October 8, 2021
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Have you ever experienced pain, numbness or discomfort in your hands or feet? Sometimes this can be classified as peripheral neuropathy which can be used a term used to describe tingling, numbness, diminished sensation, and pain along the distribution of the nerve(s) that have been affected. Patients with neuropathy typically present pain, tightness, lack of balance and weakness which can all be ameliorated and corrected with physical therapy.
How can Physical Therapy help?
During treatment here at Imagine Physical Therapy, we will assess for causes of our patients’ neuropathy symptoms. This will include an evaluation of any tight muscles that could be pressing on nerves, assessing for any trigger points, strength deficits, and looking at our patient’s balance. At Imagine, we use a variety of techniques to help our patients with neuropathy get back to optimal level of functioning enabling them to get back to doing the things they love and enjoy. We used manual therapy techniques such as dry needling, massage1, ultrasound, cupping, and anodyne2 to help reduce pain and inflammation. We couple manual therapy with stretches3 and exercises4 to help increase range of motion and strength. We also incorporate balance training4 to help decrease risk of falls.
Don’t let peripheral neuropathy stop you from living the life you deserve, give us a call today to set up an appointment! We would love to meet you and help you along your journey!
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2. Paul, S., Liu, Y., & McAlister, R. The efficacy of monochromatic infrared photo-thermal energy therapy in rehabilitation: A pilot study report. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, 80.
3. Ewan Thomas, Marianna Bellafiore, Luca Petrigna, Antonio Paoli, Antonio Palma, Antonino Bianco. (2021) Peripheral Nerve Responses to Muscle Stretching: A Systematic Review. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (20), 258 - 267.
4. Katona, I., & Weis, J. (2017). Diseases of the peripheral nerves. Handbook of clinical neurology, 145, 453–474.