The ‘Butt Walk’ Exercise Is the Best Kept Secret for Back Pain Relief

You may look slightly hysterical doing it, but it works magic!

David Liira, Kin.
In Fitness And In Health

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The quadratus lumborum is a bit of a mystery muscle. If you’ve never heard of it or are unfamiliar with its function, you’re certainly not alone. While being an integral part of the back and deep core, it’s frequently overshadowed by the obliques, rectus femoris, and other ‘aesthetically pleasing muscles’ you can see in the mirror.

This muscle originates in the upper aspect of the hips, attaching to various aspects of the lumbar spine and ribs. Function-wise, it acts as a key trunk stabilizer that can extend and laterally rotate the spine. It also has a role to play in lateral pelvic tilting/stabilization and even inspiration.

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Take a quick zoom out and you’ll realize that the QL is a crucial postural muscle that is essential for load transfer between the upper and lower body. Talk about an important job for something that rarely gets mentioned.

The thing you need to know about the QL is that it doesn’t like to stay still for too long. As it’s constantly contracting while we sit…

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David Liira, Kin.
In Fitness And In Health

Kinesiologist. Writing on health and the human condition. Clap and I clap back. https://www.davidliirakin.com