By Matt Blackburn.
In our bodies we have a central nervous system consisting of the brain its surrounding layers and the spinal cord and a peripheral nervous system that connects the brain to the arms and legs and organs.
The nervous system works together to connect the brain and spinal cord to the outside world and to sensory impulses. It consists of 12 cranial nerves passing from the base of the skull to the head and neck and 31 pairs of spinal nerves supplying the trunk legs and arms.
Nerves convey information from the brain to other structures and vice versa. If you feel pain it is because the nerves are reporting this info to the brain. Very slight interferences or compressions can affect blood flow in the nerves and the ability of nerves to carry information. This is important as the nerve is the connection between sensation and proprioception and the brain which in turn gives feedback to the body.
Neural Manipulation is a precise hands-on therapy used to identify and release local nerve restrictions, enabling them to move freely in their surroundings.
Areas are located where nerves are restricted and a little fibrosed or hard and where they do not have expansion way from the central body. Treatment aims to relieve tension inside the nerve and to help the nerve stop giving too much information and repeated stress to the brain.
Neural manipulation can improve a long term ankle injury for example by precisely releasing the nerve that supplies it that may trigger a self-correcting reaction throughout the body helping prevent the problem from recurring.
Treatment to the nerves can be either on a nerve itself or on its surrounding structures in order to free up its movement. To treat the nerves, very precise pressure and anatomical knowledge is required. Gentle elongation is also used when they are restricted with good response.
Conditions that may respond well to Neuro manipulation include:
- Lower back pain and sciatica
- Joint Pain and arthritis,
- Headaches, migraines and sinus pain.
- Face pain and neuralgia.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Sprains and strains tendonitis
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome