Most nerve treatment starts with identifying where the nerve issue is coming from. Nerve problems usually stem from nerve entrapment, which is the trapping or pinching of nerves. Nerves are meant to slide and stretch within the soft tissues that surround them. When a nerve becomes trapped or pinched, inflammation or conditions in the soft tissues cause the nerve to lose its ability to slide smoothly. NERVE ENTRAPMENT SYMPTOMS There are a number of symptoms associated with nerve entrapment. Nerves that are entrapped can cause pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and even loss of muscle function. Icing and anti-inflammatory medications can help to alleviate some of these symptoms, but there are many non-surgical nerve treatments that can more effectively relieve nerve pain and eliminate the underlying cause. NERVE FLOSSING/MOBILIZATION Nerve mobilization- is a broad term that covers the assessing of nerve irritation and beginning of nerve treatment. Nerve mobilization involves using neural tension tests to determine where the nerve is irritated. Sensitizing movements are also used to determine which branches of nerves are affected and where the most significant irritation on that branch occurs. This can help chiropractors to understand what may be causing the nerve entrapment and where to begin nerve treatment.
Nerve flossing- is the use of exercises and certain techniques to restore fluid sliding and stretching of the nerves within surrounding soft tissues. Nerve flossing uses specific movements while muscles are being stretched to encourage nerves and soft tissues to function without snags or pinching. Chiropractors first demonstrate the proper technique of nerve flossing exercises to assure that the patient knows the correct way to perform the movements as home exercises. A chiropractor can also help assist in nerve flossing techniques that are difficult or even impossible to do alone. Nerve flossing on your own can then be prescribed to help stay on a structured treatment regimen.
BENEFITS OF NERVE FLOSSING AND MOBILIZATION You can see many benefits from nerve flossing: you can experience decreased pain around the once irritated nerve; you may also notice the gaining of strength and full range of motion in the affected area; you can also experience restoration of feeling and sensation in the treated area. After nerve treatment, you can get back to doing the activities you enjoy with less pain and more ability.