Author Barbara Hoffman describes a simple stretching exercise, called flossing that may ease nerve pain. Nerves can bunch up or get caught on muscles or scar tissue and swell. This can trigger pain. By repeating simple movements, similar to stretching a muscle, nerves can be stretched and made to feel more comfortable. Hoffman provides illustrations and information from Physical Therapist Daniel Fleck demonstrating an example of a flossing technique that may help to improve sciatica and hamstring pain. Start in a sitting position, slowly stretch one leg out and point toes, and at the same time, bend the head, putting the chin close to the chest. Next, flex the foot and bend the head backward, looking up at the ceiling. Repeat 10 times a day. This movements should be done slow and gentley. Like stretching muscles, flossing nerves is an important part of preventing and reducing pain.
- Nerves that get caught and bunched up in scar tissue or muscles are prone to swelling.
- To floss, or undergo a specific sort of toe to head stretch, is a simple technique which can prove to be a useful tool for backs.
- One physical therapist, recommends the technique for carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and hamstring injuries.
““Most physical therapists use [flossing], and if not, shame on them,” Fleck says.”