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Neural Gliding/Back Pain/Stretches

Posted 06.19.18 by

Low back pain can be caused by many things. If you experience this, tightness can transfer to the piriformis (inner hip) and lead to pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Today we have sumo kettle bell deadlifts in our workout, performed with a wide stance. This version of a deadlift places less strain on the lower back while increasing strain on the gluts.

Neural Gliding
Nerve glides (also known as neural flossing or nerve stretching) are exercises that aim to restore mobilization of our peripheral nerves.  When a nerve is injured it won’t be able to glide normally through the surrounding sheath, which can cause a sharp pain.  Similar to muscles, nerves can be stretched carefully to reduce this inflammation or compression and ultimately allow the nerves to glide normally.

Nerves can be injured easily and it is usually easy to tell when this has happened.  If you feel a sharp, shooting, stabbing, or numbing pain in the areas explained above, then there is a good chance that a nerve is not gliding normally through its sheath.  This is usually caused by either the nerve being compressed or inflamed.  The most common reasons for a compressed or inflamed nerve is usually by injury or post-surgery.

Below is an example of a nerve glide exercise that can help reduce the compression on the sciatic nerve.

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30-8:00 we discuss these and other stretches that can enhance your lifting and range of motion and allow your body to recruit more muscle to get that new PR.