The ulnar nerve is a nerve that originates in the neck and travels down the arm to the hand. Pinching of the ulnar nerve can create numbness or weakness in the forearm and the 4th and 5th digits of the hand. Pinching most commonly occurs at the elbow (cubital tunnel) and wrist (ulnar tunnel). The ulnar nerve floss pulls the irritated nerve back and forth, reducing symptoms and improving healing.
- Make an “OK” sign with your finger
- Flip the sign upside down and cover your eye with the circular portion of your fingers
- Laterally flex your head towards the affected side
- Release the OK sign and reach forward like a handshake
- Laterally flex your head away from the affected side
Oscilate between the two positions for the ulnar nerve floss, performing sets of 15 reps, 2-3 times daily.
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