Physical Therapy: Nerve Glides

What are nerve glides?

They are specifically designed stretches that allow the practitioner to elongate segments of their peripheral nervous system. They are often used post-surgery or as part of an injury rehabilitation program.

What are nerve glides used for?

The nerves in your arms and legs can move and stretch. Nerves can become injured just like muscles and tendons. Scar tissue can build up and trap the nerves. This can lead to chronic inflammation and pain. Performing nerve glides can help relieve these complications.

Why should I perform nerve glides?

Maintaining the health of the peripheral nervous system has several benefits. Improved signal conduction to the muscles, increased sensory perception, and greater range of motion are just some of the benefits that are likely from regularly practicing nerve glides.

 

Key Nerve Glidessciatic-nerve-glide

Sciatic Nerve Glide

Start by lying on your back and holding the back of your knee. Next, attempt to straighten your knee. Lastly, hold this position and then bend your ankle forward and back as shown. Perform 15 times, 2 times a day.

 

Radial Nerve Glideradial-nerve-glide

Start with your arm hanging down at your side with your elbows straight and palm facing back. Next, bend your wrist foward and back.  Your other hand should be checking to make sure that your shoulder stays down and drawn back the entire time. Perform 15 times, 2 times a day.

 

Ulnar Nerve Glideulnar-nerve-glide

Start with your arm up and out to the side with a bend elbow as shown. Your palm should be facing towards the side. Next, bend your wrist away and towards you as shown. Your other hand should be checking to make sure that your shoulder stays down and drawn back the entire time. Perform 15 times, 2 times a day.