Erik Dalton’s Treating Trapped Nerves


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Although nerve mobilization modalities have been around for several decades, their popularity is spreading like wildfire as therapists discover new and novel ways to “free-up” painful nervous system restrictions using soft tissue and joint stretching techniques that fit beautifully in a massage therapy format. You’ll love how easily these routines integrate into your existing massage and bodywork practice, and your clients will be amazed at how quickly they are free of nagging pinched nerve pain emanating from the neck, thoracic outlet, carpal tunnel, low back and sciatic nerve.


  • Handsome 3 DVD set
  • Supplemental reading section
  • Over 65 nerve mobilization assessments and techniques
  • Partner practice (hands-on) worksheets
  • Home retraining exercises

The concept

The concept of neuromobilization was originally based on research by physiotherapists, Geoffrey Maitland, Michael Shacklock and David Butler. Over the years, other researchers have added to the volume of scientific literature supporting the hypothesis that nerves require unimpeded movement for full pain-free function.

Acute compression of a normal peripheral nerve doesn’t necessarily produce symptoms such as pain, but the client may experience nocturnal numbness, motor weakness, and related symptoms. So be it with nerve root lesions. Mechanical entrapment of a normal spinal nerve root may initiate similar sensory and motor impairment in the complete absence of pain. However, mechanical factors that induce intraneural nerve root edema may lead to hyperexcitability, protective muscle spasm, fibrosis and pain.

The mechanosensitivity of neural tissues is affected by altered joint position and reflexive muscle spasm. When muscles and joints entrap and injure a nerve, the brain may try and protect the area through chronic inflammation and adhesive scar tissue formation. The word mobilization is loosely used to describe the various kinds of manual therapy treatment techniques and many are helpful in cases of neural entrapment.

When combining soft tissue mobilization modalities such as massage, active isolated stretching, and muscle energy with gentle joint mobilization maneuvers such as traction and gliding, the benefit is mobilization of the nervous system. The Myoskeletal goal is to relieve pain and protective spasm while restoring pain-free functional movement.

The good news is that the techniques in this “Treating Trapped Nerves” home-study course can show you how to release painful neural entrapments and restore pain-free movement. Success requires that the therapist perform an accurate assessment and apply specific treatment to the entrapment site perpetuating the adverse neural tension. By combining joint stretching, soft tissue work, and nerve mobilization maneuvers, you will quickly be able to normalize movement and provide nerve pain relief. Often this nerve pain relief is instantaneous!