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Release of the Adductor Pollicis

November 16, 2009

Private Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems UPPER LIMB Seminar in Ottawa Ontario —  Attendee Dr. Geoff Outerbridge demonstrates an effective way to release the Adductor Pollicis muscle

ANATOMY REVIEW: The Adductor Pollicis


          Oblique head – off the tubercle of the trapezium and body of the capitate, as well as the base of the 3rd    metacarpal

          Transverse head – off the anterior surface of the body of the 3rd metacarpal

To:  medial side of the base of the proximal phalanx of the thumb

Innervation:  deep branch of the ulnar nerve (C8, T1)

Action:  adducts thumb towards middle digit.

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