Using Therapy To Treat Neuropathy

  • September 12, 2012
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Using Therapy To Treat Neuropathy

Taking a safe approach to treating neuropathy will pay off in the long run.

Therapy is an excellent tool for treating neuropathy due to the fact that no adverse side effects are not common with this form of neuropathy treatment.

The body changes as neuropathy cause stiff, achy muscles from what were once loose and flexible.

Taking a therapeutic approach to treating neuropathy may help turn a nerve pain-wracked body back into a flexible and limber one.

 

Physical Therapy

There are several objectives in participating in physical therapy for neuropathy:

  1. creating and maintaining a full range of motion
  2. strengthening muscles that may have been weakened from the effects of neuropathy

Though a neuropathic patient may reach their goal of movement and pain tolerance when walking, it would be unwise to stop participating in physical therapy.

Neuropathy patients should continue to adhere to their physical therapist maintenance instructions to avoid taking a step backward in their neuropathy management progress.

For those neuropathic patients that suffer from diabetic neuropathy specifically, you should not solely rely on physical therapy as their form of neuropathy treatment.

Diabetic neuropathy sufferers must focus their time and energy on maintaining their blood sugar levels as their first and foremost form of neuropathy treatment.

 

Occupational Therapy

Due to the devastation that neuropathy can have on an individual’s life and daily normality, it is often advised that the recently diagnosed seek out occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy is vital in helping newly diagnosed neuropathy patients learn coping mechanisms on how to live life with their new diagnosis.

Occupational therapy can assist the patient by teaching valuable new life skills as well as limit the devastating impact that peripheral neuropathy can have on daily life by:

  • improving  sensory-motor skills
  • educating patients on how to avoid dangerous toxins and prevent exposing themselves  to industrial or environmental hazards
  • teaching self-care
  • educating neuropathy patients on the importance of observation such as terrain changes, safely walking up and downstairs, etc
  • teaching how to safely sit, stand, and walk that will not risk a drop in blood pressure or cause them to fall

 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is looked at as a complementary therapy that, when used in combination with other treatments, can be beneficial in reducing nerve pain.

One complication of neuropathy is the development of stiff muscles due to poor circulation or from lack of use.

Adding weekly massage therapy sessions, one can improve blood circulation, as well as help, loosen stiff muscles. This provides short-term relief to the damaged area.

Research has shown through several studies that massage therapy has a way of calming the stressed nerve endings and relinquishing the pent up stress found in the nerve endings.

These different types of therapy are incredibly viable in terms of neuropathy management. Consult your physician to see what would be good for you!

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