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Abductor Digiti Minimi Hand Muscle Anatomy

Abductor Digiti Minimi Hand Muscle Anatomy Study

Abductor Digiti Minimi Hand Muscle AnatomyOrigin: Volar surface of the pisiform, the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris, and the pisohamate ligament
Insertion: Medial aspect of the base of the proximal phalanx of the fifth digit and, occasionally, a slip to the ulnar side of the extensor apparatus of the fifth digit
Action:  Abduction of the fifth digit
Blood Suppy: Deep palmar branches of the radial artery
Innervation: Ulnar nerve (C8, T1)

Synergist:  Flexor Digiti Minimi, Palmaris Brevis, Opponens Digiti Minimi

Antagonist: Abductor Pollicis Brevis, Flexor Pollicis Brevis,  Adductor Pollicis, Opponens Pollicis

For pain and symptom information see: Abductor Digiti Minimi Pain and Symptoms




Primary Actions of the Abductor Digiti Minimi:

1. Abduction of the fifth digit at the metacarpophalangeal joint

  • Agonists: Extensor digitorum
  • Antagonists: Third dorsal interosseous

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Out of the scores of books in my office Basic Clinical Massage Therapy is by far the most referenced book in my library. The musculoskeletal system is overlaid on human models allowing you to learn the precise location, origin and insertions of each muscle. The models are pictured in various poses throughout the book which also helps you visualize muscles in motion and their actions relationship with the skeletal structure and other muscles. Though it is written for massage therapists, it is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn about the muscular system. MT’s will benefit from recommended treatments for each muscle.



The Anatomy Coloring Book is one of the best study and reference books for beginning anatomy students. The diagrams are clearly labeled and allow you to see the relationship and placement of the various structures of the body. You will also be surprised how the act of coloring will help with recall. But this is not just a beginners book, it is also great for practitioners and therapists to have on hand to use with clients and patients to use as a visual reference.



The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook – Claire Davies, Amber Davies, and David G. Simons

Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment – James H. Clay and David M. Pounds

Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain – Donna Finando and Steven Finando

Massage Therapy Principles and Practice – Susan Salvo

Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage – Mark Beck