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Nerve Gliding Technique

Nerve gliding techniques (also known as neural flossing or nerve stretching) are the maneuver or exercises that aim to restore mobility and function of the peripheral nerves. When a nerve is entrapped or injured, it won’t be able to glide normally through the surrounding sheath which can cause a sharp pain. Nerve gliding techniques aim to mobilize the nerve along its sheath from its source at the spinal cord to its endpoint in the hands or feet. These techniques will release the mechanical restriction from scarring or adhesions, improve the nutrition at the nerve, remove the inflammatory chemicals from around nerves and normalize the pressure in injured nerves.

Nerve Gliding Technique

The common causes of nerve entrapment are:

  • Bone fracture or joint dislocation
  • Scar tissue and/or myofascial tension
  • Post surgery complications
  • Compression
  • Arthritis
  • Swelling or edema
  • Cysts
  • Repetitive or prolonged activities that require repetitive movements
  • Systemic conditions such as diabetes

Inflammation or adhesions anywhere along the nerve path can cause the nerve to have limited mobility and essentially get stuck in one place. This condition can be disabling with signs and symptoms of:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling or “electric shock” feeling
  • Localized or radiating pain in your lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet
  • Impaired movement of affected body part;
  • Muscle weakness and/or wasting
  • Dry skin

The most common types of nerve entrapments include:

  • Sciatica nerve that starts in the low back and travels down the legs into the foot
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) (median nerve)
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve)
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)
  • Suprascapular nerve of shoulder
  • Obturator nerve of the groin area
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome (posterior tibial nerve)
  • Piriformis syndrome