Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the functioning of the peripheral nervous system. In other words, the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. Peripheral neuropathy will most commonly affect nerves in the hands and feet.
Patients experiencing peripheral neuropathy will feel things that aren’t there, or will not feel things that are there — as a result of their nerves firing too much or too little. Patients may feel pain and general discomfort in the affected area.
Signs & Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy can include a variety of symptoms, such as:
- Burning pain in feet, legs, hands, or arms
- Numbness and/or tingling
- Weakness in legs or arms
- Loss of coordination in fingers and hands
- Sensations of heat or cold in feet or legs
- Sensations of crawling on the skin of the feet or legs
- Symptoms that tend to be worse in bed at night
Common Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
There are a number of conditions that can cause a person to experience peripheral neuropathy, in different parts of their central nervous system:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cholesterol medications
- Exposure to toxic heavy metals
- Food sensitivities
- Insulin resistance
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Traumatic injuries (such as concussions)
- Vitamin deficiencies
- And more
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Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy
Current medical treatment for neuropathy is primarily medication designed to mask the pain or reduce inflammation of the affected nerves. Unfortunately, this always falls short of a cure for the condition.
Despite heavy medication use, most patients with peripheral neuropathy are left with continuing nerve pain, numbness, or disability. With the passage of time, the condition frequently worsens to involve nerves in other areas of the body.
Treatment at Northoak Chiropractic
At Northoak Chiropractic, we take a very different approach to treating peripheral neuropathy. Our care is designed to address the cause of the neuropathy, by encouraging and accelerating the healing of the damaged nerves.
To begin with, we will address any direct pressure that may be impinging on the involved peripheral nerves. This may include spinal adjustments as well as the application of fascial release techniques along the course of the nerve.
Next, we will conduct a thorough neurologic and metabolic evaluation, including blood tests. This process allows us to identify the issues behind the neuropathy and address them accordingly so that a complete recovery is possible.
Once these barriers have been removed, specific pain-free nerve stimulation techniques are used to improve the nerve’s firing pattern, in order to significantly reduce nerve pain and promote healing.
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