Points Database

Location Guides:

: Luozhen : Fell off Pillow (expression for a stiff neck after sleeping)

Ex-UE-8 : Extra Upper Extremity 8

Classifications:
Trigger point (Travell & Simons, 1998, Trigger Point Manual)

Location:
On the dorsum of the hand, in the depression just proximal to the second and third metacarpo-phalangeal joints.

Needling:
Perpendicular or oblique insertion directed proximally 0.5 - 1 cun

TCM Actions:
Invigorates qi and blood in the neck region

TCM Indications:
  • Stiffness and pain of the neck, inability to turn the head, headache, pain of the shoulder and arm.
  • Pain of the epigastrium, diarrhoea, acute and chronic childhood fright wind.

    Neuroanatomy:
    Superficial Innervation: Superficial branch of radial nerve (C6 - C8)
    Dermatome Segment: C7

    Trigger Point Associations:
    Muscle: Second dorsal interosseous
    Myotome Innervation: Deep branch of the ulnar nerve (C8T1)
    Location Notes: Together with radial Yaotongxue. Trigger points for the other interossei may be found anywhere between the metacarpals
    Pain Referral Pattern: To radial side of middle finger
    Indications: Arthritic pain in the fingers ; Heberden's nodes

    Notes:
    Commonly used for acute pain and stiffness of the neck where the point is manipulated while the patient is asked to flex, extend and rotate the neck (Deadman et al, 2001).

    In Thai massage:
    Acupressure point indicated for gastrointestinal ailments, indigestion, stomach ache and shoulder pain/injury/arthritis (Salguero & Roylance, 2011, Encyclopedia of Thai Massage)



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