What You Get
Approved: Florida (2), NCCAOM (2), Standard Certificate (2) Pending: California [Upon Request]*
LENGTH 2 Hours
Course TYPE Recorded Webinar
ACCESS Mobile, Desktop, Tablet
NOTES Notes are provided with this course.
Course Overview
The quadratus lumborum (QL) is a crucial structure of the lumbar spine. Despite its importance, its role in stability and its contribution to low back pain are controversial and not fully understood. The QL is reported to be more of a postural muscle that acts as an intersection of tensional force, rather than being a prime mover in any particular action. Practitioners should remember that all muscles interconnect as a function of the fascial system, and for the quadratus lumborum, the practitioner must look further than just treating this muscle as an individual pain generator. In this presentation, we will discuss the latest research on this muscle, its complex structure and relevant neurology, its myofascial connections to neighboring tissues, and its sinew channel connections. We will also discuss assessment, acupuncture point protocols, and local anatomy related to proper needling. In addition, we will highlight targeted myofascial release and corrective exercises protocols to help correct postural imbalances, restore function, and reinforce the acupuncture.
  • The practitioner will be able to describe the complex structural, fascial and neural anatomy of the quadratus lumborum.
  • The practitioner will be able to describe the actions of the quadratus lumborum.
  • The practitioner will be to describe how the quadratus lumborum links with the channel system.
  • The practitioner will be able to apply various functional assessments to find imbalances in the quadratus lumborum and its connected myofascial tissues.
  • The practitioner will be able to apply acupuncture, myofascial release and corrective exercise protocols for the quadratus lumborum.
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 30 min

    Examine the anatomy of the quadratus lumborum.

    30 min - 45 min

    Discuss the channel relationships of the Quadratus lumborum.

    45 min - 1.25 hrs

    Discuss assessment approaches for the quadratus lumborum.

    1.25 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    Examine acupuncture points used for the quadratus lumborum.

    1.75 hrs - 2 hrs

    The practitioner will learn myofascial release and corrective exercise protocols for the quadratus lumborum.

    What People Are Saying

    This course significantly deepened my knowledge of the quadratus lumborum. I now have a better understanding of the muscle's relationship to all of the surrounding structures. I look forwards to using my new understanding about assessment and treatment of the quadratus lumborum.

    Oliver L.- United States of America

    Excellent course, a lot to take in. It has inspired to do the other courses. I feel these course will fill in the gaps for me as an acupuncturist. Thank you

    Robyn V.- Australia

    I highly recommend this course. It covers in depth the anatomy of the QL, as well as other structures it affects and includes several assessments to determine the best approach to treat the symptoms.

    Karen Z.- United States of America

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    About Brian Lau

    Brian Lau, AP, CSMA, is certified in both Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Structural Integration. He has been on faculty since 2013 with the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program, where he teaches anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment of the channel sinews (jingjin), and myofascial release. He leads regular dissection for students, both within SMAC and in other venues. Brian is also a veteran tai chi and qigong instructor, teaching local, regional and online classes. In addition to teaching, he owns and operates Ideal Balance Center for Sports Medicine Acupuncture in Tampa, FL.

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