Nerve flossing is a type of physical therapy that involves stretching and moving the affected limb in order to relieve pressure on the nerve. A nerve floss is using specific movements to glide and tension the nerve back and forth to relieve tension of nerve. Tension of the nerve which came about when muscles, ligaments, or fascia (covering of muscle) was overused or over heated causing the nerve to become entrapted. The goal of nerve flossing is to improve range of motion and reduce pain.
Unlike a stretch a nerve floss is to create tension on the specific nerve (which feels like a pull) and is not to be held for a continuous time like a stretch. The motion should be fluid and at no time should you continue to do it if the floss makes the tingling, sharp pain, or loss of sensation worse after doing the floss.
How long does it take for nerve flossing to work?
So, how long does it take for nerve flossing to work? The answer depends on the individual and the severity of their condition. For some people, they may see improvements after just a few sessions. For others, it may take longer. Generally, however, most people will see some improvements within 6-8 weeks of starting nerve flossing. You should feel less tingling or discomfort after a few weeks, but you’ll likely have to stretch your nerves farther and more over time.
If you are considering nerve flossing as a treatment option, be sure to discuss it with your doctor or physical therapist first. They will be able to determine if it is the right option for you and create a customized treatment plan.
Median Nerve Floss
Reduce the effects of carpal tunnel syndrome and overly tight forearm muscle by performing this floss.
Ulnar Nerve Floss
Reduce the effects of ulnar nerve palsy, numbness in the pinky finger, and over active muscles of the shoulder blade by performing this floss.
Radial Nerve Floss
Treat tight triceps, pain down the back of the arm, and posterior forearm pain by performing this radial nerve floss.
Musculocutaneous Nerve Floss
Relief bicipital tightness, elbow pain, and forearm pain by performing this musculocutaneous nerve floss.
Spinal Accessory Nerve Floss
Reduce the effects of overly tight trapezius muscles and treat lower neck pain by performing a spinal accessory nerve floss.
Supracscapular Nerve Floss
Relax the nerve and muscles of the rotator cuff of the shoulder by performing a supracapular nerve floss.
Axillary Nerve Floss
Treat shoulder pain, numbness, and chronic lateral shoulder blade pain by performing this axillary nerve floss.
Sciatic Nerve Floss
Reduce the effects of sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and overly tight hamstrings and calf muscles by performing this sciatic nerve floss.
Peroneal Nerve Floss
Reduce the effects of sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and overly tight lateral calf muscles by performing this peroneal nerve floss.
Saphenous Nerve Floss
Relieve medial knee pain, medial shin spllints, and anterior hip pain by flossing the spaphenous and femoral nerve