What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition where nerves are damaged and thereby sending improper signals to the brain. There are several types of neuropathy, including:
- Mononeuropathy: affecting a single nerve
- Mononeuritis multiplex: affecting multiple nerves asymmetrically
- Polyneuropathy: affecting multiple nerves symmetrically
- Distal Symmetric Polyneuropathy: affecting multiple nerves symmetrically, starting in the feet and hands
Symptoms may begin as numbness in extremities, losing feeling in hands and feet, leading to ongoing discomfort, difficulty walking, and other complications. Symptoms can progress, however, as nerves become more damaged. You might begin to experience sensations such as shooting, stabbing or aching pain, burning, tingling, itching, twitching, electrical sensations, pressure or squeezing, throbbing, freezing, or feeling like your socks are balled up underneath their toes.
How is neuropathy commonly treated?
Peripheral neuropathy is a frustrating, life-impairing condition. Many have been told they just have to meditate and live with it. Neuropathy is commonly treated through pain relief drugs prescribed by doctors. Unfortunately, many patients report that pain killers do little to treat the symptoms associated with the condition. The symptoms and sensations associated with neuropathy are often not related to pain and inflammation. When medications fail to treat those symptoms, it can lead to reduced health and wellness. Neuropathy can lead to:
- Reduced mobility and ability to perform everyday tasks
- Inability to exercise regularly
- Unhealthy eating habits resulting from lack of exercise and mobility
- Complications from reduced exercise and unhealthy eating habits
Some medications carry side effects that impact vision, cause dry mouth, and impact cognitive abilities. Furthermore, some may be susceptible to addiction to the medications prescribed to treat neuropathy. Many people find they want alternatives to traditional neuropathy treatments when medication does not seem to help accomplish their goals. Chiropractic care may indeed help patients experience the relief for which they are searching.
How does chiropractic help with neuropathy?
Chiropractic care seeks to treat issues at their source while providing a holistic approach to healing. Chiropractic adjustments can help restore and repair nerve damage and restore blood flow and oxygen to those nerves. This will help the nerves communicate more effectively with your brain as they heal. Many patients find their pain is reduced, the feeling is improved, and mobility can be restored, and are amazed that it can be accomplished without medication.
When you reach out to Beth El Wellness for solutions to neuropathy, we will first schedule a free consultation. A doctor will speak with you, screen for medical conditions, and help determine whether you are a candidate for chiropractic neuropathy treatment. Then we will perform tests to assess the extent of nerve damage, and if you can benefit from chiropractic care, we will provide a plan for treatment.
If you or someone you love is struggling with the symptoms of neuropathy and have found traditional methods of treatment fall short, maybe it is time to try chiropractic. For people in and around Elkin, Beth El Wellness and chiropractic has the experience and expertise to treat neuropathy. We seek to solve it at its source, so you can be as mobile and healthy as possible. We want you to be able to enjoy life in Elkin and get outdoors to explore the region. Contact Beth El Wellness today for more information about chiropractic treatment for neuropathy and other conditions with which you may be struggling.