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Sports Management: Peripheral Nerve Injuries

By |December 3, 2011|Diagnosis, Education|

Sports Management:
Peripheral Nerve Injuries

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This is Chapter 17 from RC’s best-selling book:

“Chiropractic Management of Sports and Recreational Injuries”

Second Edition ~ Wiliams & Wilkins

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      Neurotherapy and Spondylotherapy

Neurotherapy refers to the inhibition of overly active nerve function or the activation of sluggish function. Spondylotherapy is the treatment by physical methods applied to the spinal region. A nerve fiber may be stimulated artificially (ie, mechanically, thermally, chemically, electrically) anywhere along its course.

Certain nerve fibers function specifically for certain sensory and motor acts and may be stimulated at either their central or peripheral ends: efferent nerves are stimulated centrally and afferent nerves peripherally. The ability of sensory nerve stimulation to produce a motor or glandular response is readily demonstrated in eliciting any tendon reflex where superficial percussion produces the characteristic jerk, the muscle-spasm reflex resulting from skin exposure to a cool wind or proprioceptive excitement from strain or sprain, or the salivary response from seeing a person eat a lemon.

Neuroinhibition.   Abnormal reflexes appear to be inhibited more by pressure and cold than by any other methods. For example, a painful splinting erectormuscle spasm can be relaxed by placing the muscle in a position of functional rest and then applying mild continuous stretching or pressure. Cold is an excellent neuroinhibitor, especially with nerves which are located not too deep. Functional inhibition can be gained by stimulating a nerve whose chief function is inhibitory. Pressure may be applied digitally or with a pressor instrument at or near the paravertebral spaces. Steady pressure on the surface of the body, usually applied digitally, over the course of a nerve tends to be a restraining influence. There also appears to be a reflex influence upon vessels and glandular secretions. Certain skin areas (eg, suboccipital, paraspinal, parasacral, perianal, peripheral-meridian) are highly responsive to mild pressure from which reflexes of vasodilation and muscle relaxation can be initiated. (more…)