Living with chronic pain can be debilitating, frustrating, and just plain stressful for our minds and bodies. Pain is your body communicating to yourself that something is wrong and needs attention. A common cause of chronic pain is a condition called neuropathy. There are several different types of neuropathy, including diabetic, peripheral, chemotherapy-induced, and small fiber among others. Neuropathy is in short, nerve damage. Causes of nerve damage can be wide-ranging, but most symptoms show as numbness or tingling especially in the arms, hands, and feet. Symptoms also include muscle weakness or loss, burning sensation in extremities, sensitivity to touch, stabbing pain, bladder or bowel control issues, coordination difficulties, and loss of balance. Because of the decrease in sensation in the hands and feet, long-term neuropathy sufferers often can have serious injuries to their extremities including wounds, infection, and fractures of the bones.
Although at first our instincts may tell us ignore pain to see if it just goes away, preventing nerve damage from chronic pain is an important thing to remember. Medications simply cover the symptoms of pain, numbness or weakness but does not address the underlying cause of these symptoms. Chiropractic care can help with all types of neuropathy. Chiropractic targets the body as a whole unit, bringing all systems into alignment and regulation, including the nervous system, which can eliminate the condition itself instead of just the pain and numbness that accompanies it. When the body is being treated with its overall health in mind rather than just one problem area, symptoms of many problems or conditions can be reduced or eliminated at once.
A recent study was published following a male patient who had been suffering from chronic low back, leg and foot pain, along with associated neuropathy in the lower extremities. He had been under physical therapy for 13 months and his condition had worsened. He sought chiropractic care and found that not only did he have several subluxations (misalignments in the neck and spine), but his hips were so uneven that his legs appeared to be two different lengths. His body had been under such stress for so long that instead of being distributed throughout the body, the subluxations were placing all stress on certain areas and they eventually became overworked and you have neuropathy as a result. After just 2 adjustments, the patient reported improvement in sensation in the legs and feet and less pain. Amazingly after just 4 adjustments this patient reported almost complete pain relief and was able to return to normal activities and reported an overall improvement of enjoyment of life! Thanks to chiropractic care and working to uncover the root of the problem the body was able to heal itself.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson
MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC
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Russell, D., BSc (Psych), DC, Cert TT, & Doyle, M., BSc (Neuro). (2018). RESOLUTION OF LOWER LIMB NEUROPATHY AND IMPORVED PHYSICAL FUNCTIONING IN AN 18-YEAR OLD MALE CRICKETER RECEIVING CHIROPRACTIC CARE: A CASE REPORT. Chiropractic Journal of Australia. 46(2), 162-171.