Quadtratus Lumborum

Although commonly referred to as a back muscle, the Quadratus Lumborum (QL) is part of the abdominal muscles, as it lines the back of the abdominal cavity. It attaches at the top of the pelvis, the bottom of the ribs and each of the lumbar vertebra. When one QL contracts, there is either side bending or lifting of the pelvis and when both QL’s contract, back bending occurs.


The QL becomes weak with too much sitting. Keeping your QL’s strong is important for proper walking. Strong QL’s also help with traction of the lumbar vertebrae which may help with leg numbness, tingling and weakness.

For exercises to help strengthen your QL, speak to Mike, Chip, or Sharon.


Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Michael Pennington is a physical therapist and the owner of Turning Point Physical Therapy, which is located in beautiful southern Oregon. He is a loving husband, father of six and a master of his trade. Before studying at Pacific University, Michael earned his Eagle Scout and served a full-time 2 year mission in south Africa. He is as accomplished as he is hard working. Al l of his experiences culminate together at his clinic and are evident in his patient care.
Mike Pennington

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