Neural Mobilization is a
way of thinking about the body that uses the nervous system as a
frame of reference. This is often helpful whenever one is
experiencing tingling, numbness and other "nervey" sensations.
elasticity and irritability of the nerves and spinal cord are used
to guide treatment and home care decisions.
Neural tension tests
are used to physically assess nerves. There are conventional tests
like the straight leg raise that are often used to identify when a
nerve is irritated.
Movements Identify Where Nerves are Compressed +/or Irritated
What is unique
to Nerve Mobilization are the sensitizing movements that are used to
identify which branches of a nerve are affected as well as where
they are most compromised. This approach has been explored most
fully by David Butler, PT. For more information on David Butler's
approach go to the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute at
Neural Mobilization can be helpful for sciatic nerve pain, thoracic
outlet syndrome, tennis elbow and many other problems associated
with the spine and extremities. Patients may be able to do this at
home after proper instruction from the physical therapist.