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Nerve flossing - Use The Nerve to Treat The Nerve

Updated on August 19, 2013

What is a nerve floss?

A nerve floss is using specific movements to glide and tension the nerve back and forth to relieve tension of nerve. Tension of the nerve which came about when muscles, ligaments, or fascia (covering of muscle) was overused or over heated causing the nerve to become entrapted.

Unlike a stretch a nerve floss is to create tension on the specific nerve (which feels like a pull) and is not to be held for a continuous time like a stretch. The motion should be fluid and at no time should you continue to do it if the floss makes the tingling, sharp pain, or loss of sensation worse after doing the floss.

Below are all the nerve floss videos that I have created for my patients. You can also view the videos at If you are in the Bloomington IL area please call 309-585-0382 to setup an appointment with Dr. Shepard of Shepard Pain and Performance Care.

Upper Extremity Nerve Flosses

Median Nerve Floss

Reduce the effects of carpal tunnel syndrome and overly tight forearm muscle by performing this floss.

Ulnar Nerve Floss

Reduce the effects of ulnar nerve palsy, numbness in the pinky finger, and over active muscles of the shoulder blade by performing this floss.

Radial Nerve Floss

Treat tight triceps, pain down the back of the arm, and posterior forearm pain by performing this radial nerve floss.

Nerve Flossing Resources and Guides

These resources are what I read to teach myself how to perform a variety of nerve flosses.

Musculocutaneous Nerve Floss

Relief bicipital tightness, elbow pain, and forearm pain by performing this musculocutaneous nerve floss.

Spinal Accessory Nerve Floss

Reduce the effects of overly tight trapezius muscles and treat lower neck pain by performing a spinal accessory nerve floss.

Supracscapular Nerve Floss

Relax the nerve and muscles of the rotator cuff of the shoulder by performing a supracapular nerve floss.

Axillary Nerve Floss

Treat shoulder pain, numbness, and chronic lateral shoulder blade pain by performing this axillary nerve floss.

Lower Extremity Nerve Flosses

Dr. Shepard Performing a Seat Sciatic Nerve Floss

Dr. Shepard Performing a Seat Sciatic Nerve Floss
Dr. Shepard Performing a Seat Sciatic Nerve Floss

Sciatic Nerve Floss

Reduce the effects of sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and overly tight hamstrings and calf muscles by performing this sciatic nerve floss.

Peroneal Nerve Floss

Reduce the effects of sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and overly tight lateral calf muscles by performing this peroneal nerve floss.

Saphenous Nerve Floss

Relieve medial knee pain, medial shin spllints, and anterior hip pain by flossing the spaphenous and femoral nerve

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Nerve Floss Compilation Playlist

median nerve floss

radial nerve floss

ulnar nerve floss

saphenous nerve floss

sciatic nerve floss

axillary nerve floss

suprascapular nerve floss

spinal accessory nerve floss

peroneal nerve floss

musculocutaneous nerve floss

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Any questions or concerns about performing any of the flosses?

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      charles-tinley-9 4 years ago

      You the man! All these are great to find in one place. I appreciate the post.

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      khyrst 4 years ago

      great lens, never heard of a nerve floss before