Have you ever noticed how your ribs protrude from beneath your shirt? Flared Ribs are a possibility if you do. It is not only unsightly, but it may also impair your body’s ability to function. We’ll look at flared ribs and how to fix them in this article.
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The lower portion of your rib cage at the front protrudes forward and out, creating a flared rib. It’s easy to spot because your bottom ribs are protruding from your body. When you reach your arms overhead, it usually gets worse. It’s also more noticeable on the left side of the body, which houses our internal organs.
What’s the deal with my ribs being flared?
Flared ribs are caused by muscle imbalances that cause poor posture, rather than the ribs themselves.
The primary muscle for breathing is the diaphragm. Compensatory muscles will be recruited to assist with breathing if breathing is ineffective. As a result of this overactivity, flared ribs can occur.
The abdominal muscles are in charge of bringing the rib cage into a more neutral position by tilting it downward and inwards. As a result, if your ribs are flared on one side, your abdominal muscles on that side will be weaker, and the diaphragm and abdominal muscles will be less integrated.
So, why do some people choose the rib-flared shaft?
- Hereditary factors (common mother!)
- Breathing – Rib flare is more noticeable when you have stale air in your lungs and don’t know how to fully exhale.
- Stress – People who are constantly stressed inhale more, which fuels the rib flare fire.
Rib Flare is a no-no!
I understand. “Why should I be concerned about rib flare?” you may be thinking. That is a legitimate concern. Yes, protruding ribs are unsightly, but there are plenty of other reasons to fix your rib flare if you have one.
Your diaphragm and abdominal muscles are not integrated when your ribs are flared.
A ZOA, or zone of apposition, is formed when your ribs are properly aligned. The ZOA is lost when your ribs flare out, resulting in low diaphragmatic pressure (aka not so good). When your ribs are stuck in a flared position, it’s impossible to get into a truly full exhale.
It’s more difficult for your body to enter a parasympathetic “rest and digest” state if you can’t breath out all of your stale air.
Try this: take a deep breath in, flare your ribs, and hold it. I believe you’ll find that getting into your parasympathetic “fight or flight” state is not difficult. Imagine being in this state all of the time. Isn’t that a dreadful scenario?
Your upper back, or thoracic spine, is pulled forward into extension when your ribs are pulled into flare in the front.
A nice kyphotic curve of the spine is ideal for gliding shoulder blades. When in extension, however, scapular glide can compromise shoulder range of motion and stability. This posture can weaken muscles like the lower trapezius and serratus anterior, both of which are important for shoulder health.
When your ribs flare out,
your lumbar spine is pulled forward into an excessive extension and your pelvis tilts forwrd.
Everything is connected, in the Coles Notes version. You’re more likely to develop shoulder and back problems if your ribs are positioned incorrectly. Not to mention the negative consequences of being constantly in a sympathetic state of “fight or flight.” So, please don’t ignore it!
Now for the most crucial part: how to correct rib flare!
It’s time to talk about how to fix rib flare now that you understand why it’s important.
You must be able to breathe normally first and foremost.
If you can’t fully expand your diaphragm through the front, back, and sides during inhalation and take a FULL exhalation, you need to work on your breathing technique. For some useful breathing tips, watch this video. Then try the following exercise.
breathing) and a lack of abdominal activation.
Select the appropriate core and stability workouts.
Trying to fix your rib flare or improve your ZOA by destroying your abs with endless crunches every workout is unlikely. To reinforce proper rib positioning and pelvic tilt, try the two exercises below with lower, controlled reps. Check out this article for more information on how to properly engage your core.
Take a big exhale, like you’re blowing out candles on a birthday cake, to help set your ribs during these exercises. Your ribs will naturally lower as a result of this. After that, make every effort to maintain a regular breathing cadence.
Pay attention to how you stand.
When you’ve nailed down good rib positioning during the exercises above, make sure you’re paying attention to your posture when doing your heavier lifts. Here’s an illustration of what happens when your lumbar spine is pulled into extension while your ribs are flared, as well as a photo of how your ribs should look during a lift. Keep the latter in mind.
What Can Be Done to Help?
Fortunately, the imbalanced muscles that cause your ribs to pop out can be addressed and flared ribs can be corrected.
Core strength, breathing exercises, stretching, and massaging tight muscles will all be part of the programme. It is recommended that it be performed by physiotherapists or certified Pilate’s instructors who are familiar with the body’s functions.
Is Pilates a Good Alternative?
Yes! Pilates can help you get rid of flared ribs by improving your breathing pattern and making muscle integration easier. The exercises listed below are some that you can do at home on your own.
To begin, lie flat on your back with your hands on your hip bones, knees bent, feet flat on the mat, and hip distance apart.
Taking a deep breath
- Wrap your arms around your rib cage on the sides of your body.
- breath out deeply into the sides and back of your body through your nose. Concentrate on rib cage expansion.
- Take a deep breath in through your mouth and breath out through your nose. Your ribs will tighten and your hands will pull inwards.
- Keep repeating this breathing pattern until you can feel the ribs expanding and contracting.
- Pay special attention to your flared rib; you may notice that it expands less than the other side.
Raise Your Arms
- Take a deep breath in and extend your arms to the ceiling, palms facing each other.
- Exhale, reaching arms overhead only as far as the abdominal connection and rib cage-to-mat contact can be maintained.
- Take a deep breath and reach for the ceiling with your arms.
- As you exhale, bring your arms to your sides.
Raise your arm and leg (Dead Bug)
- Form a 90-degree angle with your hips and knees.
- Contract your abs and push your lower back into the floor.
- Breath out deeply.
- Exhale slowly and bring your right arm overhead as you extend your left leg toward the floor. Don’t let your lower back arch and keep your abs tight.
- Return your arm and leg to their original positions gradually.
- Switch arms and legs and repeat the exercise. Alternate!
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You may repeat each exercise ten times for three sets. You’ll notice a difference if you concentrate on the ribs.
Perfection is attained through practise. It might take some time to lose the flared ribs, but don’t give up!