The "drawing-in" maneuver is a common cue used during exercise and rehabilitation programs. A light contraction of the transverse abominis
(and potentially the entire intrinsic stabilization subsystem
) achieved by gently pulling the lower abdominal region away from one's waist band. This should have minimal effect on breathing, and should not be confused with a maximal contraction of the transverse abdominis
resulting in a "vacuum pose".
- Research often refers to this maneuver as the "abdominal drawing-in maneuver"; abbreviated ADIM.
Development and introduction of this cue into practice is based on the pivotal research and resulting text:
- Carolyn Richardson, Paul Hodges, Julie Hides. Therapeutic Exercise for Lumbo Pelvic Stabilization – A Motor Control Approach for the Treatment and Prevention of Low Back Pain: 2nd Edition (c) Elsevier Limited, 2004