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Neural Glides for Ulnar Median Radial Nerves Ask Jo

Hey everybody, it's Jo! Today we're goingto talk about neural glides or neural flossing. That is to get your nerves moving if you'vehad damage to them, if you've had surgery and maybe have some scar tissue around them.So let's get to it. You probably were wondering why I was making funny faces just a minuteago. You have three different nerves main nerves in your arm, which is your ulnar nerve,your median nerve, and your radial nerve. So with your ulnar nerve, to stretch thatone out, you're gonna put your pointer finger and your thumb together making an quot;okayquot; sign.You want to flip it up and come back down. Some people are only going to be able to getto about right here before they feel that

stretch in the nerve on the outer part oftheir arm. So if you can only get to here, that's fine. You can do that, and do thatabout 10 times. Then eventually you are going to go a little bit further, coming up anddown. And hopefully you will be able to get all the way up so you can make bird man face.Alright, the next one is your median nerve. That one is in the middle. You can put yourarm straight out to the side, and you want your palm to be up. You're going to keep yourfingers as straight as you can, and then move at your wrist bringing your fingers down.Now some people going just straight down will be enough stretch. If that's not enough stretchfor you, then you can take your head and to

the opposite shoulder, and go down and up.Same thing, just do about 10 of these at a time because if you do too many, you can alsoirritate the nerve. Now if you get 10 of these and you still don't feel a stretch, you cantake it back a little, turn your head, and then stretch. Little pause at the end, andcome on back up. The last one is going to be your radial nerve on top because it's rad.You're going to put your arm out again, but now you are going to put your hand and palmdown, and repeat the same way, going down and up. If that's not enough for you, thenyou can turn your head to the side, and go down and up. If that's still not enough, goback just a little bit, and go down and up.

The last thing I am going to show you is actuallydoing some neural glides in your leg. A lot of people will do this for their sciatic nerve.So I'm going to hop up here and show you. So if you've been diagnosed with nerve damagein your leg, you're going to want to sit up in a chair or on your couch, just where youare comfortable. Now stick out your leg, and pull your toes toward you. Now some peoplemight feel a pull as soon as the pull their toes towards them. If you feel a pull withthat, then you're just going to point your toes and and flex your toes back and forth.That's moving that nerve up and down. It's gliding it back and forth. If that's not enough,then you're going to slump your back down,

pull your chin towards your chest and thendo the same thing. Pulling your toes towards you and pointing away from you. It's simpleas that. Make sure you just do about 10 to start off with because you don't want to irritatethose nerves. Those were the exercises for neural flossing or neural glides. And rememberto just start off with about 10 or so, and then work your way up from there. If you haveany questions, leave them in the comments section. If you would like to check out somemore tutorials, go to askjo Remember be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel bettersoon!.

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