Peripheral neuropathy is a condition involving the peripheral nerves, or nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, that carry important information about temperature, pressure and proprioception, have been damaged. Common symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning or shooting pain, difficulty mobilizing and even maintaining balance. Most cases of neuropathy are idiopathic, or caused by an unknown source.
However, there are a number of secondary causes of peripheral neuropathy, which is why thorough history must be obtained at the Chiropractic office. Some of the secondary causes include diabetes, nerve entrapment due to inflammation in the body, nerve compression near the spinal cord due to protrusion of a vertebral disc, stenosis or compression of a vertebral disc, medication use such as statin drugs and chemotherapy, vascular disorders, nutritional deficiency such as B12, folic acid and other minerals involved in nerve transmission support, certain autoimmune disorders, and thyroid imbalances.
Depending on the specific needs of the patient, Chiropractic care can include spinal adjustments to increase communication between the nerves of the brain and spinal cord with the peripheral nerves of the body and to also decrease nerve compression near the spine, nutritional and supplement counseling to ensure the body is receiving proper nutrients needed for adequate nerve function, far infrared sauna that utilizes far infrared energy to help increase blood circulation to the nerves and tissues of the body further promoting nerve conduction, decreasing inflammation and allows the body to heal damaged nerves, and soft tissue mobilization to help decrease inflammation in surrounding musculature.
Contact your Eugene Chiropractic team today for more information!