What Is Peripheral Neuropathy and How Your Chiropractor Can Help
Your central nervous system consists of your brain and spinal cord. The spinal cord transmits messages from your body to the brain, and the brain then interprets those messages. The peripheral nervous system contains all of the nerves outside the central nervous system. The role of the peripheral nervous system is to connect your internal organs, skin, and limbs to the central nervous system. Sometimes, the peripheral nerves become damaged or diseased, causing pain and sensitivity. Chiropractor Dr. Bruce Berns at LI Integrated in Ronkonkoma, NY, can help to manage the pain and treat its underlying cause.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where nerves in this system get diseased or damaged. This results in poor communication between parts of the body and your brain. This can cause pain, diminished muscle movement, numbness, and tingling.
Carpal tunnel is a well-known type of peripheral neuropathy. Other common types are the result of having diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy can also be caused by an accident, repetitive motion injuries, compression due to sitting and lying in bed for extended periods, vitamin deficiency, alcoholism, medications, or a side-effect of a disease.
What Are the Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?
- High sensitivity to touch
- Throbbing and sharp pain
- Numbness and tingling sensations
- Weakness or lack of control of muscles
- Function of organs are affected
How Your Chiropractor Can Help You to Manage Peripheral Neuropathy
How your chiropractor addresses your issue will largely depend on the cause of your neuropathy. An exam will have to be performed to determine the source of the symptoms. Your skilled chiropractor will use treatment methods to address the cause and to help the peripheral nerves involved. Such treatments can also help to minimize nerve damage.
If your nerve pain is caused by tight muscles and inflammation, then your chiropractor will use methods to help your muscles to relax or to lessen the inflammation. This will relieve pressure on the nerves involved and allow them to function normally. Carpal tunnel is a good example where this treatment plan is effective.
If your pain is joint or disc-related, then getting the joint or disc back into its proper alignment will relieve pressure on the nerve. In addition, your chiropractor will help you to build strength in the proper muscles to hold the joint or disc in place.
As part of a whole-body treatment, your chiropractor will talk to you about your work and other life habits. They also will help you to make sure that your nutrition intake is helpful in supporting your peripheral nervous system.
Dr. Bruce Berns - 30 Years of Professional Chiropractic Care
New patients at LI Integrated in Ronkonkoma, NY, receive a free consultation. If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, give us a call today at (631) 738 9539 and schedule a consultation. Our experienced staff is ready to help to relieve your pain.