If you are living with a grumpy lower back, applying heat packs and popping pills on a regular basis, may I suggest that you turn your attention to the front of the body.
I know, that just sounds plain silly huh?!?
Want to know why? Well, the two most important low back stabilisers: the Psoas and the Iliacus are most easily accessed from the front of the body.
The Psoas attaches to the little arms(transverse processes) and body of each spinal vertebrae from the last rib to the bottom of the low curve of your back- we call these T12 (last thoracic rib) to L5 (that includes the four other lumbar vertebrae). The Iliacus attaches into the deep dish that is the front of your pelvis( you might know it better as your hip bone). They both end up attaching to the top of your long thigh bone, the femur. The job of both of these muscles is to bring your knee to your chest or chest to knee, rotate your leg out (as though you were getting on a bike or over a fence) and they also work to bring your legs back to together (adduction).
When either of these muscles are short and tight they pull everything out of position at the back of your body. The Psoas is such a powerful muscle is can also be responsible for causing your lower spinal discs to bulge.
If you have low back pain and only get massage into your back ‘where it hurts’ you will never get to the root cause of what’s actually causing your pain.
If this sounds familiar, I wholeheartedly recommend that you book in with a therapist who KNOWS the Psoas and the Iliacus – if they can’t explain its job, they really aren’t the therapist you are looking for.
Alternatively, give Thrive Clinic & Studio a call and we’ll not only do the work you need but show you how you can treat it yourself.
Illustration courtesy of Trail Guide To The Body, Books of Discovery