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Table-II: The mean (SD) of the resting thickness of the latissimus dorsi, gluteus maximus, transverse abdominus and internal oblique between the ipsilateral side and contra lateral side of dysfunction.
This is the action of the transverse abdominus, which contracts the abdomen in all directions.
Ultrasound was assessed on these same muscles plus the transverse abdominus.
The transverse abdominus is the deep layer of muscles underneath your rectus abdominus (which is known in gyms as the 'six-pack) and it wraps around your waist like a corset.
Muscles Worked: Rectus and transverse abdominus, obliques, rhomboids, trapezius, triceps, pectorals, biceps and deltoids
Keep your transverse abdominus (the area below your tummy button) pulled into your back throughout the movement to support your lower back and keep you standing straight.
Studies of subjects with no history of lower back pain showed that the transverse abdominus is the first muscle to fire in physical activity, before any lower extremity movement.
Abdominal muscles: The four abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus, external oblique, internal oblique, and transverse abdominus) serve to flex the thorax, rotate and laterally flex the vertebral column, and compress the abdominal region.
Twelve subjects were examined to determine the level of muscle activity in the external obliques, rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, quadriceps, hamstrings, biceps, and triceps during exercise with mini medicine balls following an exercise video.
With the deep inhalation you expand your rib cage laterally and through the exhalation you contract the transverse abdominus.
Benefits: This exercise is good for all levels and strengthens the transverse abdominus, which will help to flatten your stomach and create core strength to support your lower back.Muscles Used: Transverse abdominus, gleuts, ham - stringsTechn que Lie on the floor on your back, feet hip width apart, knees slightly bent, feet flat on the floor.
These exercises were repeated with the trunk rotated 35 degrees to the right and left to recruit the transverse abdominus and the obliques.