No, we’re not talking about the sensation when you bite into a York Peppermint Patty – we’re talking about the tingling or numbness in your hands or feet called neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition that results from damage to the peripheral nervous system. The damage can come from trauma (injury or repetitive stress) or disease (autoimmune, diabetes, cancer among many others.) It is estimated that 20 million people in the United States suffer from neuropathy, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. [link to: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Peripheral-Neuropathy-Fact-Sheet] If you’re one of them, then you know how frustrating – and sometimes even painful – neuropathy can be. While many people experience tingling like “pins and needles” others experience a painful burning sensation that can make everyday life difficult. The sensations can be intermittent or long-lasting, usually depending upon the severity of the nerve damage.
To treat neuropathy, you first want to look at the cause. Could it be caused by something as simple as toxin exposure or vitamin deficiencies? You can first try adjusting your lifestyle to see if it lessens your symptoms. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet, detoxing and avoiding toxin exposure, increasing your vitamin B12 intake, and limiting alcohol consumption can all help reduce neuropathy symptoms. Our amazing peripheral nerves have the ability to regenerate axons, as long as the cell itself has not been killed. Over time as the causes are lessened or eliminated, your nerves will begin to regain function.
If you’ve tried those options and still have symptoms of neuropathy, then it may be time to look into other medical treatments. Though some will advocate for high-powered steroids or other prescription medications, you can be certain that introducing those medications to your body, while it might help one problem, will cause more problems through side-effects and chemical stress to your body. We recommend seeking a trained chiropractor who specializes in keeping your nervous system healthy and functioning at optimal nerve communication levels by eliminating structural hindrances, often called subluxations. If you happen to be in the Palm Beach, Florida area, we hope you’ll call Palm Beach Health Center at 561.422.4396. Our professional, caring doctor and staff will conduct a thorough evaluation to see what treatments and therapies will work best for your unique situation. There’s no need to continue to suffer from neuropathy symptoms. We can help you achieve true health naturally!