Neuropathic pain usually involves constant pain due to damage or dysfunction of the nervous system. The damaged nerve fibers will signal pain receptors which will lead to a “phantom pain”. Because the root cause involves nerves, it can be complex to diagnosis and treat. The random bouts of pain coupled with the lack of understanding from medical doctors can be a frustrating experience. Desperate sufferers often ask what can I do for neuropathic pain. Unfortunately, standard neuropathic pain treatment usually only involves painkillers and antidepressants that do little to address the root cause.
Natural Treatment for Nerve Pain Can Help
Natural ways to heal neuropathy usually require a multi-pronged approach that combines the best in integrative medicine. Patients will need to undergo a thorough evaluation and review of case history in order to help determine the cause of pain. Therapeutic methods that can offer relief include acupuncture, massage therapy, exercise, and stress-reduction techniques. Another method known as photonic stimulation may be able to restore damaged nerves. Patients are also encouraged to undergo nutritional counseling which usually also involves supplementation. If you’ve been relying on painkillers to make it through the day, contact our office to setup an appointment so we can help you.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Neuropathic Pain
Many patients are discovering the benefits of massage therapy for neuropathic pain. As a highly effective natural treatment, it’s become quite popular. Massage therapy can help alleviate lower back pain and increase joint flexibility. It effectively pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation. It releases natural endorphins and amino acids that work as a natural pain killer in the body.
Massage can also help restore mobility in addition to increasing circulation.
Deeper pressure trigger point therapy and kneading of specified areas tends to be most effective. Let your massage therapist know if a massage is too intense.
Keep in mind that neuropathic pain may respond difficult to touch at first, so massage can prove challenging in the beginning. Start with a little at a time — easy does it! It’s best to work with a massage therapy who has experience treating neuropathic pain patients. It’s ideal to start easy and gradually increase pressure over the course of several sessions.
We generally recommend 60-minute sessions once a week until the pain feels better. It’s ideal to spread the treatment over several sessions for best results.
Massage should be done in addition to — not instead of — your current treatments.
What’s Causing My Neuropathic Pain?
We know that neuropathic pain is caused by damaged or dysfunctional nervous system. There are many possible causes of this. One such cause would be a traumatic injury, like that of a car accident. Autoimmune disorders, cancer, kidney problems, diabetes, and more. If you haven’t experienced a traumatic injury in your lifetime, then there is most likely an underlying cause of your neuropathy that needs to be resolved. Can neuropathy be cured? That would depend on the exact cause of your pain. If the underlying issue is resolved, it could go away entirely. At the very least, a pain specialist can help you find ways to reduce your pain naturally.