Neural Manipulation

Neural Manipulation is a soft, hands-on manual therapy. Neural refers to the nervous system of the body which includes the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. This delicate system acts as a communication highway throughout the body and when it is not operating properly pain and loss of function can result. In the body, a nerve functions correctly only when it is able to move freely within its surroundings. Nerves can become "fixed", or dysfunctional, due to many reasons: physical trauma, surgeries, sedentary lifestyle, infections, pollution, bad diet, poor posture and pregnancy/delivery. When "fixed", a nerve cannot glide and /or stretch as we move our body, causing sensitivity, pain, and reduced optimal health. When nerve fixation occurs in one location, the body is forced to compensate elsewhere. This disharmony creates wider spread restriction, abnormal points of tension and chronic irritation, that over time can add up to functional and structural problems - musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urinary, respiratory and digestive. Neural Manipulation identifies local nerve restriction and fixation while examining their effects on the rest of the body.

Neural Manipulation (NM) was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral - more information.

How many sessions does it take?  The application of gentle NM techniques re-establishes communication in the body and improves its ability to adapt and restore itself to optimal health. Underneath the pain or diagnosis is a compensatory pattern created in the body with the initial source of the dysfunction often being far from the pain is felt. Because of this I search for the pattern and the source and treat the related tissues. The treatment is comprised of precise gentle engagement, mobilization, and elongation of the soft tissue, and most specifically, the nerves. As the source of the problem is relieved, symptoms will start to decrease.  Reaction and response time can vary with each NM treatment. As each person situation is different, the number of visits will vary. Many people experience significant improvement within 3 to 5 therapy sessions; others may require additional treatment.  

Neural Manipulations Benefits:

  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Joint Pain
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
  • Swallowing Dysfunctions
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Whiplash Injuries
  • Birth Injuries
  • Neuralgia & Neuritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Sprains & Traumatic Lesions