The state of Oklahoma has come to embrace the concept, training and equipment for Anatomy in Clay® (Learning System), by Zahourek Systems, Inc. over the past three years…Nearly fifty school districts have implemented the system into their Anatomy and Physiology education and feedback from students and educators alike is extremely positive.

Lara Skaggs, Oklahoma Program Manager, Health Careers Education

The Muscles of the Core: Enabling Complex Feats of Athletic Splendor & Proper Posture

Posted by: ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System | Posted on: June 28th, 2013 | 0 Comments

The muscles of the core play a central role in our overall health. Comprised of roughly 30 muscles, these connect your legs to your hips, spine, and rib cage. They work synergistically to stabilize the torso, enabling complex feats of athletic splendor as well as proper posture.

The muscles of the core include:

  • Obliques – Rotate your torso and work with the transversus abdominis to support your center during movement.
  • Rectus Abdominis – Form the contours of the contracted rectus abdominis, better known as the “six-pack.” It helps stabilize your core, but its main function is to flex or curl the trunk.
  • Transversus Abdominis – This deepest of the abdominal muscles wraps laterally around your center like an internal “belt.”
  • Psoas Major/Iliacus – Better known as the hip flexors, these muscles lift the thigh toward the abdomen and limit excess motion of the hip joint.
  • Erector Spinae – This collection of three muscles straightens the back and, along with the multifidus, a short muscle, supports the spine.

Athleticism aside, the muscles of the core continuously support the spine in achieving proper posture.

A few reasons why good posture is so important:

  • Better Future Health
    Proper posture reduces stress on ligaments that connect spinal joints, as well as reduces abnormal wear and tear on joint surfaces that can lead to arthritis.
  • Improved Breathing
    Good posture helps open the airways and improves breathing, allowing enhanced oxygen flow in the cardiopulmonary system.
  • More Comfort
    Good posture decreases your chances of back and neck pain.
  • Boosted Self-Confidence
    Good posture helps you feel better, make a good first impression and look more attractive, taller and slimmer.

Want to learn more?

There is an upcoming workshop on the muscles of the core at the Formative Haptics Center in Denver, CO (Formerly the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Centers).

 Saturday September 21, 2013 9-5 pm
Posture and Power: The Muscles of the Core
Instructor: Michelle Howard (6 Hours)
Cost: $180

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