Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition of the nerves. Often developing in the hands or feet (peripheral refers to the exterior or extremities) but can develop in other areas of the body as well. The pain this condition causes, stems from false signals being sent to the brain from damaged or malfunctioning nerves. According to studies by the National Institute of Health, approximately 190 million people suffer from neuropathy around the world.
Dr. Chuck Osuagwu of the Centerville Medical Center is board certified in internal medicine, helping his patients achieve healthier, longer lives through comprehensive recovery methods. Living with peripheral neuropathy can be challenging as you try to live with the pain and discomfort it causes.
Neuropathy commonly occurs as a symptom of diabetes but is also attributed to metabolic issues, infections, or a traumatic injury that damages the nerves. Dr.Chuck recommends the following 5 ways to manage your neuropathy, which if done correctly can help restore your quality of life.
If you are looking for ways to reduce or prevent the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, then the following recommendations should be incorporated into your life as soon as possible. They will need to become a regular part of your life, as they will encourage the health of the nerves in your body and help prevent further damage that can worsen your condition. The methods for managing symptoms are as follows:
Your daily routine could be causing additional damage and worsening the state of your neuropathy. Repetitive and recurring movements and motions, or sitting for extended periods with improper posture can lead to nerve damage. By stopping or correcting the form with which you perform movements, you can eliminate some of the risks of nerve damage.
Excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco may also exacerbate your condition. By eliminating them from your daily life, you give yourself the greatest chance at mitigating or reversing nerve damage.
Speak with a doctor or nutritionist about what nutrition plan can help with your condition. This isn’t so much of a weight loss plan, although that is highly beneficial as well. Instead, you should be eating foods that are known to support the health of your nervous system and encourage healthy nerve function. You should follow nutrition plans that are high in vitamin B-12, which can include a healthy variety of fruits, vegetables, and lean forms of omega-rich protein such as fish or eggs.
Routine exercise is one of the foundations of a healthy life. Training your respiratory, cardiovascular, circulatory, and nervous systems all at once, regular exercise grants you benefits that extend throughout the body. Even exercising three times a week for 30-60 minutes can benefit your health and act as a preventative measure.
Sessions with a physical therapist can help stimulate the extremities, encouraging better circulation and blood flow throughout the body. It can also be a great way to encourage better posture habits and reinforce the structure of the body. Everything works much more efficiently when it is functioning as normal.
If you are experiencing neuropathy as a symptom of diabetes, which the vast majority of diabetic patients will, the best option for you is to do your absolute best to regulate your diabetic condition. Neuropathy begins to develop as your blood sugar level reaches high levels over an extended period of time.
At Centerville Medical Center, we utilize a method known as electrical cell signaling therapy to treat patients with neuropathy. This method uses electrical frequencies between the range of (4000-20000hz) to retrain and help the nervous system heal. The entire process takes between 30-45 minutes, is completely painless and non-invasive.
These specific frequencies are known to block pain receptors, reduce inflammation, provide treatment quickly, efficiently, and painlessly. Some of the recommendations listed above may be used in conjunction with EST for greater long-term results.
Neuropathy can be managed, with proper care and guidance you can reduce or eliminate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. If you have questions about neuropathy and therapy options that are available, reach out to the specialists at Centerville Medical Center today! Call our offices to speak with a representative from our team, or schedule a consultation online!