Muscle series 5: Pectineus

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

Muscle series 5 will cover the Pectineus. The pectineus is part of the hip adductor group and is the smallest of the this group of muscles. It connects to the femur bone.

It’s responsible for pulling the thigh in and forward of the midline of the body. Other responsibilities are stabilizing the thigh and helps the body align over the leg when bearing weight.

When prolonged sitting, pulling on the pelvis occurs and results in lower back and sits bones dysfunction. Often runners will experience groin or what feels like hip pain associated with a tight pectineus or other adductor, inner leg, muscles.

Effective Stretches to the Pectineus
Half-Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch

* Kneel with one knee down and other foot flat.
* Maintain 90degree angle at each knee.
* Tuck tailbone while maintaining straight spine.
* Slowly press hips forward to stretch front of the hip.
* Switch and repeat on other side.

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