The rectus abdominis muscle is one of your abdominal muscles. If it gets too tight or harbors trigger points, it can trigger pain in your belly as well as in your lower and mid back.
Excessive physical exercise and emotional stress are common causes for that kind of pain.
What is great though, is that very often you can relieve this muscle and thus its associated pains by massaging it yourself.
On this page you will learn how to do this, and more.
If you cannot wait, just jump to the palpation and massage chapter.
Additionally to the info on how to feel and massage the muscle, you will learn…
As you can see in the two pictures, the rectus abdominis can send pain to the lower region of your belly as well as to your lower and mid back.
The deeper the red, the more common it is to experience pain if this muscle is too tight or afflicted with trigger points.
Note: While the pain on/in your belly occurs on the side of the rectus abdominis that is affected, the back pains can be due to trigger points from one or both sides of the muscle.
Trigger points in the rectus abdominis muscle can mimic unpleasant and dangerous conditions.
If you got already checked for the following symptoms without clear results, it might be that they have their origin in your abdominal muscles.
Symptoms and misdiagnosis from trigger points in the area X3
Symptoms and misdiagnosis from trigger points in the area X2
Symptoms and misdiagnosis from trigger points in the area X1
Note: The symptoms from points X3 and X1 often occur with emotional stress or during menstruation – in case of women –.
Especially movements that require strong activation of your abdominal muscles or where you move your belly might be painful.
Besides that, it is typical to lean forward and make yourself a little bit smaller if the rectus abdominis is too tight or harbors trigger points.
So, be aware of your posture.
It might be that you prefer to sit in a slumped or sleep in the fetal position, because your rectus is too tight and elongating it to its normal length is already unpleasant or painful for you.