Abdominal Drawing in Maneuver

Equipment
Mat

Purpose

The abdominal drawing in maneuver helps to strengthen and improve recruitment of the lower abdominal muscles, which provide support for your low back.

Set up

Begin lying on a mat with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. You may place your fingers on your lower abdominal muscles just inside your hip bones so you can feel when they are contracting.

Movement

Tighten your lower abdominal muscles. Your muscles should flatten toward the floor as you contract them. They should not bulge. Hold the position for 10 seconds. Relax.

Tips

  • Avoid holding your breath.
  • Avoid bearing down.
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