Rectus abdominis muscles yoga anatomy


Where Is The Rectus Abdominus?

The Rectus abdominus muscle goes along the front of your belly from your chest bone all the way down past the front of your pelvis to the pubic bone. It is long and gets narrower as it goes down.




Rectus Abdominus tear symptoms

Pain is most often at the bottom of the muscle around the pelvis but can be anywhere along the muscles. Rectus Abdominus muscles can become weak and frayed to the point that the abdominal wall can no longer contain your insides. This is known as a hernia. The intestines can poke through holes in the wall interrupting all kind of things especially digestion.
Sudden sharp pain in the abdominal muscles which would indicate a rupture.
An abdominal tear can cause extreme discomfort when deep breathing, sneezing, coughing, and laughing.


What is The Function of the Rectus Abdominus

The abdominal wall pulls you forward in a straight line. It also acts like ropes holding the attachments of all the other abdominal muscles together.
The rectus abdominis plays an important role in deep exhalation (Bahya Kumbhaka) which is deep exhalation to retention.

Where is the Origin and Insertion of the Rectus Abdominus?

Around your chest, just before it become soft (top of the belly), is a bone called the xiphoid process of the sternum. Also from the 5th to 7th costal cartilage.
Inserts at the pubis bone all the way past the frontal pelvis.



Stretches for the Rectus abdominis muscles

Strengthen the Rectus abdominis muscles



Abdomen Muscles Origin Function


The pyramidalis is contained in the rectus sheath.  This small triangular shaped muscle  lies in front of the lower anterior to the rectus abdominis muscle.


Twenty percent of people don't have the triangle-shaped pyramidalis muscle in their abdomens

Most people have two Pyramidalis muscles.