Digital and thumb kneading

Small circular movements are performed over small areas or small muscles using the pad of the thumb or the pads on the palmar surface of the first, second and third fingers. Again, the pressure must be applied in an upward direction, on half the circle, and then eased as the fingers come round and down. These digital movements are useful over the upper and middle fibres of the trapezius muscle, over the flexors and extensors of the forearm, down the erector spinae, around the colon, and over the pectoral muscles. Thumb movements are useful around the patella, over the anterior tibials, over the dorsum and sole of the foot, over the palmar and dorsal surface of the hand, and around the sacrum.

Figure 5.3

Figure 5.3

(a) digital kneading

(b) thumb kneading.

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