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Chiropractic Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

Updated on February 10, 2015

Chiropractic Neurology Provides Relief from Peripheral Neuropathy - my 4th PN Lens

Chiropractic Neurology, a discipline of Chiropractic, uses many modalities, including spinal manipulations that correct Subluxations, to treat Peripheral Neuropathy (PN).

What is PN? Peripheral Neuropathy regards the malfunction of the distant nerves, from the bran - the nerves in our hands and feet, that carry touch and pain messages from the extremities, to the spinal cord and brain.

We recognize when our finger is near to a hot stove burner when we feel a heat sensation in our finger, and we automatically jerk away from the potential source of pain. The particular tiny, sharp pain of a sliver provokes us to remove our stockings and check a particular part of the sole of our foot.

Illustration in the Wikipedia Commons, from wikipedia

Advanced PN symptoms

pins & needles sensations

generalized foot/hand burning

a sort of vibratory tingling

numbness

sharp stabbing pain

a kind of crumpled-foil sort of cramps

Among other feelings - or lack of feelings - in feet and hands, practically speaking, these PN symptoms can mean that a slight bump to the ankle goes unnoticed, leading to wound infection that goes untreated. This happens far too often among Diabetics, especially in the elderly with lessened activity levels, who subsequently undergo amputation.

Muscle-weakness and/or muscle-wasting may lead to, or accompany, loss of balance. Up to two-thirds of Diabetics incur PN, and many of those fall due to their inability to sense the position of the body on their feet because of foot numbness, and lack of muscle tone.

When you stand up from your chair, notice the feel of your body weight on your feet as a whole, and on the soles of your feet, in particular. For any symptoms, or lack of feeling, it may be advisable to seek the opinion of your physician.

Some possible Peripheral Neuropathy causes are the following disorders, which reduce available oxygen and glucose to the body's Nervous Systems:

1. Spinal injuries such as ruptured discs, bending (or spinal stenosis), arthritis that causes degeneration of the spine

2. Toxicity, from chemotherapy, or exposure from other chemicals used in the workplace

3. Pressure on the Peripheral Nerves from conditions such as spinal stenosis

4. Anemia, and some blood sugar disorders

5. Statin, blood pressure lowering, and stomach acid regulating drugs

6. Blood sugar disorders and or undiagnosed anemias.

7. Disorders of the autoimmune system

8. HIV infections

All of the above can compromise a previously healthy Peripheral Nervous System. Age plays a roll too, as it is natural for the nervous system function to decline with age. It is all the more important that we use all measures available to us to improve the health of our Peripheral Nervous System.

Many Chiropractors treat Peripheral Neuropathy with a variety of modalities in the initial stages of treatment, followed by the use of others as improvement progresses:

Nutritional Supplements

Practices based on the Accupuncture Pressure Points

Chiropractors make selective use of Nutritional Supplements

Vital Antioxidant Creams

Individually tailored Exercises

Careful Diet Monitoring to eliminate Dietary Allergens

Vibration, Electrical Current Stimulation

and Low-level Laser Treatments, among others.

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Peripheral Nerve Damage Pain I Feel

for each individual PN is a unique combination of conditions

Not only is my experience of Peripheral Neuropathy different from your experience, but my experience of PN in my own body differs from time to time. The pain can be so confusing it feels impossible to describe.

Couple PN pain with the manifestations of ocular migraines, and it's not hard to understand when I say that I can feel different pains in my feet than in my hands (at the same time) and sometimes the PN pain is so scrambled up it's like a tangle of minuscule barbed wire in both my legs and arms.

I don't know that I ever felt the waking up feelings likened to the pins and needles experience after my arm went to sleep - after the PN manifested in my life. Yet, my providers always ask if I experience numbness in any body part. The only numbness of which I am aware is the residual numbness in my little finger, a result of a childhood injury, and since I know they are not asking about that, I always answer 'no."

