Do you suffer with nerve pain?
If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, sensitivity to even light touch, experience unexplained weakness, poor coordination and/or balance…. the answer to that question is… possibly yes. These symptoms are consistent with irritated or damaged nerve(s) also known as a neuropathy.
Nerve damage has many causes, including repetitive strain injuries, diabetes, vitamin B deficiencies, viral infection and autoimmune disease.
Nerve damage can affect almost every part of the body. Did you know that there are more than 100 types of neuropathy, including:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Peroneal, ulnar, nerve palsy
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Bell’s palsy
- Post-shingles neuropathy
- And many more
You are at risk for neuropathy, if you:
- Have a sedentary job.
- Perform repetitive activities, (computer work, etc).
- Have poor nutrition.
- Have diabetes.
- Have viral infections or an autoimmune disease.
Common medical intervention relies on pain, seizure and/or depression medication to relieve symptoms, with often limited results. If you are among the “medicated, with limited results” group, there are other options, that can significantly improve your quality of life and independence.
Natural treatment options can be used to:
- Provide or boost pain relief
- Restore function
- Prevent further nerve deterioration
- Support/maintain good general health
- Provide for long term independence
Within our clinic, a typical treatment plan for neuropathy includes:
- A good assessment to determine which nerves are irritated, or damaged, and based on findings, an individual treatment plan may include:
- Low intensity laser, supported by research to improve sensation and decrease pain and useful for both sensory and motor nerve symptoms
- Acupuncture, particularly with sensory nerve irritation/damage
- Joint mobilization
- Muscle rehab, stretch & strengthen
- Balance re-training
Because poor nutrition, diabetes, viral infection and autoimmune disease are risk factors for neuropathy, improving and restoring functional health is also a priority.
We know how long-standing nerve pain affects your life and have the tools and the expertise to help. If you have any questions, reach out… book a free 15 minute telephone consult with one of our physiotherapists. Get your questions answered and trust that we are here to help you get healthy and mobile again.
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