The groin can be a delicate area in more ways than one. When you think of groin pain, you might instinctively wince. But you may be surprised to know that this muscle can get tight and cause pain that you might not expect.
The groin is the area of the body where the abdomen meets the thighs. The groin is considered a group of muscles containing five different muscles - these muscles include: the adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, gracilis, and the pectineus. Needless to say, the groin area is an important muscle group that we want to ensure is cared for and functions appropriately.
Tight groin muscles can surely cause pain in the groin region. Being a more sensitive area, it’s important that the stretches and exercises you do are approached with care. Don’t try to push through the stretch more than your body will allow. This could potentially lead to a groin strain or tear.
Always listen to your body and breathe deeply while stretching. As simple as it sounds, breathing is so incredibly important while stretching or exercising. Try to aim for smooth inhales and long exhales. If possible, deepen the stretch softly on the exhale.
If you cannot breathe comfortably while in the certain stretch, try to ease up a bit or find a progression of the stretch that allows you to take deep, even breaths. This will help you stay safe, get the most out of the stretch, and prevent any further damage to the area.
Groin strains and tears can be common in athletes and are more serious. If you think you’ve experienced one of these issues, please reach out for professional help. But for general tightness and soreness, stretching and exercising safely will do the trick.
We've got the safety of your delicate areas in mind with our MoveWell exercises. Don't say we don't do anything for you. Ease those sore groin muscles with the stretches below.
Joel is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE and the founder of MoveWell. Joel founded MoveWell after sustaining an injury while running an ultra marathon on every continent. Joel is writes about mobility, pain management and health and wellness overall.
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