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NeuroVascular Manipulation

Nerve and Artery Release

"When you have reduced the body’s subconscious need to protect the neural and vascular networks, your client will have less pain, more efficient movement, better proprioception, more productive stretching, and greater freedom."
Kieran Schumaker, A.T.S.I.

Vascular Manipulation, an Osteopathic modality, is the focus on how well arteries are able to dilate or diminish in diameter as a functioning element of the whole body.

Importance for artery freedom:

  • Knowing that if the artery is under tension e.g. fascial sheath restriction, it can be the cause of restriction patterns and pain.
  • Reduces hypertonicity of muscles that are shortening the myofascial tracks, distorting posture, and limiting movement.
  • Understanding the interconnectedness the entire vascular system from the largest artery, the aorta, to the smallest blood vessel, so to improve local and general blood circulation.
  • As this therapy has a strong viscera (organ) component, freeing restrictions can increase blood circulation to an organ, improving its function.


Neural Manipulation, an Osteopathic modality, gently releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body. Releasing a nerve compression creates freedom and movement within the nervous system. This has a flow on effect to the connective tissue (fascia) that holds our bodies together, changing the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns.

For a nerve to function at its best it needs to be able to move freely (up to 10cm) within its surrounding structures. Neural Manipulation enhances proper functioning of the nervous system - one of the communication highways throughout the body.

A flexible nerve is essential for:

  • Nerve conduction.
  • Electromagnetic conduction.
  • Intraneural blood and nerve supply.
  • Local and systemic responsiveness.

When a nerve becomes fixated, sections of the nerve can harden creating a very sensitive or painful to touch ‘nerve bud’.

Nerve buds can come about by:

  • Neurotrophic disease, eg shingles.
  • Body posture imbalances.
  • Mechanical force or energies such as friction, pressure, or traction.
  • Severe or repetitive mirco-traumas such as muscle contractions, bad posture, small sprains, or non-physiological movement.

Therapy sessions use precise gentle traction on local artery and nerve fixations. This can quite easily have a more global effect on a dysfunctional pattern that is affecting different parts of the body. For example, carpel tunnel like symptoms could be stemming from a nerve fixation within the abdomen.

Miriam Bunder
Integrative Bodywork Therapist

ATMS Member 15464

ABN 38 016 837 325

I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I share my work, the Cammeraygal clan of the Eora nation, and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
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