Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe various injuries and diseases of the nervous system. When one or more nerves are damaged and unable to properly send and receive signals from the brain, numbness, tingling, weakness and burning sensations are often experienced, and without treatment, these symptoms can get worse.
Peripheral Neuropathy Causes and Symptoms
Peripheral neuropathy, in its most basic form, is nerve damage to one or more nerves that is caused by disease, a repetitive motion injury or a sudden injury. It is classified into two categories, depending on the damaging and number of affected areas, including mononeuropathy and polyneuropathy. Mononeuropathy affects one nerve and usually occurs after an accident or from repetitive motion. Carpel tunnel is an example of mononeuropathy.
Polyneuropathy affects multiple nerves at the same time. It can be the result of toxin exposure, consuming low nutrient foods, alcoholism, certain types of medications and diseases and cancers as well as diabetes.
Both types of neuropathy cause numbness, tingling, loss of feeling and weakness.
Chiropractic Care for Peripheral Neuropathy for Harrisburg, Hershey, Progress, Colonial Park, Lower Paxton, and Grantville, PA
Chiropractic care can help identify nerve damage and treat and reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. In fact, the goal of chiropractic care is to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms and treat that cause, which results in faster and better outcomes.
For neuropathy that is the result of sudden or repetitive motion injuries, our chiropractor in Harrisburg identifies the injury, affected nerve and degree of damage then recommend a course of treatment. Potential treatments for Harrisburg, Hershey, Progress, Colonial Park, Lower Paxton, and Grantville, PA include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy and wellness care.
For neuropathy that is caused by nutrition deficiencies or chronic ailments, including diabetes and generative ailments, our chiropractor recommends courses of treatment that improve nutrition and help increase the function of the nerves.
Chiropractic adjustments are effective at realigning the joints in the extremities and back. When the joints are out of alignment, it can put pressure on the nerves, which interrupts the signals sent and received by the brain.
Excessively tight or inflamed muscles can also compress the nerves and cause irritation. Massage therapy can relax the muscles, improve blood flow throughout the body and aid chiropractic adjustments. This reduces overall pain and stress, while facilitating your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Nutritional deficiencies, especially low levels of vitamin B, can contribute to peripheral neuropathy. This can occur due to an addiction, like alcoholism, or from eating a diet exceptionally poor in macro and micronutrients. Our wellness care program can help identify the areas of your diet that need improvement and suggest certain foods that will increase your vitamin B levels. Additionally, adopting a healthier diet can improve your energy levels and help you sleep better and lose excess weight, which can also improve your symptoms and decrease recovery time.