Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage to the peripheral nerves in your body, the nerves that carry messages to and from the brain. Peripheral nerves contain both large fibers covered with a type of insulation and very thin, small, uninsulated fibers. The large fibers job is to carry messages from the brain telling muscles to move. Small fibers transmit sensory information from external stimulus such as pain, heat, and cold.
People with peripheral neuropathy usually have damage to the small fibers. They often experience tingling, numbness, or burning pain in their hands or feet. Over time, the nerves lose their blood supply due to constriction which causes them to degenerate. They start sending abnormal signals to the brain. Without treatment, numbness and weakness begin to occur as the condition progresses. Once sensation is lost in the feet, balance problems start to occur and you may be at risk of falling.
What Are the Causes?
Neuropathy is often caused by diabetes but can also happen for other reasons such as injury or genetics. Sometimes the cause is unknown. Your doctor may recommend medications such as Gabapentin or Lyrica but these often provide limited relief.
Common Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
• B12 Deficiency
• Kidney Disease
• Toxins or Infections
Neuropathy Symptoms CAN be Relieved!
Your doctor may have told you that you’ll just have to live with your neuropathy symptoms but we can help you find relief! At Inner Light Wellness Acupuncture we offer advanced, state of the art acupuncture and non-acupuncture solutions to help YOUR neuropathy symptoms.
Can Nerve Fibers Be Repaired?
According to Harvard Neurologist Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander “The peripheral nerves keep growing throughout life. Just like broken bones, nerves will heal and regrow if you can remove the source of injury and protect them while they heal.”
Three Questions to Ask About Neuropathy
1) What is the underlying cause?
2) How much nerve damage has been sustained?
3) How much treatment will be required?
First we will provide a comprehensive neurological and vascular exam to determine the extent of injury to the nerves. Then we will discuss a treatment plan customized for YOUR neuropathy symptoms based on the length of time you’ve had symptoms and the degree of loss you’re experiencing.
Three Treatment Goals
1) Increase blood flow
2) Stimulate nerve fibers
3) Decrease brain based pain
Our pioneering ATP Resonance BioTherapy combined with customized Neuro-acupuncture treatment has been shown to increase circulation and speed the body’s own innate capacity for healing and recovery. Margaret has a 90% success rate in reducing or eliminating common neuropathy symptoms.