The physiology of hidden muscles: Diaphragm

Thursday, November 10, 2016. Author Pleuni Hooijman

No matter how much muscle you build, there are a couple of ‘hidden’ muscles you will never get to see but they have a huge impact on your performance and health. One of them is the most important muscle for respiration and posture: the diaphragm.

You’re probably pretty familiar with the intercostal muscles (if you have ever eaten spare ribs) and abdominal muscles (the “abs”), but the most relevant muscle for respiration is less well known: the diaphragm. In a highly coordinated manner, these muscles not only make you breathe but also stabilize your posture.

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