What is neuropathy? Neuropathy is any disease of the nervous system. There are many different forms of neuropathy. The one that gets the most attention is peripheral neuropathy which affects the hands and the feet. Neuropathy can be wide spread affecting many parts of the body or it can affect a single specific nerve and part of the body. Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are 1) numbness or insensitivity to pain or temperature 2) tingling, burning, or prickling sensations 3) sharp pains or cramps 4) extreme sensitivity to touch 5) loss of balance and coordination. These symptoms are many times worse at night. I have even heard of patients soaking their feet in ice water at night just to calm the symptoms down. There can be many different causes of peripheral neuropathy ranging from alcoholism, chemotherapy treatment, diabetes, or even malnutrition. A typical scenario goes like this with high blood sugar due to a faulty diet. It harms the nerves and blood vessels which then affects circulation especially to peripheral areas of the body such as the arms and legs. This can further lead to what is called diabetic neuropathy which damages nerves causing numbness that leads to injuries and/ or infections due to decreased sensitivity in the body. When blood circulation is compromised, this can lead to infections, ulcers, and can lead to foot and leg amputations.
One of the basic underlying causes is malnutrition neuropathy which is caused by eating yourself into sickness. Eating foods that are dead: meaning they have no live enzymes, is a prime factor. Interesting enough, this was a condition that seemed frequently during World War II. This allowed for observation of POWs (prisoners of war) from many different races in many different parts of the world that were subjected to years of defective nutrition. Even though other parts of the body were found to be affected by the malnutrition, the nervous system seemed to show the most severe affect of malnutrition. A similar level of deficient nutrition is now existing in many of the foods we eat today. They are reduced or lacking in junk food and many fast foods. Since these vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes are essential to healing the body and allowing it to function properly, this malnutrition is showing up in the central as well as the peripheral nervous system. The good news is here at Chiropractic Care Clinic we have programs for improving peripheral neuropathy which includes supplements, dietary changes, therapy, and specific adjustments to restore nerve and vascular function. We have a simple non-invasive test that we use to evaluate peripheral neuropathy which has a score of 74 for each foot. Many times patients have even scored less than 10 that have peripheral neuropathy. The test generally shows there is improvement in as little as a month. We invite you to come in for a free evaluation to see if we can help you! Call 501-268-2273 to get set up today.
Chiropractic Care Clinic
Dr. Timothy R. Kamerman
2924 Hawkins Drive
Searcy, AR 72143