STEP 1: How to Locate the Brachialis Trigger Point #One
The Brachialis is a muscle that connects the forearm to the upper arm. It helps in flexion at the elbow joint, and is a very commonly strained muscle usually bearing a referred pain pattern radiating to the thumb. It is a deep muscle and slightly difficult to find due its location below the bicep. The only way to reach it is by pushing the bicep out of the way as shown in the proceeding self-release video.
STEP 2: How to Self-Release the Brachialis Trigger Point # One
To self-release the Brachialis, you must first move the bicep out of the way. To do this, use your hand to grip the bicep of your affected arm. Your thumb should be placed just below the outer border of the bicep, while the other fingers rest on the inside of the upper arm. Use the pads of the thumb to apply adequate pressure. Hold for about 30 seconds and release.To self-release the Brachialis from the inner side, place your thumb on the inside of your arm, keeping your finger on the outside of your bicep. Push the bicep away with your thumb and press down on the Brachialis. Hold for 30 seconds and release.Yet another way of self-releasing the Brachialis is to use a ball and a table top. Sit near the table such that the table surface level with your armpit. Again, the Brachialis can be worked on from either the inner or outer side. To work from the outer side, turn away so your back is facing the table, stretching your hand backward with your palm facing up. Locate the border of the Bicep and place the ball just below this region. Apply pressure. Hold for about 30 seconds and release. To work from the inner side, turn so the table is to your side. Stretch your arm out and rest it on the table with the palm facing upward as much as possible. Locate the inner border of the Bicep and place the ball just below it. Hold for about 30 seconds and release.
STEP 3: How to Stretch the BrachialisTrigger Point # One
To stretch the Brachialis muscle you will need a table. The best way to stretch the Brachialis is to keep the palm outward and facing up, pulling the palm down with the other hand so your fingers point down and the palm faces away from the body. Hold for about 30 seconds and release, remembering to stretch the other hand as well.For a deeper stretch, sit near a table, making sure the table top is level with your elbow. Turn away so your back faces the table and place your hand on the table top so your palm and elbow face up. Slowly turn your torso and head away from the arm. You should feel the stretch. Hold for about 30 seconds and release. Remember to work the other hand as well.