(Last Updated On: August 9, 2018)
Rectus Abdominis Muscle Pain: Signs and Symptoms
- Pain that runs horizontal across the mid back under the shoulder blade
- Pain that runs horizontal across the low back and or hips
- Pain around the sternum between the breasts (not shown)
- Pain in the low abdomen
- Feeling bloated
- Heartburn and indigestion
Where is the rectus abdominis muscle located?
The rectus abdominis muscle attaches to the bottom of the pelvis (pubis bone) traveling up to connect to the breast bone (xiphoid process of the sternum) and the 5th, 6th, and 7th ribs.
What movements does the rectus abdominis muscle control?
- Bending over
- Supports and protects the internal organs
- Assists with breathing
Activities that cause rectus abdominis pain and symptoms:
- Over exercising muscles (sit-ups and leg-ups)
- Shallow breathing
- Chronic coughing
- Sitting for long periods of time
- Sitting in a twisted position
- Abdominal surgery
- Scars from abdominal surgery
- Chronic Constipation
- Carrying a heavy backpack
Interesting facts about the rectus abdominis:
- It is the muscle that gives the appearance to six-pack abs.
- The rectus abdominis muscle extends from ribs below the breasts to the top of the pubic bone without attaching to bone. The horizontal bands of connective tissue called tendinous intersections help the muscle maintain proper length.
- The abdominal muscles can cause a range of symptoms that can be worrisome and mimic other medical conditions such as appendicitis, gallbladder disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, endometriosis, and urinary incontinence. Lingering or sudden onset abdominal pain should be checked out by a physician.
You use the rectus abdominis to bend over and straighten the trunk. It also helps with breathing.
Rectus Abdominis Muscle Pain and Symptoms Can Be Similar To, Contribute To, and Be Affected By These Medical Diagnosis:
- Painful rib syndrome
- Gallbladder disorder
- Urinary tract disease
- Hiatal hernia
- Inguinal hernia
- Ovarian cyst
- Pelvic pain
Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the rectus abdominis:
Satellite trigger points associated with the rectus abdominis muscle:
- External and Internal Obliques
- Tranversus Abdominis
- Iliocostalis Thoracics
TWD Recommendations For Rectus Abdominis Pain
If you have ongoing pain in the abdominal area, you should see a doctor. Pain in the abdominal area can be a symptom of many maladies, some of which are life-threatening. If you have been to a physician and they cannot find the source of pain, then consider the compression brace and the book suggestion below.
Get Relief From Rectus Abdominis Muscle Pain By Providing Abdominal Support and Compression
The Pro-Choice Back Support is my go to for abdominal support and back brace. This brace has helped me more than any other with low back and low abdominal pain. The lumbar pad provides support without the uncomfortable restriction and poking of metal supports. The band is wide, covering the entire lower back. It has an adjustable Velcro front closure along with adjustable Velcro side panels which can be tightened or loosened to provide support and compression. The brace also reflects your body heat back into the muscles, providing warmth to tight sore muscles. For those with recent injuries or flare-ups, it is comfortable enough wear all night and will not disrupt your sleep.
I have recommended this brace to many clients and friends with chronic low back pain and everyone has commented how much it helps relieve their pain and increase mobility. If you have muscle, tendon or ligament injuries, new or old, I highly recommend that you try this brace.
Sizing: Small and Medium fits waists 22" - 38". Large fits waist 24" - 40". X-large fits waist 41" - 50. XX-large fits waist 51" - 60".
Trigger Point Self-Treatment For The Rectus Abdominis
Do you know that muscle 'knots' or other dysfunction in the rectus abdominis muscle can cause bands of pain in the mid-back and or buttocks? This can also cause pain in the pelvis area and contribute to heartburn and indigestion.
The rectus abdominis can contribute to pain in the abdominal area and also in the upper and lower back. If you are experiencing pain in these areas and doctors cannot find a cause I recommend you purchase Claire DaviesThe Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. Mr. Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language. What makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain, how to find the trigger point and treat it. If you suffer from unresolved abdominal pain and symptoms associated with the rectus abdominis I highly recommend this book. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body. Relieving trigger points in have helped many people resolve their pain issues. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.
Twelve years of experience working with clients with chronic pain, post injury pain, and post surgery pain. Muscle dysfunction is often overlooked but can hold the key to many pain conditions.