Neurofascial Release/Neural Manipulation

Both Kellie and Jeff study under Stephen Evanko, PH.D., Rolfer®, the PNW’s preeminent expert in neurofascial release, a modality developed by Jean-Pierre Barral and Alain Croibier, and described in their book Manual Therapy for the Peripheral Nerves.  From the Barral institute website about neurofascial release (also called Neural Manipulation):

"French Osteopath Alain Croibier collaborated with Jean-Pierre Barral to develop Neural Manipulation...clinical techniques personally developed by Jean-Pierre Barral combined with Alain Croibier's scientific information. Comparative studies found Neural Manipulation beneficial for various disorders such as:

Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
Headaches & Migraines
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Joint Pain
Digestive Disorders
Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
Swallowing Dysfunctions
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Whiplash Injuries
Birth Injuries
Neuralgia & Neuritis
Tendinitis
Sprains & Traumatic Lesions
Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injuries
And More

Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium/spine hard frame to the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focused on with musculoskeletal symptoms. Neural Manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and by accessing this relationship, resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns.

A nerve only functions correctly when it is able to move feely within its surrounding structures. The modality of Neural Manipulation facilitates nerve conductivity and intraneural blood supply for local and systemic responsiveness. By understanding the detailed anatomy of the neural manipulation, one can clearly see the potential for pathological change when nerves are restricted.

Manual therapy, as it applies to the treatment of nerves, follows the standard principles of mobility and function. For optimal function nerves must be able to move freely within its surroundings. This freedom of movement is essential for:

Nerve conduction
Electromagnetic conduction
Intraneural blood supply
Intraneural nerve supply
Local and systemic responsiveness"