External Abdominal Oblique

ext oblique -- 2016
External Oblique - front

ext oblique back -- 2016
External Oblique - back

Pictured above is the external oblique muscle. It twists your torso and pulls your ribs toward the top of the front of your hip bone. It works with the other core muscles primarily to stabilize the abdominal region and hold your spine steady while you move your body or lift something. You will likely need to stretch and practice SMR on the deeper internal obliques, but occasionally you may need to focus on the external obliques. Be sure to check the PSOAS in particular, as it is EXTREMELY LIKELY to have knots that need attention.

The muscles are layered, showing how some of the muscles are covered by the others. All of the muscles are see-through so that you can appreciate the location and size of each muscle relative to the others.

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Muscles that attach to the hip and the spine and/or ribs

  1. Rectus Abdominus
  2. External Abdominal Oblique
  3. Internal Abdominal Oblique
  4. Transverse Abdominus
  5. Latissimus Dorsi
  6. Iliocostalis Lumborum
  7. Longissimus Thoracis
  8. Quadratus Lumborum
  9. Multifidi

Muscles that attach to the thigh bone from either the spine or hip bone above (attached anywhere on the femur)

  1. Psoas
  2. Iliacus
  3. Rectus Femoris
  4. Tensor Fasciae Latae
  5. Sartorius
  6. Gracilis
  7. Adductor Magnus
  8. Adductor Longus
  9. Adductor Brevis
  10. Pectineus
  11. Gluteus Maximus
  12. Gluteus Medius
  13. Gluteus Minimus
  14. Piriformis
  15. Superior Gemellus
  16. Obturator Internus
  17. Inferior Gemellus
  18. Quadratus Femoris
  19. Biceps Femoris - Long Head
  20. Semitendonosis
  21. Semimembranosis

Good luck working out those tight knots.

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