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Neural Manipulation

What is Neural Manipulation?

Neural Manipulation (NM) techniques are very specific, gentle techniques to restore normal mobility of nerves and the nervous system.  Nerves naturally have a back and forth “flow” that allows them to communicate with each other and move with the rest of the body.  Disruption in this flow happens for many reasons (inflammation, infection, surgery, accident, food intolerance, stress, etc.) which reduces the mobility of the total nervous system.  When this happens, a person can experience any number of symptoms, including muscle spasm/trigger points, reduced blood flow, reduced range of motion, and even anxiety.  NM addresses the specific restrictions in the nervous system, restores normal mobility for increased blood flow and overall efficiency of the body.

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"Neural manipulation is releasing restrictions and enhancing the natural flow of the nervous system, whether from specific peripheral nerves or from the central  or autonomic nervous systems. This work is very specific, very gentle, and quite powerful."

 

"I balance the electricity of the body by making sure the nerves in your body have enough slack and ease to allow mobility without restriction or pain."

Neural Manipulation has been found beneficial for various conditions:

  • TMJ/Eye strain

  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy

  • Lower back pain

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Concussions

  • Chronic pain

  • Anxiety/Panic

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Joint pain

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Carpal/Tarsal tunnel

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Dysautonomia/POTS/EDS

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Tendinitis/Tendinosis

  • Sprains/Trauma

  • Much, much more!

What does Neural Manipulation feel like?

Neural Manipulation is performed on very specific tissue, with typically very light touch.  It will not feel like the deep massage you may be used to receiving.  The provider’s intention is to the feel the outer layer of the nerve itself in order to assess for normal or reduced flow, and then to release indicated areas through a treatment called ‘induction’.  Successful changes will often produce a softening of the tissue, reduced pain and heat as a result of improved blood flow to the area.

Jen is a credentialed Teaching Assistant in Neural Manipulation with the Barral Institute.

 

For further information on Neural Manipulation, please visit www.barralinstitute.com 

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