Lower Back

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backmuscle1This 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. In this section you will find our available treatment plans as well as the different self treatment techniques on this site.

Injury Treatment Plans for this area:

(* note. each treatment plan includes a free downloadable PDF. Here’s a post on how to use them.)

1) Low back strain. Click here.

These plans are part of our “Injury of the Week” blog series. Each post will talk about what the injury is and how it can happen. It will then take you through all five steps of the ATA self treatment system including self massage, mobilizations, kinesiology taping, stretching and strengthening.

Individual Parts of 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. 

Right now our strength advice is specific to our “injury of the week” blog series (see top of this page for injuries affecting this area). However, all of our strenghtening videos can be found on our youtube channel (link at top of website).

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