I bet this is one of the most ridiculous headlines you ever thought you`d read. And the person next to you is either shaking their head in disbelief or laughing at you for even bothering to go through this apparently crazy article.
But I promise you will be the last to laugh if you stick to the end and see where we are going with this. Before we address the “wallet issue” though, I feel the need to talk a little more about the anatomy of the back and the most common cause of back pain.
Lower Back pain
Lower back pain is one of the leading causes of disability, not just in the US but also worldwide. And it may surprise you to learn this but total costs associated with LBP in the US exceed $100 billion per year!
It may also surprise you to know that the most frequent muscular cause of lower back pain is quadratus lumborum according to the trigger point therapists.
I can already see you asking
“What To Hell Is Quadratus Lumborum?”
No, it is not some weird mathematical function and it is certainly not of alien origin. In fact, it is a muscle located in your very back.
The video below will explain the exact location of this muscle:
Now that we know its location, we are going to talk a bit about its functions. When standing upright, this muscle will control the side bending of the upper body, stabilize the lumbar spine on the pelvis and raise the hip on one side or the other.
So What Does The Wallet Have To Do With Any Of This?
Of course, a wallet sitting on your counter won`t have anything to do with your back pain, trouble starts when you decide to fit it in your long back pocket.
Placing a wallet in your back pocket will actually disrupt the structural balance of your back and raise your hip on one side. This wallet placement is especially problematic for people who travel a lot, or spend a good chunk of time seated whether at home or at work.
Raising your hip will not only disrupt the structural balance of your back, but also activate Quadratus Lumborum trigger points and cause intense, referred pain.
There are three types of trigger points:
- Upper – causing pain in the flank region of the lower back, around the front upper region of the groin, referred pain at the Sacro-Iliac joint, scrotum and testicles
- Middle – causing pain and tenderness in the SI join and buttocks region
- Lower – causing tenderness in the hip joint region making laying on the affected side too painful
What Can You Do?
The very first thing you should do is contact your doctor. In most cases the pain will be easily manageable, but there are cases where QL muscle becomes so tense it shortens it tilts your entire upper body to the side.
Next, you can try stretching your QL muscle to ease the pain and relax the muscle. This is one awesome stretch you can try on your own:
If you are looking for a more intense (and a bit more complicated exercise), you can try the one below:
And, of course, move your wallet from the back pocket to the front. Now, I realize that there are some of you who are so used to the fact of having your wallet in your back pocket that you just refuse to change this habit. Don’t worry there is a solution for you as well.
It`s called Slim wallet. This is an awesome little wallet, capable of fitting your cash and your cards into a super slim package you won`t even notice is there.
You can check it out at Amazon.com :
Yelin E. “Cost of musculoskeletal diseases: impact of work disability and functional decline”
Travell and Simons’ “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, The Trigger Point Manual”
Quadratus Lumborum Trigger Points – Article
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