COMPARISON OF THERAGUN AND MASSAGE BALL ON LATENT TRIGGER POINT OF ADDUCTOR POLLICIS AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTSAuthor(s): Syeda Areeba Fatima, Javeria Aslam, Masooma Gull, Anam Bint Irfan Akbar, Syed Naeem Abbas, Hafiz Abdul Rehman,Sufian Ahmed, Muhammad Saad Shafique
Abstract Background Trigger points are hyperirritable points that are tender to touch. Adductor pollicis is a muscle of thenar eminence. Muscle action is to help in gripping and holding things. Medical students are involved in prolonged writing sessions during exams so that latent trigger point of adductor pollicis is commonly present in them. Treating trigger points with massage ball and theragun, to compare the effectiveness of theragun and massage ball. Objectives To compare the effectiveness of theragun and massage ball in the treatment of latent trigger points in adductor pollicis muscle. Material and Methods Theragun, massage ball, algometer, table, and visual analog scale were used for the research. Subjects were divided into two groups by a simple random sampling technique. Half of them were treated with massage balls and the other half with theragun. Group A was treated with theragun, two treatment sessions of 1 minute were given to the subjects with a resting interval of 30 seconds. Group B was treated with a massage ball they were asked to roll the massage ball under the trigger point and bear the pain up to 7 scores of VAS. The comparative effectiveness of both treatments was assessed by a pain pressure algometer. Results The latent trigger point of adductor pollicis was painful when treated with theragun or massage ball. Statistically, there was no significant difference between these two treatment methods. During the pretest mean pressure-bearing capacity of a male was 30.23 ± 3.219lbs and female was 29.47 ± 2.065lbs the difference was not statistically significant (p-value 0.423) Conclusion Our findings demonstrate that a theragun and massage ball is equally advantageous in the treatment of latent trigger point of the adductor pollicis muscle of thenar eminence.