There are several muscles either side of the lower back. There is Erector Spinae, Quadratus Lumborum as well as numerous small muscles like Multifidus and larger swathes of tissues like the thoracolumbar fascia and Latissimus Dorsi.
With lifting and twisting these muscles are vulnerable to being strained and torn, as well as prone to going into spasm and protective tightness when other issues deeper in the back kick in.
Treatment starts with a thorough assessment of the origin of the problem followed by hands-on work to resolve the spasm and tightness as well as the causes like facet joint locks and disc issues.
Lower back pain is one of our most common conditions we see and one we enjoy treating immensely. NICE recommended, “manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) for managing low back pain with or without sciatica, but only as part of a treatment package including exercise.”
This is exactly what we do!