Base-Line Healing


Keeping it simple...

rectus abdominis muscles

(rek-tus  ab-dom-in-is)

skeleton seen from the front showing the rectus abdominis muscles extending from between the legs at the front of the pelvis, midline where the pubic bones meet to the chest. Two muscles lying parallel running up the front of the abdomen attaching to the cartilage of the lower ribs. Sections of muscles separated by strips of connective tissue the linea alba (white line) in the middle and horizontal strips known as tendinous intersections.

"The abs".

The left and right rectus abdominis muscles lie side by side at the front of the body.

From pelvis to rib cage.

The line of your Base-Line muscles.

rectus abdominis anatomy in detail

How to find where your

rectus abdominis muscles attach.

Upper attachment to the chest:

rectus abdominis muscles from the pubic symphysis to the costal cartilage of the ribs.

Lower attachment to the pelvis:

rectus abdominis - sections of muscle tissue.

the human abdominal muscles showing the rectus abdominis muscles, linea alba and the navel on the linea alba. The lateral abdominal muscles wrap around the sides of the body and create the rectus sheaths in which the rectus abdominis muscles lie.  Like ribbons in a tunnel either side of midline.

Each rectus abdominis consists of several panels of muscle separated by strips of tough connective tissue.

These panels are what create the "6 pack look" but the number of sections of muscle depends on the individual - 4, 6, 8, 10 packs can occur.

rectus abdominis and the linea alba.

Between left and right rectus abdominis muscles there is midline strip of tough connective tissue called the linea alba.

linea alba

drawing of a person highlighting the rectus abdominis muscles and the linea alba our true midline

Working with the rectus abdominis muscles allows us to feel the positioning of the linea alba - our primary guide for body alignment and is associated with 3 of our midline markers for alignment.

midline markers

The rectus abdominis muscles should be strong and supportive.

The body's 'core pillar of strength'.

Powerful muscles that allow the body to bend and flex in all directions when functioning at optimal.

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