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Nerve Flossing for Increased Range of Motion

October 24, 2016

Have you flossed today? 


No, not your teeth, your nerves! If you have never done this before, I'm going to let you in on a little secret commonly used by physical therapists.

Enter: nerve flossing.

Over time, with exercise and daily life, your nerves and nerve endings can end up twisted up and even trapped in positions that will lead to chronic pain and decreased mobility. Ever heard of a "pinched nerve"? Well, it happens when a nerve becomes compressed by surrounding tissue and can be a huge burden on your daily life.

The ultimate point of flossing is to take the larger nerves, such as the femoral or sciatic nerves, and to perform specific exercises that will move those nerves back and forth in the muscle. Thereby forcing all of the smaller nerves to "floss" their way out of impingement by lengthening them and straightening them out.

Sounds pretty crazy, right? Well it's a method that has been used by physical therapists and high end strength coaches for a long time, to great effect.

Check out the video below for an example of a dynamic floss stretch!

 

 

In Strength,


Coach Bryan

 

 

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