Massage & Bodywork

January/February 2013

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functional anatomy Palpating the Anatomical Snuffbox Positioning: client seated or supine with forearm neutral (thumb up). 1. assively ulnar deviate P (adduct) the wrist to create tension in the tissue. 2. ocate the radial styloid L process with your thumb and slide distally onto the tendons leading to the thumb. 3. esist as the client performs R thumb extension and abduction to ensure proper location. Client Homework— Snuff Box Stretch 1. Relax your arm and turn your hand so the knuckle of your thumb points up. 2. rap your fingers around your thumb. W 3. old your thumb tucked against your palm. H 4. ently bend your wrist toward your pinkie finger. G 5. eep your thumb tucked as you gently stretch the wrist. K Editor's note: The Client Homework element in Functional Anatomy is intended as a take-home resource for clients experiencing issues with the profiled muscle. The stretches identified in Functional Anatomy should not be performed within massage sessions or progressed by massage therapists, in order to comply with state laws and maintain scope of practice. Christy Cael is a licensed massage therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Her private practice focuses on injury treatment, biomechanical analysis, craniosacral therapy, and massage for clients with neurological issues. She is the author of Functional Anatomy: Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Palpation for Manual Therapists (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009). Contact her at 50 massage & bodywork january/february 2013

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