Neural Manipulation

Neural Manipulation - Steelcity Physiotherapy Wellness Centre

French Osteopath, Alain Croibier collaborated with Jean-Pierre Barral to develop Neural Manipulation.

Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium and spine hard frame to the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focussed on with musculo-skeletal symptoms. A nerve functions correctly when it is able to move freely within its surrounding structures.

This freedom of movement is essential for nerve conduction, electromagnetic conductivity, blood supply within the nerve and for the responsiveness of the nerve. When a nerve is fixed, it typically loses its ability to glide and/or stretch in length. The pressure around and within the nerve increases and at the same time there are changes in consistency of the nerve. With fixation smaller nerve sections can harden. They feel like “buds” and are very sensitive or painful to touch.

Nerve buds can be released very quickly, sometimes within one therapy session. Generally, one thinks of trauma as a severe injury that causes damage. For example, not every joint trauma leads to fracture or dislocation, which is verifiable by x-ray. From a medical standpoint, patients are often considered to be perfectly healthy, even though they are not at all the same as they were before sustaining a trauma.

The same is generally true for the neural manipulation and the nerves. Traumatic nerve lesions typically do not result in a recognizable, well defined, clinical picture. Instead a broad spectrum of disturbances can be found. Because of their inconsistency and lack of evidence (with conventional examination methods and imaging procedures) symptoms are often overlooked. Often functional nerve lesions develop after neurotropic diseases like herpes zoster or as a result of posture imbalances. More frequently they derive form mechanical forces and energies, friction, pressure (compression) or traction forces (stretch) all of which affect the nerves.

To bring about lesions, a trauma does not have to be severe. Often it is a matter of repetitive micro-traumas. For example, a non-physiological movement, a harmless sprain, faulty posture or muscle contractions. Pathological processes can take place inside or outside the nerve. Neural manipulation is performed through precise applied pressure to the nerve tissue itself, the cranium and dura attachments. This can change the the pressure inside or around the nerve to improve function of the nervous system.

What conditions does Neural Manipulation address?

  • Lower back pain and Sciatica

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Joint pain

  • Post-operative scar tissue pain

  • Thoracic Outlet syndrome

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Neuralgia and neuritis

  • Tendinitis

  • Sprains and traumatic lesions

  • Concussion and Traumatic Brain injuries