Adherent Nerve Root
I haven’t published 2 posts in one day in a while….
I wrote a post about nerve glides the other day and it made me think of this because nerve glides, well flossing, apparently the interweb likes the term “nerve flossing” better. Nerve flossing is the way to treat this issue. You have back pain ok? Well do this……………..In standing, bend over forward, make sure you’re bending at the waist, not the hips. If you bend at the hips and keep your back straight – which is how you should bend forward all the time in your everyday life – but when you do that for this purpose this test won’t work because you’re keeping the spinal cord on slack. Bend forward at the waist curling your back into the shape of a ‘C’, does that make the pain worse? If the answer is yes, then do this…. Bend one knee and put your foot up on a chair or something. Then with your knee bent, bend over forward at the waist again. Does this make the pain worse? If the answer is still yes, something is going on at your low back. If the answer is no, you might have an adherent nerve root causing your pain. Here’s what that means. Where the nerve comes out of the spinal column, it adhered to something and isn’t moving properly so every time the nerve gets tension placed on it, it causes pain. Since the nerve became adhered to something, when you move in certain directions and assume certain positions, the nerve doesn’t move as it normally would and hurts. You might not have pain where the nerve became adhered to something, the pain might manifest somewhere else. The body is f’ing weird. Adherent nerve roots happen frequently after a surgery because all the scar tissue might trap the nerve so you want to break up that scar tissue and mobilize the nerve. This can happen anywhere along the spine but it’s most common with the nerves of the low back/legs. Good video, 6 minutes long but it explains ANRs well if you feel like watching it.