What is Neural Manipulation?

Your nervous system is not a network on individual nerves. It is one continuous system from the tip of your head to the bottom of your feet. When a nerve or nervous system tissue functions properly it is able to move freely within the surrounding structures. This promotes optimal nerve conductivity and nervous system responsiveness.  The nerves are so dependent on glide over stretch that they can't stretch to more than 15% their resting length without failing. The good news is, your body won't let that happen under its own power.  Instead, it will twist, compress and contort the other tissue around the nerve in order to protect it. This adaptation is essential but comes at a price. The price you pain is loss of movement, strength and postural adaptations. Another way to say it is, a healthy nervous system is one with options. The compensations have reduced the number of options you have to move and carry yourself. This often leads to repetitive stress injuries which can be anywhere in the body.  

Neural Manipulation is a gentle, targeted treatment of the nerves and nervous tissues including cranial bones and membranes that helps your body restore normal nerve conduction, intraneural blood supply, and local and systemic responsiveness.  The result is improvements in strength, coordination, mobility and posture. This unloads the strained tissue and eases pain as a result. 

This video illustrates a personal experience with Neural Manipulation. The movement in this video is called Finklestein's Test. It is typically done to diagnose De Quervain's Tenosynovitis. This is a condition that involves inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. I learned this test in PT school. Although I had no pain with it, I also had NO motion. I would wrap my thumb into my hand and no matter how hard I tried it would not move. Over the years I have tried various things to  improve my motion: joint mobilization, stretching, myofascial release with and without tools. Nothing made any difference. 

While training in Neural Manipulation for the peripheral nervous system, I found I had a restriction in my Radial Nerve at my shoulder and at my elbow. After this was released, I could move my wrist. The treatment was painless and remote to the restriction. Though I never had wrist pain I did have some difficulty in my R elbow and tricep at times and intermittent neck problems. With the nerve released I can feel the mobility restored in my whole arm and neck. 

I train in and practice these modalities because they work in ways that other things have not. If you have a history of any of the conditions below and you're frustrated that traditional treatments haven't produced results, Neural Manipulation just might be the key to unlock your body and help it find the path to healing. 

Neural Manipulation is an effective therapeutic treatment for many conditions including:  

  • Lower back pain and sciatica

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Joint pain

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Post-0perative scar tissue pain

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Neuralgia and Neuritis

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Dizziness

  • Difficulty with vision such as double vision (when other causes have been ruled out)

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