July 12, 2021
The nerves are some of the most important parts of the body. Without them, the brain won’t have any information to process and it will be almost impossible for the body to function. In fact, some conditions including neck and shoulder pain are not caused by muscle strain, but neural tension. While it is often regarded as a less serious condition, it may lead to more complicated conditions if not diagnosed and treated properly.
Neural tension is a condition where peripheral nerves are not sliding and gliding properly through the tissues. Neural tension can be caused by repetitive movement, prolonged activity, applying too much pressure, muscle tension, and narrowing of joints. It is often diagnosed and treated by health professionals and physiotherapists using a range of neural mobilization and Neurodynamic techniques.
If left untreated, neural tension may lead to muscle weakness, reduced range of motion, numbness, burning sensations, and other medical conditions that may affect your quality of life. Since most of its symptoms are subtle, professionals often perform neural movement testing to know if the pain experienced by patients is caused by muscle/joint strain or neural tension. Using a series of painless tests, physiotherapists are able to determine if there are symptoms of muscle guarding or restrictions in movement. The tests also determine what techniques are more suitable to your current condition.
Neurodynamics is a term used to describe the communication between the different parts of the nervous system, as well as the relationship between the nervous system and the different parts of the musculoskeletal system. It is also the term used when referring to neural mobilization as a treatment to relieve pain.
In some cases, neurodynamics is used for neck and shoulder pain treatment, especially when the discomfort is caused by neural tension. Other professionals also use neural mobilization treatment first since other types of physiotherapy techniques are often ineffective if there is a blockage on the nerves.
Whether you’re suffering from neural tension or experiencing symptoms of sciatica, you may visit one of our clinics for a consultation or book an appointment with one of our therapists for physiotherapy for sciatica. Scandinavian Physiotherapy Center DMCC offers a range of treatment plans that are tailored to your needs.