NOTE: Please seek a professional diagnosis and discontinue the tests suggested if you have an increase in symptoms. This is only meant as a guide. We do not diagnosis.
Are you suffering from numbness and tingling in your hands and fingers?
Do you have general aches in your shoulder, elbow or wrist? This discomfort is often intermittent or moves around. You could describe the pain like a tooth ache but you don’t find that the site itself is tender to the touch.
Do you suffer from chronic neck and upper back tightness?
You could have a nerve impingement, tension or entrapment. Often times neural tension is diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or shoulder impingement. If you have been receiving treatment for any of these but have not been getting the results you want try this simple test at home to find out if you have neural tension.
Start with an Upper Limb Tension Test. Follow the step by step guide to help determine if could benefit from neural tension treatment as part of your health and fitness routine. Book an Athletic Therapy or Massage Therapy appointment today if you would like to be walked through this testing and receive treatment.
Upper Limb Tension Test # 1 - Median Nerve Test
Be sure to be sitting upright and comfortable.
Bring the right ear towards the right shoulder. Be sure to only have a light stretch in the neck. There should be no pinching in the neck. If there is you have gone to far into the stretch.
Bring the left arm up to shoulder height.
Extend at the left wrist and fingers.
Slowly extend the left arm back maintaining the left hand at shoulder height. Stop movement when you start to feel a stretch.
Try on the opposite side. Compare right and left. You could feel tension anywhere between the left shoulder to the left finger tips but is most commonly felt at the elbow, wrist or middle finger.
If you tested positive with the nerve tension test….NOW WHAT…
Good news you can work on improving neural tension the same way you can work on mobility of a joint or flexibility of a muscle.
Check out our YouTube Channel to view our new nerve flossing videos to improve neural tension or book an appointment and receive an in person treatment or virtual guidance.