If you have found your way to the Gestalt Education blog, you more than likely know how to perform peripheral nerve tension tests. However, knowing what they mean and when they matter have always been a burning question of mine. I learned the simple tests: Median Nerve Tension, Ulnar Nerve Tension, Peroneal Nerve Tension, etc. but always had a difficult time knowing what they meant. Is it the muscle? Is it the Nerve? Is it the peripheral nerve? Is it centrally mediated? All of these questions led to indecision and frustration. It wasn’t until I took a course with Micheal Shacklock that this all started to come together.
The “Functional Triage” is something we have been tossing around for quite a while but never really developed into a tangible idea until recently. This unnamed ability to classify patients quickly and apply the associated treatment was something I recognized very quickly the first time I shadowed Dr. Winchester at Winchester Spine and Sport in Troy, MO.