How to stretch your adductors aka inside of thigh to help your low back
Does the inside of your knee ever hurt? Does your low back ever ache? Do your legs ever feel tight like you’ve been riding a horse all day?
You, my friend, might be suffering from tight adductors or the insides of the thighs.
They are a big group of five muscles, and are in charge of pulling your leg towards the center of your body as well as stabilize the inside of the hip. Unchecked, they can also grab that femur (thighbone) and rotate it in so that your knee looks like a revolving door with every step.
When I see adductors on fire, I often tease the client I am working with and tell them they essentially are an “eggbeater on land”. That’s how powerful these guys are!
Now, why is that important? Well, if the adductors are in charge, they automatically knock out their antagonist….your friend and mine, the gluteus maximus. The juicy bun-buns!
How does this turn into low back pain? Well, the adductors take over, and then the glutes don’t function, and then if the glutes aren’t working the body says, “we need help from a next-door neighbor muscle above or below the glute max” and VOILA it can tap the low back muscles for assistance. Now the low back muscles are doing their normal low back muscle job, AND the glute max job. Muscles are just like people, and when they have to do their job AND someone else’s, they complain.
The result: LOW BACK PAIN. Inside of the knee pain. Riding a horse all day sort-of tightness.
No bueno. Very fixable.
Try going after those adductors!
Watch the video below and learn where the 5 adductors are, what they look like (take a good look at that monster Adductor Magnus!) and let me know in the comments below what you think! Did it ever occur to you that inside of the thigh tightness could lead to low back soreness?