We floss our teeth to remove food particles and prevent plaque buildup from forming between the teeth and gums. Similarly, our nerves will sometimes form scar tissue that needs to be flossed. Nerve flossing stretches the tissues to allow proper functioning and movement. We will discuss the science behind this technique and nerve flossing exercises that can be done on individual nerve clusters.

About Nerve Entrapment
Our nerves transmit messages to and from our brain throughout our body, enabling us to function properly. Soft tissue encloses these nerves to protect them from damage. As we move, the nerves stretch tightly and sometimes become entangled within the tissue. This is referred to as nerve entrapment, also known as a pinched nerve.

Nerve entrapment may occur with tissue inflammation, poor posture, compression from an injury, or direct trauma to the nerve through repetitive motions. Symptoms of nerve entrapment include numbness, pain, and muscle weakness. Pain may intensify with movement.

Read more: Nerve Flossing and Exercises for Trapped Nerve Relief

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