Disclaimer: While the information on this web site has been helpful to many people, you should check with your medical doctor or other health care professional in deciding what is the best course of action to take for your situation. This information is designed to help you be a better partner in your care, and not as a do-it-yourself guide to diagnosing and/or treating your health care issue.

What Is Nerve Mobilization?

Nerve 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.

The length, elasticity and irritability of the nerves and spinal cord are used to guide treatment and home care decisions.

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How Nerves Cause Problems

The nervous system is a continuous organ that runs throughout the body, like the extensive roots of a tree. It includes the brain, spinal cord and the nerves that connect almost every structure of the body to the spinal cord.

It is a key information transmitting organ; whether the information is instructions to a muscle about when to contract, pain sensations from the body surface to many other information functions. It is commonly injured by compression, tension and friction or chafing on sharp or hard objects outside or inside the body.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel that it runs through in the front of the wrist.

The median nerve transmits sensations from the hand to the brain. It also controls muscle activity on the thumb side of the hand.

When the median nerve is compressed, there may be tingling or numbness in the thumb side of the hand. There may also be weakness and/or lack of coordination in the actions of the thumb and adjacent fingers.

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Piriformis Syndrome

In piriformis syndrome the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle as the nerve passes under or through the muscle. This can give rise to hip (gluteal) pain as well as tingling and numbness down the back of the leg, sometimes as far down as the foot!

Piriformis syndromes is often confused with sciatica originating in the spine. Piriformis syndrome can also complicate and worsen sciatica symptoms.

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Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, usually inside the spine. This causes pain, tingling, weakness and sometimes incoordination of the hip, back of the thigh, calf and foot.

There is often a spinal disc that has thinned or ruptured that gives rise to sciatica. Although surgery is sometimes needed, there is usually a lot of help that can be obtained from hands-on care, education about what movements to avoid, and specific core stabilization exercises.

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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the tibial nerve is compressed in the bony/ligamentous tunnel that it runs through on the inside of the ankle.

The tibial nerve sends sensory information from the heel and sole of the foot to up to the spinal cord and brain.

When the tibial nerve is compressed and/or inflamed in the tarsal tunnel then the person may feel aching, pressure, tingling and/or numbness in the heel and/or sole of the foot.

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Ulnar Nerve Compression Syndromes

The ulnar nerve is commonly compressed at the “funny bone” (not so funny!) and at the wrist. When it is affected there is usually tingling and numbness on the baby finger side of the palm and hand. Sometimes people have their grip strength and coordination affected.

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Find a Practitioner

Nerve mobilization training has been held in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Soon you will be able to access our practitioner directory. This section is coming soon!


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