Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Nerve Gliding, Sliding or Flossing

Nerve Gliding, sliding or flossing is the process of moving an entrapped nerve through the surrounding soft tissue. The first reference that I came across (in the medical literature) was from a 1950's French medical book, which in turn referenced other journals from the 1920's. One of the best procedures using the concept of nerve sliding is taught by Active Release Techniques. Other nerve mobilization techniques include : Real Body, David Butler.

These techniques can achieve quite amazing results in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and a wide variety of other peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes.

The results from nerve flossing are even better when combined with nerve flossing exercises. Our future blogs will provide links to specific nerve gliding exercises on YouTube.

Active Release & Nerve Flossing

Peripheral Long Tract Nerve Release

One of the most significant advances in treating nerve entrapment is a new course in Active Release Techniques® (ART) called “Peripheral Long Tract Nerve Release” In contrast to the basic ART procedures, the primary focus of this new technique is to move the nerve through the tissue. In these procedures, the practitioner tensions the soft tissue structure involved, and then performs procedures that enable the nerve to be pulled though the soft-tissue structure, thereby releasing the nerve from surrounding adhesions

"This is an entirely new system that actually moves the nerve through the tissues proximally and distally to the maximum extent possible by moving every joint and body part that the nerve crosses.

Registration for this course includes a 61 page study manual and 1 instructional DVD. Please allow 3-6 business days for shipment. Peripheral Long Tract Nerve Release

Nerve Gliding Exercise Research

The Excursion of the Median Nerve during Nerve Gliding Exercise: An Observation with High-resolution Ultrasonography
Efficacy of Wrist/Hand Splints and Tendon/Nerve Gliding Exercises for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A RCT
Can we use nerve gliding exercises in women with carpal tunnel syndrome?
Different nerve-gliding exercises induce different magnitudes of median nerve longitudinal excursion
Nerve and tendon gliding exercises
Different Nerve-Gliding Exercises Induce Different Magnitudes of Median Nerve Longitudinal Excursion
Longitudinal sliding of the median nerve in patients with non-specific arm pain
Do ‘sliders’ slide and ‘tensioners’ tension? An analysis of neurodynamic techniques and considerations regarding their application
Neural Mobilization: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials with an Analysis of Therapeutic Eficacy

Web Site Links

Two Ways To Floss The Sciatic Nerve
Neurodynamic Mobilization Kit
Nerve Mobilization
Sciatic Pain Relief
Nerve Gliding Exercises
Functional soft-tissue examination and treatment by manual methods
Lippincott's Primary Care Orthopaedics
Neural Mobilization - Connective Tissue Technique and Stretching Procedures for Lumbar Spine
McKenzie, Decompression and Nerve Glide/Nerve Tensioning


Nerve Flossing and Stretching for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Nerve Mobilization for the Arm by Real Bodywork
Nerve Flossing - Sciatic Nerve

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