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Low Back

This region is home to the large muscles of the low back including the paraspinals (erector spinae and multifidus), as well as, the quadratus lumborum and larger overlapping latissimus dorsi muscles.

How To Use This Site:

Below are the 5 parts of the self treatment system including self muscle massage, mobilization techniques, stretching, kinesiology taping and strengthening. Before you get to those, here are some posts to help you put all of the pieces together.

Part One - how to determine which massage, mobilization and stretching techniques you should use.

  1. Muscle Sprains/Strains
  2. Tendon Injuries
  3. Muscle Spasms, Knots, Trigger Points
  4. Overuse Injuries

Part Two- adding kinesiology taping to your self treatment program. Advice for each of the four injury types listed above.

Self Treatment System

Part 1. Self Muscle Massage.

1) Blog post with anatomy review, video and picture demonstration of self muscle release techniques for the low back using a foam roller and tennis ball. Click here.

2) Blog post on additional treatment tools for use in the back, including the RAD Roller, Rumble Roller, and Knobber. Click here.

Part 2. Mobilizations

1) Blog post on how to perform a tennis ball mobilization/active release of the low back. click here.

Part 3. Stretching.

1) Blog post on how to stretch out the muscles of the low back. Click here.

Part 4. Kinesiology tape.

1) Blog post on how to apply tape following a low back strain/sprain. Click here.

Part 5. Strengthening. Coming soon.

Specific Injuries

No information available for this region. Yet.