A Technique for the Forearms

June 24, 2011 No Comments

Simply put, the forearms are over used and rarely given any attention.   What I’m doing  right now as I type is using my hand and finger flexors and extensors.  When I massage I’m using my hand and finger flexors and extensors.  When I drive and grab the steering wheel, I use my hand and finger flexors.  When I…well…I think you get my point.

People use these muscles all the time.  The importance of massaging these muscles is vital to keeping the arms and hands healthy, freeing up any restrictions that every day life brings to the forearms.  Keep this in mind when you work on a client who sits at a desk six to eight hours a day.

What I’m going to show you below is an active movement technique.  It’s simple and effective.  I’ll show you how to do it on the hand and finger extensors, but not on the hand and finger flexors.  Why?  To work on the flexors all you need to do is this same exact technique on the other side of the forearm and I don’t want to repeat myself.

Also, images of the technique are under the step by step instructions.

Open and Closed Fist Technique

Hand and Finger Extensors

This is a unique technique that works very well.  It can reduce and eliminate acute and chronic trigger points, fascial restrictions, nerve impingements, and forearm and wrist limitations.

  • 1. Client is in a supine position as therapist stands on the same side of the targeted muscle.  This example is on the client’s left hand and finger extensors.
  • 2. The therapist warms up the client’s posterior forearm for two minutes by performing soft effleurage (figure 1-1).
  • 3. With the therapist’s right hand, he/she makes a soft fist where fingers rest on the base of the therapist’s palm (figure 1-2), unlike the fingers on a real fist where the fingers would be tucked tightly against the middle crease of the palm.
  • 4. The therapist places his fist against the client’s posterior wrist and asks the client to open and close his/her fist in a rhythmic fashion.
  • 5. The therapist slowly strips (effleurage) the client’s posterior forearm with moderate pressure as the client continues to open and close his/her own fist (figure 1-3A and 1-3B).
  • 6. Repeat steps 4 and 5, five to seven times, going deeper in pressure each time.  The therapist never exceeds client’s tolerance level.


Figure 1-1

Figure 1-2

Figure 1-3A

Figure 1-3B


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