Can Physiotherapy help with nerve pain?

11 Nov, 2022

If you’re struggling with nerve pain, you might be wondering if there’s anything that can be done to help relieve your symptoms.

The good news is that Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for nerve pain. In this blog article, we explain:

  • the causes and symptoms of nerve pain
  • the benefits Physiotherapy can provide
  • and specific intervention techniques used to address nerve pain

Nerve pain: causes and symptoms

Nerve pain, also known as neuropathic pain, can be caused by a variety of factors including injury, disease, or certain medications. Chronic illnesses such as Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis can also contribute to nerve pain.

Symptoms that characterise nerve pain include:

  • Burning or shooting sensations
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Hypersensitivity to touch
  • Uncontrollable shaking or spasms in the affected area

Nerve pain can make it difficult to perform even the most basic tasks, including eating, exercising, and resting. Fortunately, through physical therapy, you can get a lasting solution to your pain.

Nerve Pain - Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for nerve pain

Physiotherapy can be beneficial in several ways, with the first being to identify the origin and cause of your nerve damage problem. This is important because treating the underlying cause of your nerve pain is often the best way to find relief.

As a second benefit, Physiotherapists can help manage your pain while your nerve is healing and allow you to still perform necessary recovery tasks. This might involve developing a personalised exercise program or using manual therapy techniques to help reduce inflammation and swelling around the affected nerves.

Finally, Physiotherapy can help you heal and restore your body so that you can function at your optimal level. This might involve helping you regain range of motion or strength in an affected area or teaching you how to properly use assistive devices such as crutches or a cane.


Physiotherapy interventions used to address nerve pain

There are many different Physiotherapy interventions that can be used to address nerve pain. Some of the most common interventions include:

Soft tissue manipulation

This is a type of massage that is used to release tension in the muscles and connective tissues. It can help to reduce inflammation and pressure on the nerves.

Strengthening exercises

Strengthening exercises help improve the function of the muscles and joints. These exercises can help take pressure off the nerves by providing support to the surrounding tissues.

Range of motion exercises

Range of Motion (ROM) exercises help improve flexibility and range of motion in the joints. These exercises can reduce inflammation and pressure on the nerves by keeping the surrounding tissues mobile.

Manual stretching

Manual stretching is a type of stretching that is done with the hands instead of using equipment such as a foam roller or stretch band. Manual stretching can help improve flexibility and range of motion in the joints which can reduce inflammation and pressure on the nerves.

These techniques are often combined (eg. soft tissue manipulation and strengthening exercises) to achieve the best results. It’s also important to speak with a qualified Physiotherapist to determine which interventions will be most effective for you, based on your individual condition. 


Book an appointment with Gen Physio 

At Gen Physio, our team of experienced Physiotherapists will provide fully individualised pain management treatment in a location that suits you best. Call our friendly team today to book an initial appointment. 

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