Trigger point pain from Flexor Pollicis Longus and how to find relief

Jun 7, 2018 | Thumb Pain, Trigger Point Therapy, Wrist Pain

Flexor Pollicis and wrist and thumb pain

The bane of massage therapist and mobile phone junkies, the flexor pollicis longus is muscle that helps bring the thumb inward. Incorrect use of the thumb and this muscle has cut short many a promising massage career.

That is why using our app Painalog is so crucial in understanding and mitigating any issues with the thumb.

You can download the app on Google Play Store or get it on App store and give it whirl for free for seven days. However if you are sure that it is the Flexor Pollicis Longus then read on to learn how to locate, self release and stretch the muscle.

STEP 1: How to Locate the Flexor Pollicis Longus Trigger Point #One

The Flexor Pollicis Longus, as the name suggests, is the long flexor muscle of the thumb. Pollicis is a Latin term referring to the thumb. It arises from the radius bone in the forearm, and attaches to the thumb, and helps in the flexion of the thumb. Place a light hand over the forearm about three to four fingers below the wrist and flex your thumb, you will feel a muscle moving. This is the Flexor Pollicis Longus. The trigger point for the muscle is also generally present three to four finger widths below the wrist.

STEP 2: How to Self-Release the Flexor Pollicis Longus Trigger Point # One

To self-release the Flexor Pollicis Longus, you will need a ball. Locate the trigger point over the muscle and place the ball over the area, keeping the ball between your arm and the table. Place your other hand over the arm and apply slight pressure. Hold for about 30 seconds and release.

STEP 3: How to Stretch the Flexor Pollicis LongusTrigger Point # One

The Flexor Pollicis Longus is a flexor of the thumb, so to stretch it, we will be creating an opposing action. Place your forearm on a table with the palm facing down. Using two fingers, extend the thumb and try to pull it towards you slowly. You will feel the stretch. Hold for about 30 seconds, and release. Remember to stretch the other thumb as well.

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