Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium/spine hard frame to the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focused on with musculoskeletal symptoms.
Neural Manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and by accessing this relationship, resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns. Given that the neural system is sensitive, the techniques applied are extremely gentle and subtle.
The body will often move or align itself to protect the most delicate structures, particularly the vascular and neural structures. If you have trouble gaining flexibility, for example, it may be that your muscles are tight because they are preventing strain of the nerves. In most cases, the muscles won’t often let go. A common case in point is hamstring tightness that won’t release and reoccurs after stretching.
Nerve tissue only functions correctly when it is allowed to move freely within its local environment. It must be allowed to move of and within itself and also in relation to local surrounding tissue. Neural manipulation facilitates local nerve conductivity and intraneural (blood and interstitial) fluid flow to allow the system to respond in the highly sensitive fashion that it is designed for.
By appreciating the extremely detailed anatomy of the neural system, one can appreciate the magnitude of dysfunction that can be apparent, and also the potential for change. The neural and vascular systems are at the heart of our operations. They affect everything. Whether it is the performance of a local muscle or the more complicated function of an organ or an entire system, like the digestive system, nerves are involved. The operation of nerves even relies on the nerves that supply them!
Related to the nerves are the cranial and spinal hard frames that protect and house the neural and meningeal systems. At the very least, we have to assess the effect of one upon the other for a normal functional relationship.
As a summary, neuromeningeal manipulation has the ability to effect:
- Nerve conduction
- Electromagnetic conduction throughout the tissues
- Intraneural (within the nerve) blood supply
- Local and whole body responsiveness
A very short list of areas that it is relevant for, include:
- Nerve trauma
- Meningeal restrictions
o epidural injections
o spinal degeneration
o head injuries
o musculoskeletal injuries, like the hamstrings or calf injuries
o neck injuries
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Skin sensitivity
- Balance, co-ordination and proprioception
- Nerves that have been affected by neurotropic diseases
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Brain tissue
- Special sensory systems – smell, hearing, sight, taste and touch.
Treatment of the neural system is light and precise through specifically directed pressure. The pressure has the ability to affect the nerves, the membranes surrounding them, the surrounding tissue all throughout the system to the nerve roots exiting the spinal column and the central nervous system.