How to Stretch Your Adductors with the Adductor Rock Back

How to Perform the Adductor Rock Back

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The Setup

infraspinatus muscle anatomy

To perform the adductor rock back stretch correctly, you need to nail the set up position.

Place a pillow or pad on the ground for your knee. Put your knee on it and place your hands on the ground 1-2 feet in front of your knee.

The foot on your bent knee side should be inside of your knee so that your hip is externally rotated.

Your other leg, the straight leg, should be extended out to the side. You can keep that foot flat on the ground or rotate your toes upward.

Get your lower back flat, into neutral. You are now in the starting position.

How to Perform the Adductor Rock Back

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Once you are in the starting position as described in the set up, you are ready to begin.

From the starting position, push your butt backward toward your heels.

It is important while you’re doing this stretch to keep your back flat.

Since the adductors attach to your pelvis, rounding your back will prevent you from most effectively stretching your adductors.

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The finishing position should look identical to the starting position, except you are deeper into hip flexion.

The low back should have the same curvature.

Note that the chest does not drop down toward the ground. That is a common mistake.

Your torso should go backward toward your heels, not down toward the ground.

Ways to Use this Stretch

Typically there are three ways we like to recommend stretches be done (in no order):

  1. As reps
  2. As a relaxation technique (relaxing and breathing deeply into the stretch
  3. As a contract/relax nervous system technique

All of these are techniques are fine to use for this stretch as long as there is no pain.

There should never be pain or pinching with this stretch.

Common Errors to Avoid

Common Error #1 - Rounding the back

One of the most important things when doing this drill is to keep your back flat. This helps to get the most out of this stretch.

infraspinatus muscle anatomy
infraspinatus muscle anatomy

Common Error #2 - Incorrect hip positioning on the bent knee side

The foot on your bent knee side should be inside of your knee. That will put that hip into external rotation.

If the foot is outside of your knee, your hip will be in internal rotation, leading to the stretch ending because of that hip instead of the adductors on the straight leg.

infraspinatus muscle anatomy
infraspinatus muscle anatomy

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