At Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic, we focus on holistic wellness for all ages and ailments. In addition to offering chiropractic care for common conditions or injuries such as neck and back pain, headaches and migraines, we also focus on restorative techniques that present with age and lifestyle.
Beginning this month, our doctors will begin working with patients suffering from neuropathy, a group of diseases resulting from damaged or malfunctioning nerves that causes weakness, numbness and pain in the hands and feet and gets gradually worse with no action taken, causing distress in people’s daily lives.
I am often asked by patients if neuropathy can be healed. The short answer is absolutely, but it takes time to repair years of accumulating factors. Peripheral nerves are able to heal because of neuroplasticity, which creates new pathways and establishes a new brain pattern, helping nerves regenerate.
What’s amazing about chiropractic care is that it heals nerves and can stop the cause of nerve issues in the first place. Many people suffering from neuropathy are seen by their primary physician and prescribed medication for the condition. Unfortunately, this only masks the pain. Being seen early on and regularly by a chiropractor is a proactive step one can take to prevent neuropathy from occurring.
Like other illnesses, neuropathy begins with indicators from your body, much like a check engine light that turns on in your car. Phase 1 can include symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness as well as throbbing or burning in the hands and feet with the onset of sensation loss and coordination.
During phase 2 it gets deeper into the nervous system, where instead of subtly notifying the person the body starts to yell at the body. Regrettably, some continue to ignore the warnings and take pills or do other things to try and numb the pain rather than understand what’s causing it.
Once phase 3 sets in, the pain is usually so chronic it begins to not only affect the life of the patient but those they have relationships with. They begin having trouble connecting with loved ones because their pain is overwhelming and they are unable to manage it, which can ultimately ruin their marriage and job.
By phase 4 most people are living in a state of constant distress with destruction occurring to the body, mind and spirit. Sadly, this is where people can fall into severe depression and lose their desire to live. Feeling lost and without hope people can dive deeper and more dangerously into sedation and become addicted to bad behaviors as the pain takes the person over.
Throughout my practice myself and my staff have helped numerous people suffering from neuropathy take back their lives. One such example is of a woman in her late 50s who complained of severe neuropathy in her legs and feet and was using a cane to help her walk. She was closing in on retirement from a home childcare center after 25 years but in the last year before began experiencing these symptoms. She’d already been to a medical doctor and specialist, who prescribed her with medication, including Gabapentin. We started off with assessments and an adjustment and I sent her home with a plan to start taking care of herself. Within eight months she was free of pain, tingling and numbness. It was at that point she decided to retire sooner so she could enjoy more of her life.
For those suffering with neuropathy, the most important to remember is to not give up. Good Vibrations Family Chiropractic exists to give patients back the hope they’ve lost so they can live a life beyond what they could have ever previously imagined.