Here at Langford Sports & Physical Therapy, we are always working to keep up with new research, learn new treatment and examination techniques, and improve our ability to help our patients with a variety of problems or pain-generators. One of the ways we do this is by attending continuing education courses, and then bringing that information back and sharing it with each other. Genevieve Richter, PT, DPT recently participated in her 5th Neural Manipulation course taught by Mark Bookhout, PT, MS, FAAOMPT.
Genevieve describes neural manipulation as a way of “accessing the nerves and learning how to gently mobilize them through access points of soft tissue.” She says that this course really helped her reinforce her anatomic knowledge of the upper body, and allowed her to practice feeling and moving nerve tissue in order to affect it in a beneficial way. She says, “This work is gentle work that is very specific to entrapped nerves and can help with chronic conditions like headaches, shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain.”
All pain, in all parts of the body, have a neural component (that’s how our brains perceive pain–the nerves in the body send messages to the brain with information about stretch, pressure, heat/cold, or tissue damage or inflammation). Thus, if we can target these nerves, we can add another component to our treatment for your [insert body part here] pain. Your physical therapist should work to incorporate all components of your pain or injury into your plan of treatment in order to make the biggest improvement in the shortest amount of time. Neural manipulation is one of several ways of getting to nerve tissue in order to reduce pain, improve muscle function, and even joint range of motion. Thus it is, as Genevieve states, “a good tool to have for chronic conditions, and helps treat underlying issues/restrictions that may not otherwise be seen.” She said that while she was at the course, she used some of these techniques to help reduce some finger pain she’s been dealing with, so that’s awesome!
If you are struggling with nerve pain, headaches, or any body pain, you may benefit from a neural manipulation treatment as part of your physical therapy with Genevieve here at Langford Sports & Physical Therapy. Call and schedule an appointment, or check out our website to make an appointment with Genevieve and see what else she can add to your current treatment approach!