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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Johnson

Acupuncture for Peripheral Neuropathy

Are you experiencing a sudden sensitivity to touch? Do you have numbness or that pesky "pins and needles" feeling that you just can't shake? Are you having trouble regulating hot and cold? Has a burning sensation in your hands and feet seemingly appeared out of nowhere? If you or someone you know can answer "yes" to any or all of these questions, keep reading--these could all be signs of peripheral neuropathy.

Root Causes

What is peripheral neuropathy, you ask? Peripheral neuropathy can be viewed as an umbrella term for nerve diseases that affect a specific subdivision of your nervous system. It occurs when the nerves that are located outside of the brain and spinal cord (the peripheral nerves) are damaged. This condition often causes weakness and numbness and pain--usually in the hands and feet.

A lot of different conditions can cause the nerve damage that brings about peripheral neuropathy, which means that it can affect patients of any age. As a result, a wide range of symptoms is possible. Since our nervous systems are unique, the way–and also where–peripheral neuropathy presents itself can truly vary quite a bit from person to person. Various factors--from traumatic injuries to infections, genetics to cancer treatments--can result in peripheral neuropathy. One of the most common causes of neuropathy is diabetes. I've even treated patients who had peripheral neuropathy from old work-related injuries and even poor posture!

Regardless of why it appears, neuropathy can affect different nerves, from the sensory nerves responsible for registering sensations (like hot, cold, painful and soft) to motor nerves that control movement. If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, you probably know all too well the pain, burning, tingling and even the lack of mobility that it can bring about.

Acupuncture for the Win

Acupuncture is one of the most common and trusted methods of treatment for individuals with nerve pain and neuropathy. While certain medications can help manage the pain of peripheral neuropathy, they don’t often change the underlying problem. Sometimes medications or other strategies can have painful side effects, as well.

Because of acupuncture’s focus on strengthening muscles and increasing blood flow, as well as my commitment to holistic health, patients just like you have achieved freedom from the pain of peripheral neuropathy.

If you are experiencing any numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, schedule an appointment today to help treat the neuropathy. Acupuncture can help you manage neuropathy symptoms so you can stay active, have less pain, and continue to live your life without restriction.

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