Nerve sliding and nerve movement techniques
These are gentle “hands on” and self mobilisation techniques to move nerves in order to improve the health of the nervous system. Mechanical and pathophysiological changes within the nervous system can result in pain and lead to deterioration of general body function and activity. A condition where nerve mobilisations may be used is, for example, a computer operator who develops tingling or numbness in the right arm after prolonged sitting at a computer. Here the patient’s complaint tells us that the nerve has been affected and needs treatment. Mobilisations to the nerve can reduce numbness and pain. Once symptoms have improved treatment is progressed to include general activities, exercise and advice so that the patient can return to their job.