About Neural Manipulation
[NEURAL: of the nervous system…Brain, Spinal Cord, Spinal Nerves, Peripheral Nerves, Autonomic Nerves, and their associated structures]
Neural Manipulation is an Osteopath-developed technique which involves gentle assessment and mobilisation of nerves to help restore their elasticity; and release restricted structures surrounding the affected nerves.
Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology. Ross & Wilson.
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All nerves must have elasticity and freedom around them in order to function properly. Nerve compression causes symptoms such as nerve inflammation (neuritis); muscle weakness; numbness, tingling and pain.
Neural Manipulation is a highly important tool in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction because it is the nervous system that controls the state and functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Treating the superficial musculoskeletal structures only is basically like “shutting the gate after the horse has bolted”…far better to have “shut the gate” first (treated the cause) than trying to catch the horse (treat the symptom).
Unfortunately most standard therapies neglect this aspect of treatment, which tends to give only temporary relief of symptoms, or even aggravate the condition!
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