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Technique:

  • Extend your arm straight outwards and bend it at a 90 degree angle
  • Point your fingers upwards and your thumb to one side
  • Pull your thumb down with your other hand

 

Primary muscles: Flexor pollicis longus. Flexor pollicis brevis.

Secondary muscles: Adductor pollicis. Opponens pollicis.

 

Injury where stretch may be useful: Tennis elbow. Golfer’s elbow. Thrower’s elbow. Wrist sprain. Wrist dislocation. Wrist tendonitis. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Ulnar tunnel syndrome.

Note: There are many small muscles, tendons and ligaments in the palm and thumb. Do not apply too much force too quickly.

 

 

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