Quadratus Lumborum – The Masquerader: Because Functional Anatomy Says So

IMG_0784The quadratus lumborum seems to be a muscle which receives discussion without investigation. The lack of investigation became irritating so I took a look at information that is readily available because the QL is visibly small compared to the muscles that surround it. In looking at readily available information I found some answers…with more questions attached.

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Clinical Observations: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotation

IMG_0388Planes and axes…I will have to be very clear what I am speaking about here. I am speaking about rotation in the transverse plane about a vertical axis (the vertical axis being the vertebral column itself). In order to share my clinical observations I will have to be clear about likely motion potentials of structures so we will examine facet architecture as well as soft tissue pulls/connections. Continue reading

What Does My Mid Back Have To Do With My Sciatic Pain?!?!

birdplanesupermanAs I grow in my Osteopathic journey, and really my life, it is interesting to note how many things are directly in front of us and easily accessible yet seemingly unused. One such case is the very basic anatomy of the spinal cord and the vertebral column. When looking back through posts I have made on this site I have always made specific use of the term vertebral column as I do not consider the spinal cord as synonymous with it and I definitely do not consider the term spinal column accurate or useful. As we go through this short journey I will make it clear why! Continue reading

Pain – Is It All In Your Head?

I came across this interesting video on Sacral Musings. The basic premise is that pain is not the reality of a situation – it is the efferent modulating response to protect the human organism from stimulus that may be harmful. Watch the video and then read on…

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