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Can A Massage Help With Lower Back Pain?

Massage for Lower Back Pain! 

One of the most common reasons for seeing a remedial massage therapist is lower back (lumbar) pain!

This can be triggered by a number of things, including poor posture, an imbalance in muscle strength, core weakness, repetitive actions, injuries, congenital conditions (that we are born with), pregnancy plus more! 

Here at FNQ Health Co., we see a variety of people suffering with discomfort or pain in the lower back. The pain can be evenly distributed across the back or you may experience soreness more to one side. Sometimes the pain may even radiate through the buttocks, down the leg or around the hip.

Are you someone, who…

  • has chronic lower back pain due to an old injury, which flares-up from time-to-time
  • is a generally “tight” person, with a lower back that has started to feel quite stiff and sore
  • has moved the way they always do, but has moved this time and is now all of a sudden left in agony! 
  • feels very sore and stiff getting out of bed in the morning
  • needs a bit of time to walk upright after sitting for a period of time
  • has lifted something heavy and felt an instant or sharp pain in the lower back
  • is expecting a baby!

Then, massage can help you!

But how can massage help?

Massage loosens muscle tightness, which is often a big contributor to the above culprits of lower back pain. As remedial massage therapists, there are a few things we can do to alleviate this discomfort and help you move and feel yourself again.

My favorite muscle to check for lower back pain has to be the Quadratus Lumborum (QL)! We activate (or use) this muscle constantly (actually all day long!) for side-and back bending as well as rotation (twisting) of the upper body. As this muscle is attached to the bottom rib, the lumbar spine as well as the hip, a dysfunction in the QL can cause a lot of discomfort in the lower back.

After addressing the QL, the gluteus medius should also be looked at as it is also in constant use during our daily movements. As this muscle attaches to the pelvis, when it is tight it can really affect how the lower back feels. Tightness in the hamstrings can cause lower back pain as well, which can be loosened well with massage. So both the gluts and hamstrings should be managed regularly with massage and at home through stretching or foam rolling.

I believe to work on the hip flexors is also very important especially in people, who are sitting down a lot or bending forward. There are some allied health professionals, who might not agree with this statement, but I achieved some really good results by loosening and/or activating the hip flexors.

Can we help?

Let us know if we can help with someone’s lower back pain!

These are a few ideas what a remedial massage therapist can do to address to relieve a sore lower back. One treatment might only provide a short-term relief, but together we will workout a plan how to stop or better look after your discomfort of the lower back in the long-term, so you can enjoy a better quality of life!

I would love to help you with your lower back pain, so if you have any questions at all, please comment below or give the clinic a call. We are here to help, so you can move through your day without that niggling lower back!

Anette – Remedial Massage Therapist 🙂