Muscle Series 4: Internal Oblique

Posted on September 27th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

Week 4 of the muscle series consists of one of the core abdominal muscles: the internal oblique muscle. This muscle is a deep thick strong muscle that wraps around the lower torso, connecting the abdomen to the lower back.

Some of it’s function are to flex i.e. bend forward, rotate the torso, and assist forced exhalation. In running it’s vital because it stabilizes the spine while in motion putting stress on the lower back.

When there is an injury to this muscle the lower spine is compromised; manifesting into limited mobility in the lower back pain.

Stretch for this area:
Spinal Twist Stretch
* With feet flat, lie on your back with your knees and feet together.
* Place your arms at your side.
* Relax your shoulders on the floor
* Allow both legs to fall to one side while your spine rotates and trunk of the body lengthens. Breathe deeply.
* For added stretch, turn head the opposite direction of your legs
* Repeat on the other side by returning knees to the center.

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