The wrist muscles and forearm muscles do so much more than give you strength in your arm and wrist. These muscles also play a part in helping you move your hand and fingers. There are 18 different muscles!
Here’s a preview of these muscles:
- Flexor pollicis longus: Helps you bend the tip of your thumb.
- Flexor digitorum profundus: Helps you bend your index, middle, ring and small fingers.
- Flexor digitorum superficialis: Helps you bend the middle joint of each finger, except for the thumb, which allows you to do things such as eating with chopsticks.
- Flexor carpi ulnaris: Helps you move your wrist away from the thumb, which is helpful in playing darts.
- Brachioradialis: Helps you twist your forearm so your palm is either facing up or down.
- Flexor carpi radialis: Helps you bend the wrist and move it toward the thumb.
- Palmaris longus: Helps you bend the wrist.
- Extensor pollicis brevis: Helps you straighten the thumb.