• Question: What is the muscle below your ribs called?

    Asked by whrhys to Anil, Blanka, Emma, Mike on 4 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Do you mean the diaphragm? That sits near the bottom of our ribs and forms a sheet across the whole of the inside of our body (it separates our lungs from our guts). The diaphragm is really important – without it we couldn’t breathe

    • Photo: Blanka Sengerova

      Blanka Sengerova answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Yes, I think you must mean the diaphragm. Like some other muscles in the body, it’s an involuntary muscle which we don’t control consciously (unlike for instance muscles in our arms and legs), but whose contractions occur unconsciously.