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Pronator Teres Muscle Pain Pattern
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : October 12, 2017


Pronator Teres Muscle Pain Pattern

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain may be mimicked by pressure on the Median Nerve somewhere else along its pathway.

In the forearm, the median nerve passes through the Pronator Teres muscle before it reaches the carpal tunnel itself. It ultimately enervates the tissues of the first three digits of the hand.

The Pronator Teres turns the forearm/hand palm downward and flexes the forearm at the elbow. The humoral head of the muscle originates at the medial epicondyle of the humerus. The ulnar head originates at the medial side of coronoid process of the ulna. Both aspects of the muscle insert at the lateral surface of the radius.

Massage may improve general symptoms mimicking Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if the Pronator Teres muscle compresses the Median Nerve:

• Pain, numbness, paresthesia in forearm, wrist, or palm
• Difficulty gripping objects
• More pain with more repetitive use of the hand

When working with clients complaining of sore forearms, wrists and hands I am certain to massage the Pronator Teres muscle along with the forearm flexor muscles, with particular attention given to possible trigger points.

It’s great to see the worry dissipate in clients who have been living with this kind of pain for an extended time and thought they were headed to the operating room. It’s quite satisfying to hear that pain has eased up as a result of massage along the Median Nerve pathway.