Are you tired of waking up stiff and sore from yesterday's workout? Are you incorporating proper stretching and muscle massage into your everyday routine? Learn how a speedy recovery through foam rolling can elevate your recovery to the next level. Using foam roll lower back techniques is an easy and therapeutic way to reduce soreness and bring flexibility back to your stiff muscles.
Foam Roll Lower Back - Examining Muscles
Lower back pain is often caused from tension and tightness built up in different muscles around the lumbar spine and tailbone. A few common areas are; Iliospoas, Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Maximus, Piriformis, Quadratus Lumborum, and TFL (It band) Muscle. When addressing back pain, it is crucial to accurately identify the root cause by tracing the discomfort to specific muscles. Unlocking one of these muscles could be the missing link between you and a pain-free back.
Quadratus Lumborum Muscle (QL)
Foam Roll Lower Back - Technique
Foam rolling for lower back pain and muscle relief does not mean strictly rolling out your lower back. In fact, rolling out the arch in your lower back can compress your spinal joints in a negative way. You will most likely experience some cracking which may feel good initially, but is not always beneficial for alleviating lower back pain. Massaging surrounding muscles will make for a more flexible and healthy low back. Complimentary muscles to consider when foam rolling for back pain relief include; glute muscles, hamstrings, hip flexors and QL muscle (Quadratus Lumborum), and foam roll TFL.
Foam Roll Lower Back - QL Claw
Some trainers and chiropractors may suggest the option of foam rolling the lower back and other muscles. If you are looking for a deeper, more effective tissue massage, the foam roller is not the answer. You will need a tool that can reach deeper than just the surface of the muscle. Pain and tension often build up in Trigger Points. Trigger Points are irritable contraction knots in muscles that can cause a ton of pain throughout the body . A foam roller or massage stick will not reach the majority of trigger points.
A great replacement for foam roll lower back is the QL Claw. The QL Claw will penetrate trigger points and loosen the muscle better than your typical muscle roller or massage balls for back pain would. The QL Claw is designed specifically for breaking up tissue and releasing those hard-to-reach trigger points.
Check out this video of the QL Claw being used to release the Quadratus Lumborum.
QL Claw Testimonial
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 Donnelly, Joseph M. Travell, Simons & Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: the Trigger Point Manual. 3rd ed., Wolters Kluwer Health, 2019.