Idiopathic Neuropathy

Jessica Farrell, PT, DPT Counterstrain Portland
Portland, Oregon


Idiopathic neuropathy is damage to the nerves outside that spinal cord and brain (peripheral nerves) that creates numbness, tingling, pain and weakness with no known cause. Over time this can progress to difficulty with balance and walking, hypersensitivity to touch, chronic pain and paralysis. Because no underlying mechanism for the nerve damage in idiopathic neuropathy is unidentified there have historically been very few treatment options and patients are primarily given medications to control the nerve pain. Fascial Counterstrain takes a multi system approach to improving the health of nerves and is excellent option for treating idiopathic neuropathy.

Fascial Counterstrain Treatment

Fascia is the deep connective tissue found everywhere in the body. Fascia is in our arteries, veins, nerves, viscera (digestive system, lungs and heart), ligaments, muscles and bones. When idiopathic neuropathy is present there is often trapped swelling and tightening of the fascia around the nerve and other tissues impacting the nerve. Fascial Counterstrain uses a combination of gentle tissue glides and comfortable positioning guided by a system of tender points to drain swelling and improve the mobility of tissues. In the case of idiopathic neuropathy we use Fascial Counterstrain to facilitate drainage around the impacted nerves via the lymphatic and venous system, increase arterial blood flow to the nerve, decrease irritation of the nerve and improve mobility of any musculoskeletal structures that may be compressing the nerve. Additionally we can treat the spinal cord to increase drainage of inflammation and increase blood flow. This helps to further relieve tension on the affected peripheral nerves. In this way we can provide the best conditions for the nerves to heal so that symptoms can decrease and resolve.