Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Category Archives: nerve mechanics

Hamstring Strain and Adverse Neural Tension

I have previously written a series of articles about the study of adverse neural tension and nerve mechanics. If you are not familiar with the idea of adverse neural tension and you want to understand why somethings hurts, you should definitely give these a read. Anyway, I just saw a study (hat tip to Michael… Read More

Reader Q & A: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for my readers, especially the ones who have provided me some some good questions that I can paste together with my answers to create a blog post.

Questions include: why does it hurt here; why doesn’t it hurt here; why is my hamstring stiff; and should I use resistance on sports movements?

(By the way, if you want to ask a question and get it answered in a future post, contact me here.) Read More

Ideomotion Part 2: Corrective Movements

In a previous post I introduced the concept of ideomotion, which is a non voluntary movement prompted by mental activity. In this post I’ll discuss Barrett Dorko’s interesting theory that ideomotion may play a role in reducing and preventing some common sources of chronic pain. Here is my (hopefully accurate) interpretation of Dorko’s theory in a nutshell…. Read More

Nerve Mechanics Part III

Image via Wikipedia In the first two posts on nerve mechanics I discussed how nerves move and how that movement can cause pain. This post is about making sensitive nerves healthy again. Without getting into a bunch of complicated anatomy about how to tension or slide certain nerves and when it’s safe to do so,… Read More

Nerve Mechanics Part II

Image via Wikipedia In the previous post I discussed some of the basics of nerve mechanics. To review, the nerves need to slide, bend, elongate and withstand compression as the body moves. This motion is normal and helps keep the nerves healthy. Now I’ll look at how nerves may become sensitive to movement and cause… Read More

Nerve Mechanics Part I

Image via Wikipedia Nerve mechanics, or neurodynamics simply means the study of the mechanical properties of nerves – how they stretch, move, glide, and cause pain as the body moves. Science has made some exciting leaps forward in this area in the last twenty years,and these have been well summarized in some great books by… Read More