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The forearm contains about a dozen major muscles used to move the elbow, wrist, and fingers. Their attachments vary but for the most part consist of either side of the elbow, the wrist, and on the finger bones. These muscles work together to perform all the movements available to the forearm, hand, and fingers. Movements include straightening and bending the elbow, rotating the forearm, bending and straightening the wrist, widening and bring together the fingers, bending and straightening the fingers, and movements of the thumb.
Any repetitive and/or forceful movements done with the hands and elbow can perpetuate stress and trigger points in the forearm and hand muscles. Common movements that can generate such stresses include playing sports like tennis, golf, or racquet ball, using a handheld screwdriver, typing, walking a large dog on lease, washing walls, painting, gardening for long periods of time, playing frisbee, playing piano or guitar, knitting or crocheting, or just about any other take you can do repetitively or too forcefully.
Travell and Simons’ lists a great number of trigger point pain referral areas from these muscles. They are too numerous to list in detail here but most commonly are felt near their attachments near the elbow, wrist, and fingers.
The good news is that regular bodywork from a trained professional coupled with consistent at-home self stretching can help ease pain and/or tension in these muscles.