“Neural” refers to the nervous system of the body, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. This delicate system acts as a communication highway throughout the body, and when it is not operating properly, pain and loss of function can result. Neural Manipulation, or NM, identifies local nerve restrictions and fixations (sometimes due to scar tissue) while examining the effects on the rest of the body. The application of the gentle NM techniques re-establishes communication in the body and improves its ability to adapt and restore itself to optimal health.
How Many Sessions Does it Take?
As each person’s situation is different, the number of visits will vary. Many people experience significant improvement within three to five therapy sessions; others may require additional treatment. You and your practitioner will develop a plan based on your needs and how your body responds to treatment.
What does it Feel Like?
NM is a gentle, hands-on manual therapy. Underneath the pain or diagnosis is a compensatory pattern created in the body with the initial source of the dysfunction often being far from where the pain is felt. Because of this, the practitioner searches for this pattern and the source, and treats the related tissues. The treatment is comprised of precise gentle engagement, mobilization, and elongation of the soft tissues, and more specifically, the nerves. As the source of a problem is released, symptoms will start to decrease. Reaction and response time can vary with each Neural Manipulation treatment.
What is Nerve Fixation?
In the body, a nerve functions correctly only when it can move freely within its surroundings. Nerves can become “fixed”, or dysfunctional, due to many reasons: physical trauma, surgeries, sedentary lifestyle, infections, pollution, bad diet, poor posture, and pregnancy/delivery. When “fixed”, a nerve cannot glide and/or stretch as we move our body, causing sensitivity, and/or pain.
Optimal health relies on a harmonious relationship between the different systems of the body – such as the nerves/nervous system, organs and their support tissues, and other structures. When nerve fixation occurs in one location, the body is forced to compensate elsewhere. This disharmony creates wider spread restriction, abnormal points of tension, and chronic irritation that over time can add up to functional and structural problems – musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urinary, respiratory, and digestive, to name a few.
NM providers identify specific nerve fixations and their global impacts on the body. Through application of the gentle and specific NM techniques, the patient’s body becomes less bound by dysfunctional patterns allowing it to achieve a better state of optimal health.
Neural Manipulation Benefits:
- Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
- Headaches & Migraines
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Joint Pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
- Swallowing Dysfunctions
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Whiplash Injuries
- Birth Injuries
- Neuralgia & Neuritis
- Sprains & Traumatic Lesions
Information Provided by the Barral Institute