STEP 1: How to Locate the First Dorsal Interosseous Trigger Point #One
The First Dorsal Interosseus is a muscle present between the thumb and index finger. An easy way to locate it is by bringing the thumb close to the index finger. You will see a small bulge between the thumb and index finger. This is the First Dorsal Interosseus. This muscle’s trigger point develops over this region. A word of caution, please DO NOT press over the trigger point if you are pregnant. This is a very important point in Chinese medicine and it is believed to be a type of ‘reset button’ that may induce a miscarriage. Please avoid any manipulation to this muscle if you are pregnant, and consult your doctor before attempting to locate it if the pain becomes unbearable.
STEP 2: How to Self-Release the First Dorsal Interosseous Trigger Point # One
To self-release the First Dorsal Interosseous, you will need only your fingers. Locate the trigger point between the thumb and the finger on the back of your hand. Squeeze the bulge between the index and thumb using the fingers of your other hand, balancing the thumb for support. Use the pads of your thumb or fingers, rather than the tips, to apply pressure gently and directly over the area. Hold for about 30 seconds to a minute and release. Please DO NOT attempt this if you are pregnant. This spot is believed to be the reset point of your entire system. In Chinese schools of medicine, it has been claimed to even cause miscarriages. Please consult a medical practitioner if you are unsure.
STEP 3: How to Stretch the First Dorsal InterosseousTrigger Point # One
The First Dorsal Interosseus helps bring the thumb closer to the index finger. To stretch it, we will be doing the opposite movement. Place your forearm and palm firmly on the table and pull the thumb away from the fingers slowly. This stretches the First Dorsal Interosseous. Hold for about 30 seconds and release. Remember to stretch the other side as well.