Which are the Deep Core Stability Muscles?
Article by John Miller
Core Stability Muscles
The Deep Core Stability Muscles of the Lower Spine have been identified as:
- Transversus Abdominis (TA)
- Multifidus (MF)
- Pelvic Floor (PF)
The Transversus Abdominis (TA) is the deepest abdominal muscle. It is the "corset muscle" of the spine and pelvis. In the normal situation, TA contracts in anticipation of body motion to guard the spinal joints, ligaments, discs and nerves.
Multifidus (MF) muscles are very short muscles running from the transverse processes (on the sides) of one vertebra up to the spinous process (the middle of the back) of the next vertebra upwards. Their main function is back stability. They do not produce a large range of movement, but work to produce small, "fine-tuning" postural movements, all day long.
Pelvic Floor & Diaphragm
The TA and the MF work in conjunction with your pelvic floor and diaphragm to make a flexible but stable region around your lumbar spine. It is this ability to stabilise your lumbar spine in its many positions that enables you to overcome back problems and reduce your chances of a reoccurrence.
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