Anatomy of the lower back

The Anatomy of the Lower Back

The Lower back is defined as the area between the 12th ribs superiorly and the gluteal folds inferiorly.

This course does not major on anatomy.  This is for a few reasons:

  • There is very little correlation between altered anatomy and lower back pain or sciatica.
  • The clinical guidelines emphasise the importance of not focusing on anatomy with sufferers of lower back pain – emphasising anatomy can raise anxiety which aggravates pain.
  • A basic knowledge of anatomy is sufficient to help sufferers – only surgeons need to know exactly where everything is!

As a refresher (it is assumed that you know the anatomy of this area), the anatomy of this area may be reviewed in the below links, or excellent anatomy courses are run by experienced Yoga instructor Karen Kirkness.


Web links



Or, the below books are recommended:


Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness


Anatomy and Physiology for Dummies


Gray’s Anatomy for Students




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About the Author:

Clinic Director and Osteopath. Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, and author of "active X backs - and effective solution for lower back pain"; he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.

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