In today’s muscle we are continuing our week on muscles and functions of the low back, especially those that can contribute to low back pain and degeneration.
Up today we have a very important group of muscles called the Multifidus, they are considered part of the group that is called the erectors.
These are very deep and very strong muscles that go from the base of the spine all the way up to the top of the neck.
In a classic sense the “job” of this muscle group is the following:
Extension of the spine, same side lateral flexion and opposite side rotation of the spine.
These muscles definitely do a lot!
Another big job of this muscle group is to help stabilize and support the spine from the back part. These muscles are really active when trying to push into something, like pushing open a door it gives force back out to keep you from collapsing.
These muscles are really important in keeping the disc and joint of the spine stable and healthy.
Unfortunately we have become such a sedentary society and the rigors of sitting too much put a lot of wear and tear on this muscle group. When this happens the muscles don’t get enough blood and oxygen which can lead to development of adhesion.
Adhesion is like glue that gets inside the muscle and makes it weaker and less flexible. The job of the muscles is to help support and stabilize the spine, but now they can’t so it puts more wear and tear on the disc.
So if you have a disc problem, low back pain or just bad spinal mechanics you more than certainly have a multifidus problem as well.
Most people assume they just need to strengthen this group more and more, but the real issue is the tissue isn't healthy and needs treatment to get rid of the adhesion.
That treatment is tough to come by and successful treatment of adhesion in the multifidus must be done by an expert that is trained in the Integrative Diagnosis System.