How do I know if I have it and what can I do about it?
This condition can be accurately assessed by using a specific, gentle manual therapy test used at Barefoot Physiotherapy. If your test indicates that you have nerve irritability, there are some things that you can do to help yourself recover from the condition.
1. Booking in for appropriate treatment of the condition. This type of treatment is gentle, non-aggravating, and specific to the underlying cause of the nerve irritation. Some people feel immediate relief after having this type of treatment and others may feel more lethargic or achey following it. Either is an appropriate response to effective treatment. You should never feel more flared up.
2. Avoid Aggravation on yourself.
- Not sitting for any longer than is necessary (at work, in the car, on the couch, out to dinner etc). This is only temporary until the condition is solved. For the times you have to sit, ensure you are in the best ergonomic position possible.
- If you must drive, adjust the car seat to take pressure off the nervous system. Bring the chair closer to the steering wheel so that your arms and legs are not outstretched. If you are in too much pain, it may be safer to avoid driving.
- When walking, try to take shorter, slower steps to control your movement. It is best to avoid limping if it is your legs that are affected.
- DO NOT stretch
- DO NOT exercise
- DO NOT carry items in the affected arm if possible (handbags, shopping, boxes, children)
- DO NOT prop your head up with pillows to read/use a computer while lying on your back (lying on your side to read or having the laptop up high enough on cushions so you don’t have to prop up your head is OK).
- Your Physiotherapist may be able to tape you to deload the joints and muscles to make movement more comfortable for you.