Ulnar Nerve Glides

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Ulnar nerve glides (aka ulnar nerve flossing) can help relieve a trapped ulnar nerve. But the ulnar nerve can be trapped anywhere from your neck to your wrist, so it’s best to find out specifically what is causing the nerve pain before trying nerve glides.

It is also very important to not do too many of these. Nerves are very fragile, and doing too many can irritate the nerve even more.

The first glide/stretch is what I call the birdman. When you make an “OK” sign with your fingers and bring it back beside or slightly behind your head, you might feel a big stretch going down the ulnar side of your arm into your pinky finger.

The next one is making a fist down by your side with it turned in towards you, then as you twist it and go back into extension, side bend your head away from that side.

Finally, is the “carry the tray.” This time you will side bend your head towards the same side. Keep your fingers straight, wrist straight, and elbow straight with your palm facing in front of you, bend your arm up like you are holding a tray. Keep your head side bend the whole time to give the nerve some slack.

Related Videos:

Neural Glides for Ulnar, Radial, and Median Nerves

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, aka Nerve Entrapment


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