Trigger Finger AKA Duputryen’s Contracture
Dupuytren’s contracture or trigger finger is a condition that causes one or more fingers to bend into the palm of the hand. It can affect one or both hands, and sometimes affect the thumb.
The condition is caused by a thickening of the fascia in the palm which can create nodules, and then cords of tissue which cause fingers or thumbs to bend in towards the palm. These contractures are often mild and painless, but are often a nuisance as they can get steadily worse over time.
Medically the reasons for trigger are not known although it is though to be genetic and can run in families. Medical approaches to trigger finger include radiation therapy, collagen injections and, in more severe cases, surgery to cut the restricted tissue.
Myofascial Release for Trigger Finger
Myofascial release for clients with trigger finger involves work on the muscles and soft tissues of the palm, fingers, thumb and forearm, and also the neck and shoulder area. By working on the palm in particular it is possible to break down the nodules and cords of tissue that are causing the problem.