The transverse abdominal muscle wraps around the torso from front to back and from the ribs to the pelvis. The muscle fibers of the transversus abdominis run horizontally, similar to a corset or a weight belt.
Primary Actions: This muscle doesn’t help move the spine or the pelvis, but it does help with respiration and breathing. This muscle helps facilitate forceful expiration of air from the lungs, stabilizes the spine and helps protect the internal organs.
Functional Connections: A strong core is built from the inside out so the first muscle to build upon is this one. Because of its functional connection with the diaphragm and breathing, a great exercise is to practice deep breathing control and ‘belly breathing’.
**Begin your inhalation with belly expansion and build it into the ribcage. Expand everything as much as possible. Then, don’t just let it all go at once; control the exhalation to match the time it took to take the maximum inhalation.**
Chronic Pain Connections: By working to control deep inhalation and exhalation you will gain both flexibility and strength deep in your core. This may aid in digestion, balance and even relaxation.