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The Thoracolumbar Fascia and Chronic Low Back Pain

The thoracolumbar fascia is a structure in the lower back that is comprised of layers of densely packed collagen and elastic fibers separated by loose connective tissue that allow the deep stabilizing muscles in the lower back to move independently of the superficial muscles used for twisting and bending forward and backward. When adhesions form in the fascia, movement can become restricted, which can lead to pain and disability in the lower back and nearby parts of the body. A January 2023 study that included 131 adults—68 with low back pain—revealed a 25-30% reduction in thoracolumbar fascia elasticity among those…

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