If you have neuropathy, the dysfunctional or damaged nerves cause numbness, tingling, and pain. Richard R. Cobb, DC, at Cobb Chiropractic in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, can help relieve neuropathy symptoms through a variety of chiropractic techniques. Contact him today to schedule a consultation and learn how regular chiropractic treatment may provide the relief you desperately need from neuropathic pain.
Neuropathy is a broad term that refers to injury or disease in nerves. It’s further classified according to the type of nerves affected or the condition causing the problem. These are just a few of many possible types of neuropathies:
Peripheral neuropathy: In peripheral neuropathy, the problem is in nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. It typically affects toes, feet, legs, arms, hands, and fingers.
Proximal neuropathy: Nerve damage causes pain in the shoulders, thighs, hips, or buttocks.
Diabetic neuropathy: Uncontrolled blood sugar can damage nerves, often affecting the feet and eyes.
The underlying cause of neuropathy isn’t discovered in about 30% of all cases. Doctors must consider many possible sources of neuropathy:
When an underlying medical condition causes neuropathy, the condition must be treated to prevent nerve damage from worsening. This is especially important for diabetic neuropathy because keeping blood sugar under control is essential to stop ongoing neuropathy. Otherwise, treatment focuses on preventing complications, such as infections, and relieving pain -- which is where chiropractic care can help.
Studies show that chiropractic care effectively relieves neuropathy. One review evaluated patients with radiculopathy, which occurs when nerves are compressed or irritated as they leave the spinal cord. About 85% of patients in the review said their pain was relieved following chiropractic treatment.
Spinal manipulation may even have an impact beyond physically balancing the spine. A group of researchers found that spinal manipulation may trigger the release of anti-inflammatory biochemicals, which in turn relieve nerve pain.
Diverse chiropractic techniques can be used to relieve pain and other symptoms caused by neuropathy, especially in cases where the cause is unknown. A chiropractic treatment plan may include:
Spinal manipulation and decompression: All nerves pass through the spine, so spinal adjustment and decompression ensure that nerves aren’t pinched and the nervous system can function properly.
Active release technique: Massage or manipulation of soft tissues that reduces stress on nerves.
Spine stabilization exercises: Series of progressive exercises designed to strengthen muscles that support the spine.
Neuromobilization: A gentle technique used to mobilize nerve roots at the spine.