More than 20 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy—a type of damage to the peripheral nervous system that can affect one or more nerves, causing pain, weakness, numbness, and even difficulty walking. While neuropathy can affect people of all ages, some people are more at risk, and that risk is even higher for those over forty and those who are diabetic.
Luckily, acupuncture has been proven as a form of alternative medical care to improve symptoms of neuropathy conditions. At Tannenbaum Chiropractic of Beverly Hills, we offer acupuncture for various condition treatments, including for those experiencing nerve pain and chronic neuropathy.
For more information about how acupuncture in Beverly Hills can help treat your nerve pain, call the doctors and therapists at Tannenbaum Chiropractic.
What Is Neuropathy?
Nerve pain (neuropathic pain) is due to injury, damage, or disease of the nervous system. Medically referred to as peripheral neuropathy, it is a common condition that affects the central nervous system: the network of nerves that sends information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. When your nervous system is misfiring, discomfort and pain can occur, as your nerves control how you sense touch, and feel pain and temperature, as well as how you control coordination and muscle movement. If any of your nerves are damaged, it can make it harder for them to send and receive messages. This communication breakdown can cause pain and other symptoms.
Some contributors or causes of neuropathy can include:
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Thyroid disorders
- Excessive alcohol use
- Infections such as Lyme disease and hepatitis C
- Side effects of chemotherapy
- Trauma or injury from a car accident, sports accident or medical procedure
- Autoimmune disorders
- Side effects of some medications
- Repeated pressure on a nerve
- Arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other issues caused by repetitive use
- Hereditary types of neuropathies
- Pinched nerves
How Acupuncture Helps with Nerve Pain
Chiropractic care primarily focuses on healing the body through the nervous system. Most chiropractic treatments revolve around spinal alignment to correct neural pathway communication between your brain and organs, while acupuncture can aim for similar results through a different treatment process.
Acupuncture is a scientifically proven method of alternative medical care that can heal injuries and restore damage to the central nervous system. This works by first targeting local points where the nerve pain is located to treat the affected meridians (areas of the body mapped by acupuncturists) and reported symptoms. Through gentle insertion of acupuncture needles, triggers a response to automatically relax the muscle and take the immediate pressure off the nerve, while also releasing endorphins and correcting the pain signals received by your brain. All to say: immediate pain relief! Additionally, acupuncture also targets points for strengthening and building the body to augment Qi and blood flow to encourage healing of the neural pathways for long-term prevention of nerve damage and pain.
Neuropathy symptoms that can be improved with acupuncture treatment include:
- Nerve pain that feels like burning or stabbing
- Sharp, shooting pain in the limbs
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation (“pins and needles”)
- Oversensitivity to touch or temperature
- Muscle weakness
- Cramping or twitching
- Digestive problems
- Issues with balance, coordination, and difficulty walking
- Changes in blood pressure
Your Beverly Hills Acupuncturist to Treat Neuropathy
At Tannenbaum Chiropractic of Beverly Hills, we offer acupuncture as part of our chiropractic treatment options to help you overcome nerve pain caused by neuropathic conditions. Our highly experienced acupuncturists will assess and treat your individual needs, all done in our relaxing boutique office. While you will feel immediate pain relief after one session, your team will determine a treatment plan that helps prevent future issues by keeping the nerve active and engaged. Our mission is to keep you happy and healthy with long-term holistic care.
Call the Beverly Hills practitioners at Tannenbaum Chiropractic to learn about the treatments we offer and schedule your appointment today!