Since I don't feel any numbness on the bottom of my feet - but I do sway when I walk, and I do head-for-the-floor sometimes (especially as I take a first step out the front door and turn to lock the door), as I enter or leave interior rooms, as I raise up from picking some item off the floor and turn to go put it away - only since PN became unbearable did I make the connection between these possible indications of foot numbness, and my burning stabbing pain:

Peripheral Neuropathy means one has the signs of at least one of many conditions that damage the peripheral nerves (nervous tissue other than the brain and spinal cord).

Symptoms depend on whether sensory nerves (the nerves that transmit sensory information from the body to the brain and spinal cord) or motor nerves (the nerves that transmit impulses from the brain and spinal cord to the body) are affected.

"If the sensory nerves are damaged, sensation may be diminished, lacking or abnormal. Damaged motor nerves impair movement or function. Peripheral neuropathy may be caused by direct or indirect injury, or by a systemic cause such as a metabolic disorder." from picsearch.com

Guide for Patient and Physician

A comprehensive guide for the millions who have painful and disabling peripheral neuropathy. Covered are causes, symptoms, tests and treatments - both conventional and alternative - and ways of coping day to day. The book is written from a patient's point of view with over 200 patient comments on treatments.

There are also special sections for those with diabetic or HIV-related neuropathies (up to half in these groups are affected), as well as reports on experimental drugs in the pipeline. Inputs from 12 leading neurologists have been incorporated.

Vitamin B Complex Supplements Quiet Pain

Some Physicians Treat with Supplements

Nerve Support Formula for the Nutritional Support of Peripheral Neuropathy and Nerve Pain Relief, 120 Capsules
Nerve Support Formula for the Nutritional Support of Peripheral Neuropathy and Nerve Pain Relief, 120 Capsules

Relief from the symptoms of nerve damage no matter what the cause.

The maker claims that one can safely & naturally reduce or entirely eliminate the pain and discomfort caused by neuropathy without drugs or medications, meaning a significant reduction in neuropathy symptoms.

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My PN Chiropractic Provider

To me it's vitally important to find the right fit with a doctor, and, unless the appointment taker betrays an overbearing tone over the phone, it requires an initial evaluation appointment for me to evaluate the doctor.

I am completely comfortable with my chiropractor. She exudes a gentle tone and manner which exudes confidence. Her practice is folded into the practice of a doctor with whom I am already familiar, but since I prefer a female practitioner, for religious reasons, I chose her.

I selected my current chiropractor after an initial intake appointment with a doctor who specializes on Peripheral Neuropathy treatment. This man could be selling the secret to eternal youth, so glowing was his unlined middle-aged skin, so energetic his walk, and so upbeat his personality.

But on his internet video I could not perceive his intensity, that bordered on desperation. When I learned that my up-front cost for a series of nearly four dozen treatments was a hefty 5,500, I felt desperately poor. And when I learned that he would knock 20% off that total, for prepayment, I was nearly spinning on my barbed-wire feet!

Her patience and thoroughness, during the evaluation, instilled in me a patience I'd not felt since the onslaught of The Tyranny of My PN. I hate to claim an illness by calling it mine, but in this case I truly felt imprisoned by the Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms.

I was desperate for release from my dependency on Gabapentin (a prescription drug which only masks pain - does nothing to treat the cause), and the breakthrough pains. My chiropractor offered manageable pricing, and a full scope of treatments, with the promise to refer me for extraneous procedures deemed necessary as my symptoms subside. In her office I feel none of the pressure I felt in the first doctor's office.

Since I had already discovered the ReBuilder and Oxygen Therapy, books, and other strategies, I was at first disappointed that I wasn't deemed a ready candidate for the devices. But my chiropractor determined that my body was seriously suffering from two contributory conditions: oxygen starvation, and toxicity from a decade of the Gabapentin-diet.

For these, she prescribed that I focus my attention on my breathing, remembering especially deep-breathing techniques, and pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplements, along with a super antioxidant rich cream, and manipulation.

I eagerly applied the cream and quickly became an adherent to it's use, feeling a small measure of relief in m hands and feet. I don't know how to evaluate the supplements, but since I've taken (mostly always pharmaceutical grade) fish oil, that's a sure-fire healthy food, to me.

