Whether it’s the burning sensation and numbness that accompanies peripheral neuropathy, the unbearable stabbing pain from post-herpetic neuralgia, or the paralysis and facial drooping from Bell’s palsy, acupuncture can help!
Peripheral neuropathy comes as a result of damage to the nerves that carry the message to and from the brain and spinal cord from and to the rest of the body. The most common symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy are burning, tingling pain, which often feels like sharp electric sensation.
Other not-so-fun symptoms include numbness or sensitivity to pain or temperature, burning or prickling sensation, sharp burning pain or cramps, extreme sensitivity to light touch, loss of balance and coordination, and muscle weakness to name a few.
Walking, especially on hard or cold surfaces can be particularly painful, often described as walking on ground glass or stepping on pebbles. When large nerve fibers are involved, patients are more likely to experience sensory loss and weakness in the feet and sometimes hands.
Types of Neuropathy Acupuncture has great success with:
- Peripheral Neuropathy (diabetic or idiopathic)
- Chemotherapy Induced Induced Peripheral Neuropathy or CIPN:
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Post Herpetic Neuralgia and shingles
- Bell’s Palsy
- Migraine Headaches
- Central Neuropathic Pain Syndrome: damage to the CNS or spinal nerves from trauma or conditions like Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease
- Compression mononeuropathy: carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment, and femoral nerve dysfunction all fall into this category
- Thoracic and Lumbar radiculopathy
- Unilateral foot drop (compression of the peroneal nerve)
How Does Acupuncture Help Neuropathy?
Acupuncture for neuropathy works by increasing and stimulating blood flow in the limbs effectively repairing the damaged
nerves. This also helps to to stimulate blood vessels for regrowth and provide the peripheral nerves with the proper
nutrients to heal and repair. For patients with peripheral neuropathy, the goal is to re-stimulate damaged nerve fibers and
prevent them from dying off — that’s where acupuncture can really make a difference
Acupuncture is really good at restoring blood flow and stimulating the body’s nerve pathways. It can also help with nerve regeneration and preservation. If there has been nerve damage or diminished sensation, we target treatment in these area to re-stimulate those nerve fibers.
Studies also show that acupuncture is an effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy, with fewer side effects than
medications. The idea is to prevent disease by keeping the nerves active and engaged.
Let us help you live pain free!
*The number of treatments needed to allow the nerves to fully recover will vary from person to person and can only be determined after a comprehensive consultation and detailed neurological evaluation.
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