Alternative Neuropathy Treatment
Neuropathy, short for peripheral neuropathy, is the name given to a set of symptoms that affect the peripheral nervous system. These symptoms can include tingling, numbness, or loss of sensation in the extremities (sensory nerves), muscle weakness (motor nerves), or even some less recognizable symptoms including abnormal sweating patterns, dizziness/fainting when standing up, or eyes having a difficult time adjusting from light to dark (autonomic nerves.) To understand what causes these symptoms, you must understand that peripheral neuropathy is not a disease, but rather signs of another problem in the body which is affecting or damaging the outlying nerves.
Think of your spine (which houses the central nervous system) as a tree trunk and the peripheral nerves as the tree branches and leaves. When the tree trunk is compromised, it will begin having difficulty receiving, processing and distributing nutrients throughout the tree. The first symptom you’ll notice is that the leaves will start drying up, starting at the tip, followed by the branches, progressively working its way back toward the trunk, or central hub.
In the same way, when your spine isn’t aligned to allow optimal functioning in the central nervous system, your nerves will have difficulty sending and receiving signals through the body to be processed and sent up into the brain. Neuropathy symptoms typically start from the toes and feet or fingers and hands because they are the furthest away from your spinal column and harder to reach.
In many cases, receiving chiropractic care can help alleviate pain and symptoms caused by peripheral neuropathy. Relieving pressure on the nerves in the spine can open up the communication between the peripheral nervous system, central nervous system and the brain. Opening these pathways, along with a healthy diet, can also aid your body in healing any damage caused by nutritional deficiencies, outside toxins, or toxic insulin overload (such as in the case of type 2 diabetes).
Many people have had success treating their neuropathy with chiropractic therapy. Contact one of our convenient offices today to see what we can do for you!