Wingull wrote:What muscles besides the Opponens Pollicis are typical trouble spots for massage therapists, and what are some techniques for eradicating trigger points in them? I'm especially interested in techniques that a massage therapist could use on themself.
Maybe we can last longer by preemptively eradicating troubles before they arise. What are some areas you've had trouble with in your practice? These are areas the rest of us should be careful to watch...
FWIW, I have no problems at all
with my Opponens Pollicis. I've been in practice over 15 years.
When I hear people complaining of thumb issues, it is usually because they have bad body mechanics or are not using their feet/ankles/legs for leverage. Many times they are also running their thumbs across the tissue instead of moving into the tissue with their thumb and working their area via strength and movement from the wrist/arm/hand. When you just circle the thumb at the saddle joint, you can do a lot of damage.
I think much of the problems MT's tend to have are based on prior and current lifestyle habits as well as prior injuries.
The better shape you are in the less likely you are to have issues.
However, if I were to pick my trouble spots from being an MT, I would say they center around occasional right knee issues (maybe once every few years it will be bothersome for a week or so
) as this is the leg I use to push from more regularly than the left. Occasional forearm issues, due to general work and not taking care of myself (at a rate of once every year or so, for a week until I get someone to strip it out again
). And, regular neck issues, very specifically due to a number of motor vehicle accidents (MVA's
) when I was younger... the main one stemming from when I was about age 14.
If I would get serious about loosing 20 lbs. I would probably be spry as a spring chick!