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Non-Medication Treatment for Neuropathy and Chronic Nerve Discomfort is Available Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where nerves are damaged causing weakness, burning pain, numbness, tingling, and debilitating balance problems. The damage to the nerves can be caused by many different problems in the body. Poor blood flow to the nerves, toxic levels of sugar in the blood (diabetes), chronic infections, pesticide exposure and genetic variants are a few of the causes of this debilitating condition. The cause is different for every patient and it must be discovered to help the nerves heal! What is Peripheral Neuropathy? Generally, symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in an effected area include: Numbness/Tingling Burning Pain Unusual and/or loss of sensations Muscle weakness Deep Stabbing Pain Balance Problems Another common cause of nerve damage is auto-immunity. Auto-immune diseases are diseases where the immune system mistakenly starts to attack the body. That’s right! Many times the immune system is actually killing the nerves of peripheral neuropathy sufferers. This is why thorough testing is vitally important to helping peripheral neuropathy. Can peripheral nerves heal? Yes! It is well established in the scientific literature that peripheral nerves can and do heal. The key issue is that not only do we need to get the nerves healing but we have to stop whatever is causing the nerve damage in the first place. When the underlying cause of the neuropathy is discovered and proper support for the nerves are provided it optimizes the ability for the nerves to heal! In order to effectively heal nerve damage, four factors must be determined: What is the underlying cause of the nerve damage? How severe is the nerve damage? What types of nerve fibers are damaged? You have sensory nerves (both small fiber nerves and large diameter nerves) and motor nerves (that control movement of your muscles) NOTE: If there is muscle weakness from neuropathy for greater than two years the damage to the muscles will probably be permanent! How much treatment will the nerves require to heal? This will be dependent on the degree of nerve damage and what types of fibers are damaged. The treatment we provide has four main goals… Optimize the environment within the body for nerve healing. Increase blood flow to the nerves. Stimulate the nerves that are damaged (small fiber, large diameter, or motor nerves) to reduce pain and improve balance. Decrease brain-based pain.