Acupuncture Neuropathy Treatments
Robert Vena, New Jersey Acupuncturist for Neuropathy Treatments in Englewood NJ 07631
Treating Neuropathy with Acupuncture in NJ
Robert Vena, L.Ac., MSTOM
New Jersery Acupuncturist
214 Engle Street Suite 23
Englewood, NJ 07631
How Acupuncture Treatments Can Improve Neuropathy
“I can’t say enough good things about Rob Vena. He is a very patient and kind practitioner who really cares about the details – both in his patients’ lives and in his work.
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Neuropathy is a condition in which the peripheral nerves have become somehow injured or damaged. This damage has a negative effect on the communication between the body's nerves and interferes with the nervous system's proper functioning. Neuropathy technically describes a collection of symptoms which can have an array of underlying causes. It is sometimes called peripheral neuropathy, more specifically, and it can result from injury as well as a number of diseases, infections and more. It most often affects the hands and feet, but it may also present itself in other parts of the body as well, depending on the type of nerves that are damaged.
Your peripheral nervous system is your body's secondary nervous system. It is how the information from your central nervous system (brain and spinal column) gets to the rest of your body. Neuropathy affects this communication. Depending upon the exact cause and the severity and type of nerve damage, recovery may or may not be possible. Our body is very good at healing itself over time, but sometimes nerve damage cannot repair itself.
The condition is complex because our nervous systems are so complex and as a result it can be difficult to understand. Sufferers may experience mild to severe symptoms and treatments vary a great deal. Again, sometimes there is no cure for the underlying cause and the person may simply have to live with neuropathy for the rest of their life. Other times the cause of the condition might even be unknown. There are medications as well as other options that make severe neuropathy more bearable and allow sufferers to cope with the inconvenient and sometimes crippling pain and numbness.
More and more people are turning to homeopathic remedies like those provided by a neuropathy acupuncturist in order to deal with the many symptoms associated with the condition. These options are safer, but are just as reliable as medications. Sometimes they are also an alternative to surgery.
Common Symptoms of Neuropathy
The symptoms of neuropathy can vary a great deal depending on what the cause is. The most common symptoms are either sharp pains in the hands and feet or numbness in the hands and feet. This pain or numbness may affect both the hands and feet or just the hands or just the feet. The numbness is usually very gradual and it may start with a faint tingling sensation. Pain is usually either a stabbing or burning. Sometimes it is comparable to the "pins and needles" feeling you get when a limb falls asleep. Sufferers are very sensitive to touch, and contact with the affected areas often increases the pain.
Depending upon the type of nerves in the peripheral nervous system that are affected, there may be other symptoms in addition to pain and numbness. If motor nerves are damaged then you may experience:
- Muscle weakness or complete muscle paralysis
- A lack of coordination, which leads to balance issues and falling down
If autonomic nerves are affected by the neuropathy then symptoms can include:
- An intolerance to heat and excessive sweating
- Digestive problems, such as stomach upset
- Changes in blood pressure that often lead to dizziness
Acupuncture treatments for neuropathy can help to relieve most, if not all, of these symptoms. It is a great deal less risky than a reliance on medication and the results are fast as well as effective in most cases, even for those with chronic neuropathy.
Common Causes of Neuropathy
Sensory nerves are the nerves that are most often affected by neuropathy. These nerves are ones that communicate pain. Motor nerves play a role in movement. Autonomic nerves control bodily functions, heart rate, blood pressure and other involuntary mechanisms in the body. Neuropathy from injury usually only affects one nerve (mononeuropathy). Severe injuries can lead to two or more nerves being affected in different areas (multiple mononeuropathy). Genetic conditions and diseases can affect many nerves (polyneuropathy).
Poor diet that leads to any sort of Vitamin B deficiency also damages peripheral nerves. Alcoholism leads to these deficiencies. Other causes of neuropathy are:
- Tumors near the nerves that lead to nerve compression
How Acupuncture Can Help Eliminate Neuropathy
Whether or not the nerve damage can be recovered from, acupuncture can help to relieve neuropathy symptoms. Acupuncture for neuropathy is non-invasive and completely risk-free. It is one of the world's most effective and most ancient healing arts. Today, it often works hand-in-hand with other treatment options like physical therapy and is particularly helpful for those with chronic, severe symptoms that desperately need relief.
Sometimes pain and muscle weakness can make it difficult to perform the exercises that lead to recovery. The neuropathy symptoms must first be treated before the underlying cause can be treated. Acupuncture Neuropathy Treatments is a great way to do this.
A neuropathy acupuncturist can find blockages in your Qi energy and then clear up those blockages. This provides pain relief as well as a relief for numbness. It can help neuropathy sufferers with motor nerve damage regain their muscle control and even help with autonomic nerve damage. When the energy flows freely in your body, you feel better in general. Injured nerves lead to blockages in the energy flow. By applying acupuncture needles to certain points on the body, the way is cleared.
Contact Robert Vena, NJ Acupuncturist for Neuropathy Treatments
"Neuropathy is more than just a numb area or a pins and needles sensation. It can be very uncomfortable and in many cases quite painful. Acupuncture for Neuropathy is a viable solution and may offer relief when nothing else does."
-Robert Vena, NJ Acupuncturist
Just as neuropathy can have many causes, it can also cause different symptoms from being simply uncomfortable to downright painful. Through the use of acupuncture, I can help you find relief from your neuropathy symptoms. I accept medical insurance if your policy covers it. If your plan doesn't cover acupuncture, we can discuss other payment options that may be right for you. Call my office today to learn more.
Physical injury and trauma are the most common causes of neuropathy. Car accidents, sports injuries or even just a fall can lead to nerve damage. Nerves in the peripheral nervous system can be completely severed or they may just be compressed. Depending on how severe the damage is, the nerve may or may not be able to heal itself. Sometimes wearing a cast for a broken bone or using crutches for a prolonged amount of time can cause mild neuropathy.
Autoimmune diseases and a poor diet can also lead to neuropathy. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome and other inflammatory diseases affect and damage the nerves.
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Robert Vena, L.Ac., MSTOM
214 Engle Street Suite 23
Phone: (201) 357-0904