What are Neurodynamic Techniques?
Neurodynamic techniques are exercises similar to muscle stretches which are used to alter the length of peripheral nerves. Neurodynamic techniques are classified as either slides or tensioners, which involve a glide back and forth of the nerve or constant tension respectively. These exercises look a lot like a stretch, however the clinician will choose an exercise which places stress on peripheral (limb) nerves which provide our muscles with the impulses to contract and gives us the sense of touch.
How do Neurodynamic Techniques Work?
Our nervous system is connected from our brain and spinal cord to our peripheral nerves all the way out to our hands and feet. Often our nerves can become adhered to their surrounding environment which can limit joint range of motion, produce pain, and cause neurological symptoms such as tingling, numbness and pins and needles. Neurodynamic techniques involve positioning the body to tension or slide the nerves against its surrounding tissues. This can improve nervous mobility and reduce symptoms of pain and neurological symptoms.
What Injuries are Neurodynamic Techniques used for?
There is potentially a neurodynamic element to a large number of conditions and injuries, it is not uncommon for neurodynamic symptoms to emerge secondary to other conditions. They are however, commonly used in back pain, neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome or similar peripheral nerve impingement conditions.