The oblique muscles support and aid in side-to-side movement, helping maintain back strength and healthy posture. There are two oblique muscle sets, the internal and external obliques. Maintaining a strong core is one recommended way to protect the body and spine. However, many forget to train and strengthen all of the oblique muscles. Individuals tend to focus on the superficial core muscle, or rectus abdominis, and not enough or any attention goes to the lateral stabilizers or the internal and external obliques. Chiropractic and functional medicine can restore musculoskeletal flexibility, mobility, and function.
The external obliques make up a large part of the trunk area. There are two external obliques on either side of the body, located on the lateral sides of the abdominal region. These muscles have an essential role in daily movements.
The internal oblique is a muscle deep within the lateral side of the abdomen.
The internal and external obliques are the primary rotators of the spine and provide thoracic spine mobility.
If the internal obliques are inhibited, compensation can cause an alteration in the sequence patterns of the posterior oblique subsystem.
Dysfunction in one area leads to imbalances in other areas, affecting movement and causing impairment syndromes that can include:
Chiropractic care, massage, and decompression therapy can restore body balance through:
Chiropractors and spinal rehabilitation specialists recommend specialized exercise regimens to target these muscles that include:
If you are experiencing waistline, hip, and low back stiffness or tightness and pain, consult our professional chiropractic team. We’re ready to help!
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