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Pain in my right lower back

Pain in my right lower back

 

Lower back pain , almost everyone has it, or has experienced it at some point.

The most common issue I see is a tight or weak (though muscles can also be weak and tight) lower back muscle, known as the Quadratus Lumborum (QL)

Mel Collie | Quadratus Lumborum

Usually one side can be working for the other so one side will feel tight and painful, the other side can be weaker, but also painful, how do you decide which one to stretch and which one to strengthen? if you decide to stretch the painful side and thats already weak, you are stretching a weak muscle, which can and very often does, create further instability in this part of the body, which will mean the brain has to compensate elsewhere in the body.

However, without guessing or hoping it will go away, I test it against its synergists, and one of those is your glutes.

We sit on them a lot, they don’t function well, so something has to do that work, there are other muscles that can come into play like the Piriformis, but also look to the lower back.

Thats why its wise to get these muscles tested against each other, so you aren’t guessing at what is working and what isn’t.

Once the glutes have been tested and we’ve got them working, the QL can get back to doing what it does , which is side bending , rotation and helping with exhalation.

So, if lack of rotation is an issue, you could have an issue with your obliques, neck, shoulders,m but also get your QL muscles tested too.

You have an amazing computer in your head, the brain will always find another pathway so you can keep moving, no matter how obscure. So you can see, that where the pain is, isn’t always where the problem is, it can be telling you that the muscles in this area are carrying an extra load from an area thats underworking.

Sounds a little confusing doesn’t it. So if you do have back pain, find a therapist who has knowledge of Neuro Kinetic Therapy under their belt, as they will not guess whats going on, but actually test, and as we are all unique, thats the best thing you could ask for your body, not a cookie cutter approach, but an individualised session.

Bliss.

Melanie Collie

www.melcollie.com

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Mel Collie | Hip Height & Legs

Mel Collie | Hip Height & Legs

Difference in hip heights is very common, you may well find you have one leg longer than the other.

Ive got that 🙂

I noticed it a few years ago, when I wore my workout trousers, one trouser leg was longer, actually touching the floor, the other was shorter…I tried to blame my trousers, maybe they were made like that, or had shrunk in the wash or something.

Nope…my pelvis had a little bit of a rotation.

If you were born with 1 leg shorter than the other, then its more of a hardware issue, rather than software, thats why I ask you if you have always had certain issues, like scoliosis for example. Were you born with it? Chances are, if you were, you will know about it, your medical records will show it.

Quadratus Lumborum
Quadratus Lumborum

With a hip height difference, one of your complaints maybe  lower back pain on one side. However, we all have different pain receptors in the brain, and you may be just fine and not feel a thing.

Place your hands on your hip bones and feel to see which one feels higher.

Your ribs will be closer to your hips your Quadratus Lumborum(Lets call it the QL for short..its easier to type!) – that muscle in the pic on the left here, will be squished on one side, maybe a bit tender to touch.

I will do a simple QL test .

I don’t like using the words tight and weak, as muscles that are weak are not always weak, they can be strong, and we then have images in our brain what feels tight, and feel thats stronger, sending bad vibes to the weaker muscle.

Instead, I like the words organised and disorganised.

Organised are the muscles in the test that have more tone, feel stronger and tighter.

The opposite for disorganised.

Your QL has relationships with other muscles.its that naughty! 🙂

The opposite QL can be disorganised too, or the Psoas.

Looking for movement patterns, seeing how you move, what compensations your brain has been happy to use for a while.

After the simple tests, we can see a difference in the hip levels, and do some easy exercises to maintain the balance in the QL and Psoas muscles, if the tests showed that these muscles were having an dysfunctional relationship..The body is so amazing isn’t it, it will surely find another way around an issue , even if it leads to, eventual, pain and sore muscles. You are a little miracle!

So, once we find out whats going on, and we learn that by doing the tests, rather than just guessing and thinking what should be going on, you may find the back pain goes, your legs feel different, you have more strength in one leg which used to feel like the weaker one, it may change your breathing and if you had a tight shoulder, it may also fix that too, as fixing hip levels can change and reorganised a lot of other stuff happening up the spine.

Stunning stuff.

Never ceases to amaze me, fox me, inspire me, interest me.

Anatomy geek…thats me!

Mel Collie

www.melcollie.com

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