QL Stretch

QL Stretch

Quadratus Lumborum aka the QL originates on the posterior iliac crest and inserts on the medial half of the 12th rib & transverse process of the lumbar spine. Itโ€™s action = laterally flex and extend the lumbar spine as well as assisting with inspiration (particularly to help stabilize the last rib and diaphragm). So how do we stretch it? Doing the exact opposite! .Here is how to perform this exercise: -While laying sideways on a swiss ball flex your hip as far as you can while maintaining stability on the swiss ball (this can be tricky) -Reach the top arm overhead and down towards the floor -Make sure to EXHALE as you reach down -The larger the swiss ball the more aggressive you can be with this stretch. Note- If your latโ€™s are the only area in which you feel this stretch than you can place your hand around your neck and reach towards the floor leading with your elbow. One may think, if you only feel it in your latโ€™s maybe you latโ€™s are actually your restrictoin hmm.. As you can see through before and after clips this stretch helped with this Arashโ€™s side bend here! Key- After you stretch the QL, it is recommended to follow this up with core exercises to help stabilize appropriately!
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