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Peripheral Neuropathy: Learning to Thrive



Peripheral neuropathy can affect any of us at any time, and so many factors (diabetes, an old injury, changes in diet, cancer treatment) can cause its painful symptoms. The tingling, burning, numbness, pain, or even the difficulty regulating temperature can come and go, or they might cause long-term discomfort that affects our daily lives. It can sound like a lot to take in, not to mention a lot to manage, but I have a few tips to help you take charge of your peripheral neuropathy and thrive once again!


Exercise


That's right! A little movement can go a long way when dealing with the pain of peripheral neuropathy. You might think that taking it easy and laying low with your fitness routine is the way to go when you're faced with the frustrating symptoms that peripheral neuropathy can bring about, but exercise reduces pressure on peripheral blood vessels, which is a huge benefit to people who have been struggling with painful symptoms. Additionally, exercise can also help combat several health issues that cause neuropathy. For instance, diabetes can lead to peripheral neuropathy...exercise helps the body manage blood sugar levels, which may reduce the risk of diabetes and its complications.


Eat Well


If "exercise" is a recommendation on a list of healthy tips and tricks, there is a good chance that "eat well" will follow it. As you can see, this list is no different!


What type of food and which "eat well" tips should you focus on? Consider these:

  • Antioxidant-rich foods, like blueberries, walnuts, flaxseed oil, and fatty fish can help combat inflammation in your body

  • Eating food that is rich in fiber, or nutritious food that your body absorbs slowly, like vegetables, fruits and nuts

  • Eating fewer than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day

  • Limiting saturated and trans fats

  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol intake


Say No to Smoking!


Smoking is a major risk factor for peripheral neuropathy because it narrows and damages peripheral blood vessels. It can also worsen symptoms of the nerve damage--even when another condition or lifestyle factor is the primary cause of the neuropathy.

Quitting smoking can improve blood flow, leading to healthier blood vessels, and improve your overall health.


Acupuncture


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 been able to thrive once again and live life without the pain and frustration 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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