Ulnar Nerve Stretch
The ulnar nerve can be entrapped in a number of various places in the neck, arm, forearm and hand. The trick to effectively releasing the pressure or entrapment is to locate the spot/spots of compression. This is fairly easy to do if you know what you are doing.
One fault many people have is they think they can fix everything on their own, but fact of the matter is no one can fix everything. I am terrible at doing my own taxes and for that reason I hire a CPA and bookkeeper to keep everything in order. The same thing goes for ulnar nerve stretches. As of now, one of the most searched topics on the P2 Sports Care website is “Ulnar Nerve Stretches.” What this tells me is people are attempting to fix things on their own.
I have included the following ulnar nerve stretch for some of the patient I have under my care, so they can reduce their chances of re-injury. As stated before, identifying the area of entrapment of the ulnar nerve is critical for resolution of the problem.
Do not attempt this stretch unless a qualified medical provider has recommended it to you.
As a caution I must warn all the people who have not been under medical treatment for their arm numbness, keep in mind if the a nerve has been entrapped too long it has the potential of “dying.” So if it does not go away soon please seek care.
What can help treat Ulnar Nerve Entrapments?
Active Release Techniques (ART®) can fix ulnar nerve entrapments fast. The reason is most ART® providers are able to correctly find the area of entrapment and “separate” the nerve from scar tissue formations causing “sticking” to adjacent soft tissue structures. Normally a significant change can be noticed within 4-6 treatments if not sooner. If you aren’t getting significant results from the treatment you are currently using try taking a look into Active Release Techniques®.
To find out more about what ART® is click HERE to read a more detailed article.
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The ulnar nerve can be entrapped anywhere down its course from the neck, into the arm and forearm. A common entrapment site is in the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle located in the forearm. Here is another video reference on other common ulnar nerve entrapment sites causing numbness into the ring and pinky finger.
The purpose of this stretch is to keep that muscle loose between ART® treatments or even during periods where you might over use the muscle, such as deskwork or manual labor.
This is what the stretch should look like. Something you might not notice in the picture is that you must grab the last to finger, extend them back and pull them inward with your other hand. You should look like a waiter holding a tray of food.
There should be no pain when performing this exercise, only the feeling of the muscles in the forearm being stretched. If there is pain, discontinue the use of this activity until further evaluation.
Do not attempt this exercise unless your medical doctor has cleared you