Nerve Flossing – Introduction
Nerve flossing a technique used to break up scar tissue that could be binding, pinching, or otherwise damaging nerves. Nerve flossing is also known as active release technique and it could be a great tool to use in herniated disc recovery.
In this article, we’re going to discuss using nerve flossing to relieve sciatic pain. Measuring roughly 3/4 of an inch in diameter, the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. This nerve starts from the lumbar spine and runs down each leg. Sciatica is a common medical condition caused by a herniated disc and using active release techniques can help in long term herniated disc recovery.
Nerve Flossing – Exercises
The first nerve flossing exercise you can do is sit in a chair with good posture and lift up the leg with pain. Flex the leg to the point where pain is felt and then slowly lower the leg. Performing 5 sets of 15 repetitions a day is recommended. The second nerve flossing exercise that can be done is laying down on the floor or the bed. Bend your knee, the side with sciatic pain, about 90 degrees and put both hands behind your knee. Now flex your leg up and down until you experience mild pain and slowly lower your leg. Performing 5 sets of 15 repetitions is also recommended for this exercise. The image provided below shows the two exercises:
Over time flexibility will improve with these nerve flossing exercises as your scar tissue will break up, your tendons will become more flexible and you will have less pain overall.