Here is what you need to know about how chiropractors can help you experience relief.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
The National Institutes of Health estimates 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy describes nerves that are not working properly because they are actually damaged. When nerves are damaged, they send incorrect information to the brain that can result in a variety of symptoms. Types of neuropathies include:
- 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
If you are experiencing any type of neuropathy, you are likely suffering from a variety of symptoms that fall into two main categories: positive and negative.
Those with negative symptoms will experience numbness or weakness, essentially losing the feeling in their feet or hands. This can, of course, lead to other complications. With a lack of feeling in your hand, you may be less aware of pain and injury. With these symptoms, you could have trouble walking, driving, and doing a variety of daily tasks.
Positive symptoms only show up after the nerves have been damaged for quite some time. They will typically manifest as sensations such as shooting, stabbing or aching pain, burning, tingling, itching, twitching, electrical sensations, pressure or squeezing, throbbing, freezing, or feeling like their socks are balled up underneath their toes. If you are suffering from these symptoms, you know your mobility is reduced, which can lead to unhealthy eating and exercise.
Typically, treatment for peripheral neuropathy involves medicine or medication or been told they will just have to live with it. Even if patients are taking medication, they often feel like they are not seeing much success, and they are dealing with difficult side effects such as blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation, impaired cognitive abilities, and even addiction. Chiropractic treatment is different in that it seeks to repair the nerve damage at its source.
Chiropractic treatments aim to restore blood flow and oxygen to the nerves allowing them to repair properly. Adjustments and chiropractic care are utilized to reestablish nerve communication and nutrient pathways for improved oxygenation. When the nerves are allowed to heal, it can result in the restoration of feeling in their hands and feet. 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.
How Chiropractors Treat Peripheral Neuropathy
At Beth EL Wellness, we are committed to helping you live a healthy and mobile life. We treat peripheral neuropathy and other conditions naturally, so you can find the relief you need. We have years of experience and have seen tremendous success for our patients. This is an amazing area, and we want to help you get out and enjoy it as much as possible. If you are experiencing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and want to find some relief, contact Beth EL Wellness today. We will give you a fighting chance against the destructive, uncomfortable, and painful effects of peripheral neuropathy.