Neuropathy, which is a condition characterized by nerve damage, can cause a variety of symptoms, such as numbness, tingling, and pain, especially in the hands and feet. While different things can cause neuropathy, diabetes is a common culprit.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and the chiropractic care team at Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, California, wants to increase awareness about the profound impact neuropathy can have on a sufferer’s quality of life and how chiropractic care can help.
Chiropractic care primarily focuses on the alignment of the spine, which, in turn, can influence the central nervous system. By ensuring proper spinal alignment, chiropractic adjustments can enhance nerve conductivity and function.
This is especially crucial for neuropathy patients, as improved nerve function can reduce the severity of their symptoms, offering them relief from the persistent discomfort associated with the condition.
Restricted blood flow can exacerbate neuropathic symptoms, especially in patients with diabetes. Chiropractic adjustments can help improve circulation, ensuring that essential nutrients reach the nerves. With better blood flow, nerve cells can get repaired more effectively, potentially reducing the intensity and frequency of neuropathic flare-ups.
Neuropathy can often lead to muscle spasms, further intensifying the pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care, through targeted adjustments, can help the muscles relax, which, in turn, can help reduce spasms. Through chiropractic care, patients can get relief from spasms and experience a significant improvement in their mobility and overall well-being.
While traditional treatments might rely on medications to manage neuropathic pain, chiropractic care offers a drug-free alternative. By realigning the spine and giving the body a better opportunity to heal itself, chiropractic treatments can alleviate pain without the side effects often associated with medications. This holistic approach ensures that patients receive comprehensive care that addresses both the symptoms and the underlying causes.
Physical strength and stability play a pivotal role in managing symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Muscle weakness can worsen discomfort, hamper mobility, lead to imbalances, and increase the risk for falls or injuries.
Along with chiropractic care, our providers can guide you on strengthening exercises, which can help restore muscle function, improve balance, and enhance mobility. Stronger muscles can provide better support to joints and bones, which can help reduce strain on the affected nerves.
Our team can design an exercise regimen tailored to your specific needs. The exercises we discuss with our patients often focus on the lower extremities, especially the feet and legs, which are commonly affected by diabetic neuropathy.
Based on the findings from the initial assessment, our team can craft a personalized treatment plan. This plan will detail how frequently you’ll need to visit us, the type of adjustments you'll need, and any complementary therapies that might be beneficial.
For diabetic neuropathy patients, the focus will often be on alleviating pain, improving circulation, and enhancing nerve function. As your therapy progresses, we may make adjustments to your plan based on your feedback and our observations to ensure optimal results.
Neuropathy can be a challenging condition to manage. However, with the right care and guidance, it's possible to mitigate its impact and lead a fulfilling life.
At Health Advantage Physical Medicine, we're dedicated to offering our patients a comprehensive, holistic approach to their health concerns. If you or a loved one is grappling with neuropathy, don't hesitate to reach out to us. To learn more, call 626-605-2728 or book an appointment online with Health Advantage Physical Medicine today.