Neural Manipulation (NM) enhances proper functioning of the nervous system – one of the communication highways throughout the body.
Neural Manipulation was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. Comparative studies found Neural Manipulation beneficial for various disorders such as:
- Headaches & Migraines
- Sprains & Traumatic Lesions
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
- Joint Pain
- Birth Injuries
- Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Whiplash Injuries
- Swallowing Dysfunctions
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
- Neuralgia & Neuritis
- Digestive Disorders
Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium/spine hard frame to the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focused on with musculoskeletal symptoms. Neural Manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and by accessing this relationship, resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns.
A nerve only functions correctly when it is able to move feely within its surrounding structures. The modality of Neural Manipulation facilitates nerve conductivity and intraneural blood supply for local and systemic responsiveness. By understanding the detailed anatomy of the neural manipulation, one can clearly see the potential for pathological change when nerves are restricted.
Manual Therapy, as it applies to the treatment of nerves, follows the standard principles of mobility and function. For optimal function nerves must be able to move freely within its surroundings.
How Does Neural Manipulation Help You?
The effects of this treatment often extend beyond the local area of treatment to the rest of the body, helping to resolve more global dysfunctional patterns. Neural Manipulation can have a reflexogenic effect on other areas of the body through the central and peripheral nervous system.
Manual neural manipulation also reduces the intra-neural pressure, restoring blood flow and conductivity in the nerve, improving its function. This treatment can also help to improve over-all circulation to the area.
How is Neural Manipulation Performed?
Neural Manipulation techniques are subtle in their application with a high level of precision, yet quite significant in their potential impact. Caution is taken by the therapist not to overwork the neurological tissues.