It sounds grisly, but Nerve Flossing is emerging as an efficacious way to combat symptoms associated with nerve pain. Followers of the method say it is ideal for sciatic nerve pain, tight hamstrings, pins and needles, and tingling and numbness that are constant or brought on by activities or specific body positions. Its long-term benefits, including easier movement, flexibility and increased range of motion, mean that gym lovers are also embracing it, adding it to their exercise regimes as the ideal post-workout stretch session.

It is often used as a movement exercise alongside stretching exercises for greater freedom of movement and flexibility, so you’ll see many Nerve Flossing positions  and movements in yoga postures and asanas.

The technique is simple to master. Firstly, the body or the limb is held in a position that applies gentle tension to the nerve or area to be treated,” he says. “Then, using flexion and extension of joints, tension is gentle applied to one end of the nerve whilst it is slackened at the other. This is then alternated to create a slow, gentle, flossing-like movement. It shouldn’t be painful, but may be mildly uncomfortable.

While Nerve Flossing is a simple technique to learn and apply at home, it should be practised with caution. It could possibly cause symptoms to flare up if performed too vigorously in an area which is already irritated. It’s advisable to work with a therapist or physical trainer who will be able to guide you through the techniques and keep track of your progress. This will allow them to identify if nerve mobilisation techniques are appropriate for the pain, and if so, which ones.

The aim of Nerve Flossing is the reduction of pain and symptoms and a return to normal sensation and function which can often take several weeks, or even longer, to achieve and there may be days when symptoms appear to increase before again easing. Regular, daily repetition is important to make progress.”

For many, the pain relief that Nerve Flossing provides, and the ease and practicality of practising it at home, can been life changing. You don’t need expensive doctor’s visits. It is proof that our bodies can actually heal themselves.