About Nerve Flossing

The idea behind nerve flossing is that when the sciatic nerve becomes trapped, it grates along the muscles and bones causing scar tissue to build up along the nerve fibre.

They’re even talking about it in Vogue

This creates a lot of discomfort when you move, as the scarred nerve doesn’t glide smoothly, and flossing is required to break down the scar tissue — just as flossing your teeth chips away at plaque buildup — to improve mobility.

Poor posture

Flossing is sometimes required to mobilise entangled or hypersensitive peripheral nerve.

Peripheral nerves become hypersensitive due to overuse of muscles, poor posture and severe nerve injuries.

In such condition, nerves in the affected areas recoil or gets entrapped leading to neural tension.


Symptoms of neural tension include pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness of muscles in the affected region.

The body responds automatically to protect the nerve by contracting the muscles, which lies close to the affected areas.

Such physiological response protects affected nerves from further damages.

The Muscles become short, tight and stiff because of continuous prolong contraction while protecting the hypersensitive nerves.

Persistent and unattained neural tension can create several other physical problems that can affect myofascial system.

Abnormal function of myofascial system causes problems in normal limb movements and joint activities.

How to floss

There are different stretches for different nerves so it depends on your situation.

It’s always worth checking your situation from a medical perspective before attempting to self help.

Working with a therapist or having some support is also a better to way to ensure you are moving correctly and within the full range of motion.

Seated Sciatic Nerve Flossing Exercise

Sit in a comfortable, but supportive chair, with your back straight and your shoulders down and relaxed.

(what is sciatica?)

Start with your knees bent at 90 degrees and both feet flat on the floor then slowly straighten the injured leg.

Only go as far as you can without causing pain; however, it’s OK to feel a gentle tugging down the back of your leg.

Slowly lower your leg back to the starting position and complete 15 leg raises up to five times a day.

As your symptoms ease, raise your leg then try pointing and flexing your foot — so your toes point up to the ceiling — to increase the stretch.

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Thanks to Sophie for the heads up on this too.