Peripheral Nerve Entrapments

Peripheral nerves are the vital communication pathways that relay signals between the brain, spinal cord, and the rest of the body. These nerves extend to the upper and lower limbs, navigating through various joints and anatomical passages.

However, during their journey, nerves can become compressed or entrapped, particularly in narrow “tunnel” areas where they are more prone to being pinched or pressured.

A common site of such entrapment includes the brachial plexus, located in the underarm and shoulder region, among others.

Symptoms of Peripheral Nerve Entrapments

Peripheral nerve entrapments manifest a range of symptoms, which may vary based on the location and severity of the compression:

Pain and Sensitivity: Sharp, shooting, or aching pain in the affected area.

Numbness and Tingling: A loss of sensation or a feeling of ‘pins and needles’ in the limbs.

Burning Sensation: An intense, fiery discomfort along the nerve pathway.
Problems with Positional Awareness: Difficulty in perceiving the position of the affected limb.

Muscular Weakness: Reduced strength in the muscles served by the entrapped nerve.

Myotherapy Treatments

Our Myotherapists possess the expertise to accurately assess and treat peripheral nerve entrapments, whether they occur in the upper or lower body. By meticulously tracing the nerve’s path, they can identify the specific soft tissue regions responsible for the entrapment. A personalised treatment plan is then developed to alleviate pain and address the root cause of the compression.

Treatment Techniques Include

Soft and Deep Tissue Massage: To relax muscle tension and reduce pressure on the entrapped nerve.

Myofascial Cupping: Utilises suction to lift the fascia and surrounding soft tissues, enhancing blood flow and relieving compression.

Myofascial Dry Needling: Targets trigger points contributing to nerve entrapment, releasing muscle knots and easing nerve passage.

Stretching Exercises: To increase flexibility and mobility, reducing the chances of further nerve compression.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation): A non-invasive therapy that uses electrical currents to provide pain relief and facilitate nerve function.

Hot and Cold Therapies: Applied to manage inflammation, soothe pain, and stimulate the healing process.

Postural and Corrective Exercises: To improve posture and correct any bio-mechanical imbalances that may contribute to nerve entrapment.

In addition to hands-on treatment, our Myotherapists will offer guidance on maintaining optimal posture and incorporating lifestyle adjustments to remain pain-free and prevent future occurrences of nerve entrapment.

Peripheral nerve entrapments can significantly impact your quality of life, but with the right approach, relief and recovery are within reach. Myotherapy provides a comprehensive and effective strategy for managing this condition, enabling individuals to return to their daily activities with reduced discomfort and improved functionality.