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Improving Circulation For Neuropathy

woman's footin home spaProper circulation is critical to maintaining healthy hands and feet.  Though Neuropathy pain is due to nerve damage rather than poor circulation, good circulation can help provide some relief and ease the symptoms of Neuropathy.

By taking small steps to improve circulation you promote blood flow to the skin of the hands and feet, which can reduce pain levels and make it more tolerable.  Here are three simple tips for improving circulation to your hands and feet:

1.  Warm/Cold Water Bath:

This technique involves soaking your hands or feet in a tub of water, alternating between warm and cold water.  This improves circulation by promoting the relaxation and constriction of blood vessels.  For example, the warm water expands the blood vessels – allowing for more blood to flow.  The cold water then constricts the vessels, forcing the blood to other parts of the body.

Additionally, the warm water helps promote relaxation and reduces stress, which can be beneficial in reducing pain.

Note:  If you suffer from numbness, use caution with the water temperatures.  Ask a family member or friend to help make sure temperatures are not too extreme, or touch the water with your arm or an area of the body that does not suffer from numbness prior to soaking the numb area in the water.

2.  Massage

Simple massages can help desensitize and promote better circulation in the hands and feet.  You can try self-massage techniques or enlist the help of a family member or loved one.  Additionally, you may consider regular message therapy with a professional if your budget and circumstances allow.

3.  Dress Loose

From the shirt on your back down to the socks on your feet, wear loose-fitting clothing that will not restrict the body.  Tight fitting socks and shoes are especially hazardous.  By wearing loose fitting clothing and footwear, you limit the restriction on blood vessels.

Calming Nerves & Reducing Pain With Skullcap

skullcapIf you’re suffering from any form of Neuropathy, it can feel as if your nervous system has gone haywire.  The nerve damage typical of Neuropathy sends our nerves into a bit of a frenzy.  Sharp pain sensations can be triggered for no apparent reason, tingling sensations are often felt in various areas of the body and numbness can often overtake the hands, legs or feet.

All of this chaos within the nervous system can leave us feeling constantly on edge.  Among the all-natural remedies that can help reduce anxiety and promote some level of calm within the nervous system is skullcap extract.

Skullcap extract is taken from the above ground parts of the skullcap plant.  Medicinally, the plant has been used for over 200 years as a relaxant and as a therapy for anxiety and nervous tension.  Research suggests that skullcap promotes blood flow to the brain and has a tranquilizing effect on the central nervous system.

In addition to reducing anxiety and calming the nervous system, skullcap extract has been shown to inhibit inflammatory responses on the cellular level.  By reducing or inhibiting the inflammatory response, skullcap reduces the pain and discomfort that can result from chronic inflammation.

From promoting a sense of calm to reducing inflammation, skullcap extract has a variety of beneficial effects on the body and its cellular functions. Has taking skullcap extract helped you with any of your symptoms?  Post a comment below or share your story with us on our Facebook Page.

Three Simple Foot Exercises For Neuropathy

Legs walkingFor many suffering from Neuropathy one of the side effects is excruciating pain in the hands and feet.  Here are three simple exercises designed to improve your leg and foot health and even help improve balance.

1.  The Clock – Foot & Balance Exercise

Imagine you are standing in the middle of a large clock.  Keeping the left foot in place (without pivoting), extend your right leg and touch as many of the numbers as possible with the right foot, starting at twelve and working your way clockwise around the clock.  Switch feet and repeat.

2.  Sock Lift – Toe Grip & Balance Exercise

While sitting in a chair, place a sock on the floor.  With your bare feet, use your toes to pick up the sock and hold it up for five seconds, and then release it.  Repeat six times with each foot.

For a greater challenge, attempt the exercise while standing.  Balance on one foot while lifting the sock with the other foot.  As you get more comfortable with the exercise, increase the amount of time you hold the sock in the air with your foot.

3.  Calf Extension- Stretching Exercise

Sitting on the floor with one leg extended out in front of you, take a rolled up towel and wrap it around the ball of your foot.  With a hand on either end of the towel, pull the towel towards your body while pushing your foot outwards until you feel a stretch in the arch of your foot and in the calf.  Hold for 10-12 seconds.  Repeat six times with each leg.