I think maybe it will help me to remember to breathe deeply again. When intense pain grips a person, it's natural to hold the breath anyway, and it had become habitual for me, over the last years, as the pain broke through the prescription drug's effects to tamp it down.

Spinal manipulations seem innocuous to me, so I feel neutral about them, but I do anticipate reaping the benefits that are part and parcel of the treatment. I have a couple sore places, so maybe I'll notice a quieting of those symptoms during treatments.

photo by Tomwsulcer en.wikipedia.org

Alpha Lipoic Acid is Vital for Nerve Health

Here's The Device I Bought to Treat PN

It's still new, used only one time. I'm using the Gentle Mode, to let my nerves adjust to the stimulations. Having suffered this peripheral neuropathy condition for years, I'm eager to see results. You might want to give it a try.

Have You Used Supplements & Vitamins for Peripheral Neuropathy Healing?

Do you prefer pills or natural supplements to treat Peripheral Neuropathy?

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Raise Public Awareness about Neuropathy

make the waters of communication calm, like silk, then speak (I say that)

“I admit I feel like a silly monkey sitting with a smile on my face, politely telling people that I am in unbearable pain,"”

says David Berg, who writes on painOnline, "but such forced courtesy allows me to find a square peg which will fit into the round hole.”

Berg reminds us of how gracefully Christopher Reeve presented the facts of his story, pointing out with clarity, the truth that if we are fortunate enough to nab the attention of a gracious listener, we would best lend our most gentle thoughts into their ears.

Like bees to honey, our tender words can attract those who can help our cause, to foster awareness of the pains of Peripheral Neuropathy, or "Central Pain," as he calls this phenomenon.

My Successful Treatment

How Treatment Works for Me

Keep Up With My Progress

In addition to chiropractic treatments, exercises and prescribed supplements, I am Using the ReBuilder

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I have had great success with acupuncture for my PN. I have PN from a fall, which resulted in tingling all over my body, face, head, toes ~ everywhere ~ there is nothing that doesn't tingle. It's been almost five years, and 2 six weeks of acupuncture over the years has really helped. With a very low dose of neurontin, it is very manageable. I would like to have another six weeks of acupuncture ~ that's really great relief, and maybe after this series, it will go away! Thanks for the public awareness! Squid Angel Blessed B : )

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      OMGacademy 4 years ago

      I love my chiro... He has saved me from soo many injuries!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I'm sorry to hear you have PN and particularly the cause. I'm glad that the chiropractor has helped. I go for scoliosis and I find that it helps.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this helpful info. blessed :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      You are turning a negative into such a positive by sharing your experiences and advice to others. Blessed.

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Thank you so much for sharing your story and the many treatment options! I have PN too as one of the many symptoms of Lyme Disease, so I know what you're going through! I had Gabapentin too, not anymore, I now have Lyrica. It takes away the sharp edges of the pain. I keep on having a positive attitude and am saving money for the right treatment! I wish you good luck on your way to recovery!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @darkflowers: Thank you so much. If I hadn't found the ReBuilder I'm afraid I'd still be taking gabapentin. But it muddied up my thinking to such a degree that I would do anything to prevent needing to take it. I'm sorry you are dealing with this condition too and I hope you find a way to start the nerves healing.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      I started going back to a chiropractor about 2 months ago. A new one opened up with a monthly subscription plan, unlimited adjustments for $79 so I couldn't turn it down. What I thought was mainly plantar fasciitis I believe now is also PN, in two months my balance is improved, my gait is more natural and it doesn't take endless stretches in the morning to walk across the room.

      I feel like my body is gradually waking up and starting to communicate with itself again. Good lens.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: Wow, that's an amazing deal with your chiropractor. I'm so glad you found someone who could help uncover the problem and offer a solution. Makes a huge difference, doesn't it. I still find people are skeptical about my claims that it was chiro treatment plus the ReBuilder that healed me. Thank you.

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