Neural Tension

Neural Tension


If you ever experience numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, then you might have neural tension.



Neural tension is a frequent problem in many athletes. Neural tension can come about by a nerve becoming entrapped either by poor biomechanics, inflammation, osteophyte formation over a bony prominence, or by scar tissue formation.


A nerve glide aims to “floss” the nerve through whatever is entrapping it in a specific area. These exercises are meant to put a nerve through a series of positions that can elongate/stretch it, similar to pulling a shoe string through your shoe.


While these are most effective when paired with proper corrective exercises, nerve glides are often used when athletes complain of prolonged burning, numbness, or tingling, in a specific distribution pattern through an extremity. 


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