Stretches for the nerves

Nerves running down the leg are normally able to move 3 or 4 centimeters in and out of the spinal cord. Similarly for the nerves in the arms down to the hands.  Scar tissue resulting from inflammation can restrict the ability of the nerves to make these normal movements. (1)  Physiotherapists and other medical specialists teach patients to perform nerve glides, also called nerve flossing or nerve stretching, to un-stick the nerves, helping the mobilization of the peripheral nerves at the same time.

Drawing of outstretched arm illustrating the major nerves
Nerve Glides promote hand & feet mobility. 
Image Source: Henry VanDyke and Henry Gray

“Maintaining the health of the peripheral nervous system will pay big dividends.  Improved signal conduction to the muscles, increased sensory perception, and greater range of motion are just some of the benefits that are likely from regularly practicing nerve glides.”(2)

In a review of 11 clinical trials the reviewer concluded that there was some positive therapeutic benefit to nerve glides. (3)

To find how-to instructions on nerve glides, internet search for: nerve glides, nerve stretching, neural mobilization or nerve flossing.

 (1) Dr. James Haxton presentation to the Calgary Neuropathy Association. 
     November 2016.
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