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How Chiropractors Help Peripheral Neuropathy 

 August 31, 2012

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Mechanicsville Virginia Chiropractor – If you have been suffering from constant or intermittent pain or have felt tingling or numbness in your extremities that just won’t go away no matter how much ibuprofen you take, you may be suffering from peripheral neuropathy. An estimated three to eight percent of the population suffers from this disease, a condition in which the signals traveling between the body and the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) are interrupted, causing sensations ranging from pain to burning, tingling and numbness, and can also involve weakness and wasting of the muscles. It is particularly prevalent among those who have diabetes and becomes more common as we age.

Although nerve damage can be tricky to treat, some forms of the condition are easier to treat than others. Peripheral neuropathy caused by diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, AIDS and cancer are the most difficult. However, a significant percentage of cases are due to more easily treatable causes such as vitamin deficiencies and compressed or trapped nerves, as a result of subluxations. All of the above can be helped to a lesser or greater extent by applying a variety of treatment options; among the most useful of these are an improvement in diet and receiving regular chiropractic care.

Getting oxygen and nutrients to damaged nerves is key in treating peripheral neuropathy, which is why eating plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and antioxidants is important. Often supplementation is necessary to fill the gap between our standard American diet and the level of nutrients needed in conditions like neuropathy.  These will feed the nerves and help to destroy the free radicals that cause damage to the body’s cells, leading to an interference with nerve transmission.

Neuropathy of the arms and legs is the second most common ailment treated by chiropractors, according to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. When the vertebral joints of the spine begin to degenerate, called subluxation degeneration, (which is common as we get older, though not caused by age in and of itself) it can press on the roots of the spinal nerves, causing the classic symptoms of neuropathy. Chiropractors are trained to relieve this pressure, performing spinal adjustments to bring the vertebrae back into alignment, releasing trapped or compressed nerves.

At Stover Chiropractic, P.C., I practice Orthospinology which is an upper cervical technique.  Please visit http://www.chirocorrection.com/stoverchiropractic to see visual animations to help explain the power of these corrections.  We also have cold laser, or low level laser therapy, which is helpful for neuropathy.

Some chiropractors also use extra-spinal adjustments which help release nerves that may have become impinged by fascia or adhesions (connective tissue) in the extremities.

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2004, chiropractic adjustments, “with or without exercise, improved symptoms more than medical care did after both 3 and 12 months.” And in 2008, the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine reported that “patients showed an 85.5% resolution of the nerve symptoms after only 9 chiropractic treatments.”

Chiropractic is a safe, gentle and drug-free treatment that is effective in dealing with many cases of peripheral neuropathy. Your chiropractor can evaluate your particular situation and recommend a course of treatment that is right for you.  Please give us a call to schedule an appointment or ask us any questions you might have.

Stover Chiropractic, P.C.

Real. Simple. Healthcare.

 

 

Location:

We are located at 9097 Atlee Station Road in Mechanicsville, Virginia, 23111.  This is a Hanover county address, but we are minutes from Glenn Allen, Innsbrook, Sandston, and Varina.  We also serve many people from King William and New Kent Counties.  Our close proximity to I295 means we are very easy to reach from anywhere in the Richmond Metro area.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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