The pectineus is the proximal muscle in the adductor group. It is a flat rectangular muscle originating from the front of the pelvic girdle and inserting on the inside of the proximal femur. It is monoarticular.
Tightness in the pectineus limits the depth of poses like baddhakonasana.
Weakness limits gomukhasana B. Contraction accentuates moola bandha.
Awareness of the pectineus awakens its neighboring adductor muscles, the brevis and longus.
Pecten (a bulge) of the pubic bone on the iliopubic ramus, lateral to the pubic symphysis, (front view)
Pectineal line extending from the lesser trochanter to the linea aspera on the inside of the proximal femur, (back view)
Innervation & chakra illuminated
Femoral nerve (lumbar spinal nerves 3 and 4) +/- obturator nerve (lumbar spinal nerves 2, 3 and 4).
Chakra illuminated: Second.
Adductor group, illiopsoas and quadratus femoris.
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