Monday, May 24, 2010

Massaging Trigger Points in Your Hand

Trigger points are tender points in your muscles where you will find palpable nodules in tight muscle fibres. These are areas where blood flow has decreased, lactic acid has built up, and muscles have tightened up to form “knots” or “nodules” of tissue.

There are two types of trigger points - Active and Latent. When you compress an Active Trigger Point, it will refer pain to other areas of your body. Compression of a Latent Trigger Point will only cause pain at the point of compression, but will not refer pain. Trigger point massage focuses upon releasing the tightness in these hyper-irritable spots. The following is an example of how you can use a golf ball to release these trigger points.

This area contains three major muscles: abductor pollicis brevis, flexor pollicis brevis, and the opponens pollicis. These muscles play an important role in any gripping action that is performed by your thumb.

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