Everyone is aware of the importance of joints to move freely, and muscles to move freely and stretch. But nerve tissue also needs to move freely and unimpeded. If your nerve tissue is stuck in some way from moving, many different feelings of pain, numbness, tingling, or pins and needles can happen as well as joints becoming stiff and muscle tight. Neural Mobilization is a type of manual therapy that first, locates where nerves are tight, stuck, or compressed throughout the body, and second treats the problem nerves with correct manual pressure to release the nerve and surrounding tissue.
The most common areas of nerve compression are the median nerve in the wrist called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and the sciatic nerve in the buttock area called sciatica. Some other common disorders are
- Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
- Headaches & Migraines
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Joint Pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
- Swallowing Dysfunctions
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Whiplash Injuries
- Birth Injuries
- Neuralgia & Neuritis
- Sprains & Traumatic Lesions
- Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Tethered Cord
- Developmental delay
- Sensory Integration Disorders
- And More
Neural Mobilization Techniques and Neural Tissue Tension Techniques (NTT) examine the relationship of a nerve either in the body or spine to the structures around it including bones, connective tissue, muscles, organs, blood vessels, joints, tendons, and ligaments. It then frees these restrictions. It addresses the central nervous system inside the spine to also clear restrictions and allows the stretch to the nervous system.
Neural Mobilization and Neural Tissue tension (NTT) will assess nerves in the arms and legs that are restricted leading to symptoms and create freedom These techniques will both address the local restriction as well as the effect those local fixations have on the rest of the body, therefore, relieving more global patterns of pain, injury, dysfunction, and disability. Also, facilitate nerve conductivity and local/systemic responsiveness
A nerve only functions correctly when it is able to move freely within its surrounding structures and then be able to elongate in itself. It is vital for a nerve to have this freedom to adapt to mechanical loads, elongation, sliding, compression, and cross-sectional change allowing us to do what we need to do every day.