the lateral raphe is from a side lying position. Please check out the video from my DVD on on sidelying massage - back strokes starting at 28 minutes 10 seconds.