By Dr. Jon Sebby, D.C., ART Provider –
Peripheral nerves, such as the sciatic, have their own unique biomechanics to allow for movement of the arms or legs. Nerves are surrounded and encased by muscle and connective tissue, so they need to be able to ‘slide’ through tissue during movement. Nerves can only stretch about 15% of their resting length before the blood vessels tighten down and lose blood flow.
If nerves are unable to slide, tension develops because nerve tissue is highly sensitive and can be injured easily if too much stress is applied to it. In the case of the sciatic nerve, too much tension will cause the hamstrings to feel “tight”. Hamstring tightness can be attributed to the sciatic nerve or one of its branches, the tibial and common peroneal nerves, being entrapped within the hamstrings and/or calves.
The detection of neural tension requires specialized training. The doctors at Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine are qualified and experience in utilizing specific soft tissue work and neural mobilizations tailored to treat neural tension.
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