Remember to check your feet for sores or blisters after exercise and to wash feet thoroughly in order to prevent infection.

Foot Massage Techniques For Neuropathy

female feet and hands with a white rolled towelMassage has many therapeutic benefits for those suffering from Neuropathy.  Besides relieving stress and anxiety, massage can also provide relief from the pain many Neuropathy patients deal with.

By improving circulation and oxygen levels in the blood, massage helps support the critical function that blood plays in transporting important cells and nutrients throughout the body.  Massage also promotes the release of endorphins, which help ease pain – much like powerful pain relievers – but they aren’t addictive!

Many Neuropathy patients experience pain in their feet.  Here are three simple massage techniques to help improve circulation and reduce Neuropathy pain in the feet:

Heel To Toe:

Using your thumb or knuckles, apply firm pressure to the instep of your foot.  Slowly work from the heel towards the toes.  Upon reaching the toes, gently work each toe individually – squeezing and rubbing the surface of each toe.  After working each toe individually, grab all toes with one hand and stretch them up and down.  Repeat with other foot.

Rock The Cradle:

Using your thumb or knuckles, apply firm pressure to the bottom of your foot.  Slowly massage the entire bottom surface of the foot, working from your heel to your toes.  Gently roll the knuckles across the bottom surface in a rocking motion.  Repeat with other foot.

Rock & Roll:

Place your left hand just above the ankle of your left foot and hold firmly around the leg.  Using the right hand, rotate the foot clockwise 8-10 times.  Reverse the direction and rotate counterclockwise 8-10 times.  Without using your hands, stretch your toes up, down, side to side, then outward 4-5 times.  Repeat with other foot.

Four Ways To Relieve Neuropathy Symptoms With Oat Straw

oat_strawOat straw, which comes from green oats, has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine to help improve brain health and promote well-being.  As it relates to Neuropathy, oat straw has a few tricks up its sleeve you may not have been aware of but that can help relieve some of the irritations, pains and discomfort you’ve experienced.  Here are four surprising benefits of Oat Straw Extract:

Relieves Itchy Skin

Oat straw has a high concentration of silica, the mineral responsible for healthy skin.  In addition, it has high concentrations of gluten and mucilage content, which are both powerful moisturizers and work to sooth burning or itchy skin.  For those suffering from Neuropathy, especially those in the early stages who may be experiencing intense burning or tingling sensations, oat straw may provide some relief.  In fact, according to the Center for Integrative Medicine in Chicago, oat straw is most effective as a remedy for irritated and inflammatory skin conditions.

Reduces Inflammation & Swelling

Oat straw possesses powerful antioxidants that help fight painful inflammation and swelling.  In one study by Lund University in Sweden, oat straw was shown to reduce levels of some inflammatory markers and even lower cholesterol.   According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “some neuropathies are caused by inflammation resulting from immune system activities rather than from direct damage by infectious organisms.”  Reducing these instances of inflammation not only provide relief from discomfort but also reduce your risk of accelerated nerve damage.

Calms Nervous System

The nervous system is at the heart of peripheral neuropathy.  Because their nerves have been damaged, Neuropathy patients experience sensations such as jolting pains and tingling or a complete lack of sensation manifesting itself in the form of numbness.  Oat straw extract works to calm the nervous system and promote a sense of calm.  Doing so also helps reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Improves Cognitive Function

In a study conducted by the University of South Australia, patients who were given 1600mg doses of oat straw extract were shown to have improved cognitive functions when taking the Stroop Color-Word test, a measure of attention and concentration and the ability to maintain task focus.  The herb has long been used as a way to improve cognitive function and though more research is required to substantiate that claim – the early studies show some promise.

Conclusion

From reducing the pain of inflammation and swelling to its calming effect on the nervous system, Oat straw extract has a number of substantial benefits for those suffering from Neuropathy.  Included in our Neuropathy Support Formula – it works with the other powerful and all-natural ingredients to provide maximum relief and healing power from your symptoms.

Do you currently take an Oat straw supplement?  How do you use it and how effective has it been for you?  Leave a comment below or share your story on our Facebook Page.

 

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