In today’s muscle of the day we are shifting focus this week and looking specifically at nerves in common areas of the body that get stuck or entrapped.
Nerves need to make their way through a lot of structures in the body to get to where they need to go. Nerves are built with some extra slack in them, roughly about 15 percent to help them slide and glide through muscles.
Over time when there is extra force put on the nerve as it goes through the muscle the body begins to lay down what is called adhesion to help buffer and protect the area.
This adhesion acts like glue and makes the area less flexible and stuck together.
The problem now becomes where the nerve gets stuck. When the nerve gets stuck it can cause any of the following:
There are over 156 places in the body where a nerve entrapment can occur. That’s a lot of places for problems to occur!
Today we are going to start with probably the most common nerve entrapment in the human body, especially in our modern lifestyles of sitting and looking down.
The nerve we have today is the accessory nerve. It really doesn’t have too many jobs to do, most notably is controlling the trapezius muscles and the SCM in the front.
So why does this nerve so commonly get stuck??
Because we spend way too much time in bad postures sitting and looking down, this puts a lot of tension on the nerve and it gets glued right out on the side of the bottom of the neck.
Which area is that?
That big tight spot in your neck that you wish would just go away!
You might jam a lacrosse ball in there, stretch it like crazy or have a massage therapist go in so deep on it that it feels like it’s ripping out your soul.
Then a few days later it is right back!
The problem is the nerve is still stuck and never went away. When nerves get stuck the muscles engage in a protective tightness, a term that was developed by the founder of the Integrative Diagnosis system.
So if you find yourself in a never ending loop of trying to get rid of the massive knot in your neck with no results it might be time to get to a soft tissue specialist who can actually treat the nerve entrapment correctly!