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Neural Tension

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

Muscles, bones, tendons, or scar tissue can squeeze nerves. So can swelling, tight shoes or equipment, or an injury. Pinched nerves are also more likely to happen with overuse, staying in one position too long, or having conditions like arthritis.





Common 'positive' findings with neural tension tests consist of pain, stretch, pulling, numbness, or tingling. Adverse neural tension can arise due to inflammation from an injury, nerve compression, or impaired blood supply to the area.


Specifically, researchers believe that high anxiety may cause nerve firing to occur more often. This can make you feel tingling, burning, and other sensations that are also associated with nerve damage and neuropathy. Anxiety may also cause muscles to cramp up, which can also be related to nerve damage.


When we take a look at chronic pain, it usually has a basis in one of three categories.


Load • Position • Neural Tension


These three puzzle pieces typically cross into one another as well. But, a soft and slow approach to mobilizing the fascial lines and restrictions can have a tremendous effect on relieving neural tension.





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