How different would your life be if you could go to bed at night and your feet didn’t burn? You could walk across the floor and it didn’t feel like your socks were bunched up in your shoes or you didn’t have the feeling of walking on pins and needles?
How nice would it be if you could step outside and feel the grass underneath your toes, be able to keep up with your kids or your grandkids and not worry about your balance? Did you know that falls are the number one cause of injury in the elderly?
Before we dive into the details of Neuropathy, let’s take a moment and listen to Mike’s story about finding relief from Peripheral Neuropathy through our program.
Mike’s story is nothing short of incredible! But let’s take a moment to explore how I consistently get these types of results for my patients.
First, I look for the causes or triggers of your chronic health condition.
We start with the Brain. The Brain receives information from every part of the body and generates sensations like burning, tingling, cold or even numbness. If you have a malfunction somewhere in the nerves that send information to the brain, then you get abnormal symptoms.
We have to understand how the mechanisms of the brain work in order to help you with your Neuropathy.
Next, I have to determine what is happening with your gut function. That’s where fuel for the brain and nerves comes from. You see, if you are not digesting food well or not absorbing nutrients from your food, your brain and nerves will suffer.
Many nerve related problems are due to a lack of B vitamins, which come primarily from the foods you eat. If you’re not absorbing nutrients, but you’re absorbing sugars very well, and your body can’t process that sugar and the brain will become compromised.
So knowing the health of the gut is a very important aspect.
The Circulatory System
I’ll look for inflammation in the circulatory system by checking Homocysteine levels in the blood. If your Homocysteine level is above 3 then your experiencing damage. Your blood vessels, your arteries and your veins are the super highways for fuel, fuel that supplies oxygen and glucose to the sensory nerves that are sending that information up to the brain and giving you the symptoms that you have.
The Diabetes Connection
So let’s talk about Diabetes. Many people with Neuropathy actually have what is called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. The increased blood sugar triggers inflammation and that inflammation damages the nerve fibers.
If your blood glucose is over 127 it will permanently damage nerves and brain cells called Neurons. It all starts with just a little numbness or tingling in the toes or feet and progresses up the legs, or in the fingertips moving up the arms.
This is why some Diabetics get burns on their hands or feet and don’t realize it until it becomes affected. If you can reverse the Diabetes, you may reverse the Neuropathy.
Damage to the peripheral nerve close to the spine can also be a culprit with Neuropathy. Degeneration of the discs in the spine or the vertebra themselves, pinching a nerve root can lead to nerve pain. This is why understanding the human spine is vitally important and how Spinal Decompression Therapy may play an important role.
There are a lot of complex mechanisms that can cause Peripheral Neuropathy and if you can’t identify the cause, how do you expect to reduce your symptoms and return you back to a normal life?