Rectus abdominis

Rectus Abdominis Muscle

How to Massage the Rectus Abdominis

The Rectus Abdominis contribute to core strength, stability and flextion in the trunk of the body. These muscles can become tight because of extensive ab training or even become shortened due to sitting for long periods. Use the MyoBuddy to get relief from tight ab muscles. Watch the video below to learn how.

About the Rectus Abdominis

The rectus abdominis muscle, also known as the “abdominals or abs,” is a paired muscle running vertically on each side of the anterior wall of the abdomen. There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba. It extends from the pubic symphysis, pubic crest and pubic tubercle inferiorly, to the xiphoid process and costal cartilages of ribs V to VII superiorly.

The rectus abdominis muscle is contained in the rectus sheath, which consists of the aponeuroses of the lateral abdominal muscles. Three bands of connective tissue called the tendinous intersections traverse the rectus abdominus and seperate this parallel muscle into eight bellies. In tpeople with low body fat these bellies can be viewed externally. They are commonly referred to as a “four, six, or eight pack,” depending on how many are visible.