Treating the Lateral Raphe to Improve Contraction of the Transverse Abdominus

Myofascial release of the Lateral Raphe is a technique that we have recently incorporated into out Level 1 Motus course, we have found the technique to be very useful in establishing core stability for the lumbar spine through activation of the TA. We also cover the importance of the co-contraction of the lumbar erectors and the rectus abdominus, as well as the areas of densification that should be assessed between the external oblique, internal oblique and TA. All of these are critical comments in ensuring the proper stabilization of the lumbar spine. 

This article demonstrates the changes in the contractability of the TA by manual pressure techniques on the lateral raphe  through diagnostic ultrasound imaging.