The transversus abdominis is one of the most important muscles in your body
But do you know where it is? Our blog post here tells you how to find it, but this one will explain what it does and why it is so important. The transversus abdominus is the deepest of the four abdominal muscles. It can be thought of as a girdle that wraps from front to back on each side of the body; furthermore, the two sides are connected by a sheet of fascia which connects to the outer lumbar spine. It is literally a girdle of support for your spine.
The transversus abdominus and why core health is so important
The transversus abdominus is a crucial component of the core, which is itself a crucial central link between upper and lower body. Almost every movement you make during the day will be initiated by, or stabilized by, your core. Weakness in the transversus abdominus is therefore a leading cause of musculoskeletal dysfunction that leads to back pain, lost range of motion and degeneration. Effecting improvements in back pain begins by strengthening the muscles that can lend a hand to an embattled lower back.
Unlock the power of the core
At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we know that great spinal health begins with the core;
When considering a plan for strengthening and conditioning to account for your back pain, it is simply futile to start anywhere else than the core. We can show you specific stretches and targeted exercises that will strengthen all four muscle groups, including the transversus abdominus, to add a layer of stability and support to the embattled vertebrae and discs of the lower back. If you are interested in finding out how you can use your core to influence great spinal health, give our office in Dunedin a call to schedule an appointment today.