Are you constantly feeling sharp pains, numbness and tingling and even muscle weakness down into your fingers and toes? How is your overall health? Have you seen a doctor lately? If not, you might want to be checked for neuropathy. Tackling peripheral neuropathy can be challenging. For this week’s blog, we are going to discuss what peripheral neuropathy is, how to prevent it, and how to manage it with chiropractic care.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is damage that occurs to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord that leaves patients with symptoms such as numbness, tingling, sharp, stabbing, burning pains, and muscle weakness. Neuropathy can also affect the Autonomic Nervous System which can result in other symptoms such as heat intolerance, excessive sweating and changes in bowel, bladder and digestive problems. In order to be properly diagnosed with neuropathy, a complete and full neurological examination and nerve test needs to be performed.There are so many different risk factors for neuropathy, but the most common ones include diabetes, traumatic events, nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism, autoimmune diseases, infections, tumors, certain medications, etc.
How Do You Prevent Peripheral Neuropathy?
Just like many other conditions, you prevent getting that issue by avoiding the risk factors. In this case, to prevent neuropathy, exercise regularly, eat healthy with the proper nutrients, vitamins and minerals and limit alcoholic beverages. In return, doing these things will reduce your chances of getting infections and having the need for medications. However, in some cases such as tumors and autoimmune diseases, sometimes these could happen from unknown causes. The best thing to do in these circumstances are to monitor by getting regular checkups from your primary care provider and follow the recommendations given to manage these conditions and put into remission.
How Do You Manage Peripheral Neuropathy With Chiropractic Care?
When individuals are diagnosed with neuropathy, doctors will typically prescribe them with medications and topical treatments to help with pain, but there are patients that want an alternative root in the healing process. Unfortunately, neuropathy is typically there once you have it, however, it can be managed and put in remission with proper care. One of the most important things to do in tackling peripheral neuropathy is having proper nutrition and getting the right abundance of vitamins and minerals to help enhance nerve function. As for chiropractors, the chiropractic adjustment will still remove any unwanted nerve interference and allow the body to function properly. At Wilkins Spinal Care, we off the most up to date technology to help manage neuropathy patients. We place these patients on a machine similar to electric muscle stimulation, however, no muscle contraction should be produced allowing the treatment to penetrate deeper through tissue changing the biochemical factors of the body giving a positive response. Over the years, we have successfully made long time suffering neuropathy patients pain free and living life to the fullest and we would love to do the same for you!