Exercise is good for many ailments and well as for keeping flexible and physically toned. Exercise can also alleviate nerve pain by reducing levels of certain inflammation producing factors, called cytokines. If you are one who suffers from neuropathic pain, alternative treatments, like certain exercises, are available that will help reduce your body’s reaction to touch and improve your mobility and lifestyle. The exercises for neuropathy are determined by its source: visceral, muscular, joint, or connective tissues, and the skin.
For those who feel a tingling or burning sensation in the skin, desensitization exercises may be just what the doctor ordered. These exercises may help reduce the nerves reactions to touch and feeling as when experienced by pressure against the skin. Desensitization exercises also help those who suffer from pain that feels like an electric-type shock or shooting pains that travel along the nerves pathways from the point of origin. These exercises incorporate hot or cold objects and massage therapies gradually performed over time. They help some patients adjust to various pressure and touch in different parts of the body. Other exercises like strength training, range-of-motion, and weight-bearing exercises such as walking help retrain the brain to recognize different types or pressure and temperature so that the patient can better cope with bedding, clothing, and people’s touch.
Another alternative treatment is the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, commonly called TENS. This treatment may help relieve neuropathic pain by encouraging the body to release endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. The degree of pain relieved depends on the severity of pain experienced by the person. The TENS units provide different types of electrical stimulation dependent on need and symptoms. How does it work? The unit motivates small, muscular contractions at the site where patches or electrodes are applied. These exercises cause muscles to twitch.
Anyone diagnosed with neuropathic pain is encouraged to move. Movement exercises like flexion and stretching exercises help maintain mobility and range of motion, especially in patients with low back pain. Good examples of flexion exercises are the pelvic tilt, knee to chest stretches, and the child pose yoga position.
Exercises are the great alternative treatment to neuropathic pain. Anyone can do them because they mostly consist of stretches and low-impact exercises. Combined with other treatments such as desensitization exercise and electrical stimulation, you can reduce your sensitivity and reaction to neuropathic pain, greatly improving your lifestyle.