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Nerve flossing

john 40jjohn 40 Posts: 190
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
For adhesions any body had this done
My pt doc has been doing this on me for 3 visits it has made my back feel better
And the tingly ants in my leg an foot are less but the deep burning is coming back
Especially in my knee an foot and the little stun gun guy in my back gets mad a lot easier.
Any one know (if this is scar tissue wont it jist grow back on or around the nerve )
If this works will I have to keep doing it every couple weeks (its not fun)
I am or was very active before serg and now I try to be- sometimes to much-I have an do walk ,stretch, ect a lot --- I am ready to be done an go do more stuff I am going nuts it quit raining and the sun is going to come out 8>


  • Hi John,

    First of all, I haven't had surgery yet.

    I have an exercise that I do called nerve flossing. I do it sitting down in a high chair or something else, so my feet don't touch the floor.
    I straighten one leg while I look up to the ceiling and then pull the leg backwards under whatever I am sitting on, while I look down at my chest. I repeat this 10 times each leg.
    There is a demonstration on-line if you google it.
    Don't know about any other type of nerve flossing. What is your experience of it?
  • Yes that’s the one the serg doc has had me doing since serg
    The one pt-doc is flat on back and relax legs and keep relaxed thin he picks up leg by your ankle till I feel the little stun gun guy in my back getting mad almost to zap me thin he lets leg down a little and hold there leg relaxed thin has me move my foot up and down that up wakes up the back guy
    Then lying on stomach he finds the sorest spot on low back feels like he is using one finger or thumb has me flex my foot and he pushes the little mad guy down
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  • A surgeon can only do so much. I firmly believe that a really good PT can make the healing complete.
  • Scar tissue is a tricky subject and I don't think any of us on the board fully understand it. Here are a couple basics, at least as I understand it.

    Any time tissue is removed from the body, even if a finger is cut, collagen tissue is laid down to fill in for the tissue that has been removed. It is a natural process and always happens. Sometimes the collagen lays down in the same direction as surrounding tissue, and is not noticeable, but other times, it grows in like a tangled net. This is when it becomes problematic. It can entwine itself around nerves, can grow in masses that take up space and serves to squeeze out and compress nerves. After surgery, during the initial healing period is when scar tissues fill in. It does not just continue to grow and grow or it would eventually strangle off other tissue necessary for life. It grows until the void is filled, and then it pretty much stops.

    This is one reason it is so important to begin walking immediately after surgery and to continue to religiously. There is a window of opportunity, from approximately three weeks to six weeks, or a bit longer when the collagen tissues are forming. That is the time when you really want to try to influence the direction in which it is growing, and to try to keep it broken up so it cannot attach to a nerve or other tissue or organ, in the case of abdominal surgeries.

    If you have subsequent surgery, or if you have surgery to remove scar tissue, it will grow back, often more intensely than the first time.

    If you can break up the adhesions through medical bodywork, nerve flossing, etc. I don't believe it will reattach...but I'm not positive about this!!

    Hope this helps a bit.

  • Today Pt-doc finely saw felt the small bump I get some times when I drive to long
    Its low on back jist little left of the serg incision, he was kind of freaked out he could touch and push on it and feel the arch of my foot flex (I have been telling them for months that I can touch there and it feels like I am touching my foot ) I think he is going to recommend to gp doc to do a mri (duh)
    Anyway back to scar tissue the symptoms make a lot of since but it has been to long since serg but the flossing has made my back feel better (not leg)its getting worse I am getting real tired an sick of the yoyo ride maybe now the gp-doc will do mri
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