There are three types of nerves in the body:
- Autonomic nerves control the involuntary actions of the body, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation.
- Motor nerves, passes information from your brain and spinal cord to the muscles, which control your movements and actions.
- Sensory Nerves relay the messages from the skin and muscles back to the brain and spinal cord. This information is processed by the brain to let you feel pain, hot & cold and other sensations.
Physiotherapy treats the motor and sensory nerves dysfunction. Injury to these motor nerves can cause weakness, muscle wasting, twitching and paralysis, whereas damage to the sensory nerves causes pain, sensitivity, numbness, tingling or burning and poor postural awareness.