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Medial nerve mobilizations to improve the carpal tunnel

That represents a barrier to our correct interaction with the environment that surrounds us. To combat these conditions we have nerve mobilizations. We explain a specific technique for the mobilization of the medial nerve.

Radial nerve: where it comes from, travels and what it does

The radial nerve is a peripheral nerve that comes from the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a nervous structure located in the neck. That arises from the union of several nerves that come from the spine, specifically from the union of nerves C5, C6, C7, C8 and T1).

The radial nerve is born in the armpit. Immediately goes down the entire back of the arm to the elbow. Once there is divided into 3 branches. One that will continue on the back of the forearm one that continues on the front of the forearm. The last one also travels in the back but becomes more superficial. In the image below, you can see the path of the radial nerve:

The median nerve is a motor and sensory nerve:

Sensory innervation : the sensory innervation territory of the median nerve is shown in the image below drawn in green.

Most common causes of median nerve conditions

The most common cause for which the median nerve is usually sick is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pathology in which the structures. That passes through the carpal tunnel structure located on the wrist, delimited at the back by the back of the carpal bones. At the front is delimited by the transverse ligament of the carpus will be strangled or imprisoned because of a lack of space in the tunnel.

Infographics: the carpal tunnel syndrome and the transverse carpal ligament, learn what they are and how they are related. This infographic shows you the different causes of carpal tunnel syndrome.

During the movement, all the tissues and structures involved in the realization are connected. So that the tensions generated by force or by stretching in one area will be transmitted to others further away. This requires all fabrics to possess a certain degree of flexibility and freedom of sliding.

During a pathological process such as carpal tunnel syndrome, the nerves are compressed. So they begin to generate pain. They also lose the ability to slide and elongate. The mobilizations of the nerve release it, giving it full and optimal mobility.

The mobilizations represent a tremendous advantage: the patient can learn them quickly, they do not generate pain and they have few contraindications. They can be done several times a day and the results are fast.

Self-mobilizations of the median nerve

The self-mobilizations that we show you in the video will be very useful in case you suffer a neuropathy of the median nerve. You can perform in the most comfortable position for you (sitting, standing or lying down).

Mobilization 1

This is a mobilization in sliding, so it must be smooth, with little tension and with little difficulty.  In the position where you are you will separate the arm from the body a little (about 30 degrees) and then you will flex and extend the elbow.

When you bend the elbow, you will tilt the head towards the side of the arm that we are not mobilizing. When you extend the elbow, we inclined the head towards the opposite side. As the symptoms decrease, you can increase the difficulty of this self-mobilization with the progressive separation of the arm of the body until it reaches 90 degrees.

Mobilization 2

This is also a mobilization in sliding, so it must be smooth and with little tension. Although slightly more difficult than the previous mobilization. In the position in which you find yourself, you will separate the arm from the body at about 90 degrees, once there you will flex and extend the elbow.

When you bend the elbow, you will take the wrist to the stretch, and when you extend the elbow, you will take the wrist to flex.

Mobilization 3 

This is a mobilization in tension. It is more marked, with greater difficulty and with which it is necessary to be very careful not to exaggerate so as not to exacerbate the symptoms.

In the position where you are going to separate the arm from the body at about 30 degrees, you will lower the shoulder as much as you can. Once there, we extend and flex the wrist and fingers. You can repeat this exercise but increasing the difficulty with the progressive separation of the arm of the body until reaching 90 degrees.

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