Adductor Pollicis and Thumb Pain
The Adductor Pollicis is key cause for inner thumb pain and often plagues massage therapists the most. However it is important to note that it pain pattern overlaps with other muscles.
That is why using our app Painalog can help you identify the exact combination of muscles that are the cause of your pain.
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 Adductor Pollicis then read on to learn how to locate, self release and stretch the muscle.
STEP 1: How to Locate the Adductor Pollicis Trigger Point #One
The Adductor Pollicis is a muscle in the palm and it helps bring the thumb closer to the rest of the fingers in the same plane. Place a light hand just below the thumb and bring the thumb closer to the fingers. You will feel a muscle moving; this is the Adductor Pollicis.
STEP 2: How to Self-Release the Adductor Pollicis Trigger Point # One
Self-releasing the Adductor Pollicis is simple. Locate the muscle and place the pads of the thumb over it, while also supporting it with your other fingers on the back of the hand. Now press into it. You may want to use two fingers to apply pressure over the muscle, using the leverage to better squeeze the trigger point. You can also use a small ball to the same effect and add pressure with your free hand. Hold for about 30 seconds and release.
STEP 3: How to Stretch the Adductor PollicisTrigger Point # One
Stretching the Adductor Pollicis is simple. We will be doing the opposite of its function, which is to bring the thumb closer to the fingers. Place your hand on a table with the palm facing down and hold onto the thumb with your other hand. Slowly pull the thumb away from the midline. Hold for 30 seconds and release, remembering to stretch both digits.