PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

The human body functions under the direction of the nervous system, and that system is divided into the Central Nervous System, the Peripheral Nervous System, and the Enteric Nervous System.

     -The Central Nervous System includes the brain and the spinal cord.  The brain really directs what happens throughout the body.

     -The Peripheral Nervous System is made up of the somatic system (controls muscles, sensation, etc.) and the Autonomic System which controls the funcion of        internal organs.

     -The Enteric Nervous System is involved in the function of the gastrointestinal system.

Neuropathy, by definition, means a disease or disorder (-pathy) of a nerve or nerves (neuro).  Peripheral Neuropathy refers to a neuropathy involving the peripheral nervous system, usually referring to the somatic system, and generally the arms and hands, legs and feet.

There are numerous possible causes of peripheral neuropathy:

     -Spinal Issues (herniated disc, stenosis, merve entrapment, etc.)

     -Carpal Tunnel (wrist) or Tarsal Tunnel (ankle) Syndrome

     -Viruses

     -Environmental toxins

     -Metabolic issues

     -Chemotherapy

     -Autoimmune Diseases

     -Diabetes (most common)

Common Symptoms/Signs of peripheral neuropathy include:

     -Numbness

     -Tingling

     -Pain

     -Burning

     -Coldness

     -Hypersensitivity

     -Cramping

     -Balance issues

You may experience one or more of these symptoms.

The key to treating peripheral neuropathy successfully is to be able to identify the cause, and to treat that.  Standard medical care is to give medications to help deal with the symptoms, such as Gabapentin, Neurontin, Lyrica, and sometimes Cymbalta.  While these may work temporarily to decrease symptoms, the brain has an ability to adapt to the medication and requires a higher dosage or eventually a change in the prescription.  None of the medications actually address the cause of the neuropathy.

 

WHAT MAKES OUR OFFICE DIFFERENT?

At Oakes Chiropractic Health Center we make an effort to identify the cause of the neuropathy as well as treat the symptoms to try to stop the disorder from progressing, and, if possible, bring about healing.  In order to accomplish this we employ any necessary testing including blood tests, food sensitivity tests, neurological testing, nutritional testing, bio-resonance testing (Field control Therapy).

Nerve and brain health is dependent upon three things:  The proper amount of glucose, oxygen activation (stimulation).  An improper amount of any of these, either too much or not enough, will result in nerve or brain malfunction.  In our clinic there are a number of therapies that are used to help a patient suffering from peripheral neuropathy.  These include:

     -Functional medicine (including nutritional supplements)

     -Functional neurology (brain-based therapy)

     -Cold Laser therapy (light therapy, a type of energy therapy)

     -Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field therapy

     -Electric Stimulation

     -Field Control Therapy

With a thorough case history and a thorough evaluation to identify possible causes and through natural therapies to bring about changes, this office provides the opportunity to receive help where standard medical treatment has failed.  If you would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Oakes call his office at (208) 322-4555.