Resolving Pain with Nerve Flossing Exercises
By: Dr. Evangelos Mylonas DC.
What is Nerve Flossing?
Nerve flossing exercises (combined with other protocols) can help you to resolve chronic painful conditions that have not responded to conventional therapy.
Over the past few months, I have had patients suffering from a variety of conditions such as chronic shoulder pain and sciatic pain – perform nerve flossing exercises as part of their prescribed home exercise routines. In a short period of time, I have seen some amazing results. In most cases, I have found that patients are healing faster and are able to return to work and play sports sooner, as well as enjoying an overall better quality of life.
About Nerve Entrapments
Most patients think of nerves as individual structures that work to relay information back and forth from our brain and spinal cord, to all of our muscles, joints, organs, and soft-tissue structures. However, most people do not realize that our nerves are continuous with our spinal cord and brain.
Every movement we make requires our nerves to glide through their surrounding soft-tissues, to stretch slightly, and to remain under constant tension throughout our daily activities. When a nerve becomes “trapped” or “pinched” within its surrounding soft-tissues, we refer to this as a nerve entrapment or entrapment neuropathy.
What are the symptoms of nerve entrapment?
Entrapped nerves typically manifest with: pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness along the path of the affected nerve.
Nerve entrapments can occur under a variety of circumstances. Some of these nerve entrapments are mechanical in nature due to compressive forces, while others are due to irritation of a nerve from repetitive actions, or from the pressures caused by the inflammation of its surrounding soft-tissues.
Using Nerve Flossing Exercises
Nerve Flossing refers to exercises and/or techniques that help to restore motion between a nerve and its surrounding soft-tissues. We cannot over-emphasize the importance of these exercises in the rehabilitation and resolution of nerve entrapment syndromes. These exercises play an integral role in nerve recovery.
At Kinetic Health we prescribe a number of nerve flossing exercises as part of our integrated treatment approach to help resolve a patient’s condition. To assist our patients, we have prepared a number of nerve flossing videos for use with the assigned home exercise routines.
Visit our website at www.kinetichealth.ca for more information.
For more information, watch our video about “Nerve Flossing”.
Watch These Videos:
- YouTube Video: Play List of Ulnar Nerve Exercises