- Numbness in feet or hands
- Poor balance
- Burning and crawling feelings
- Vice-like pressure
- Sharp, electrical pain
- Painful walking
- Prickling and tingling feelings
- Difficulty sleeping because of leg and foot pain- Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
We can think of peripheral neuropathy as sick/or dying nerves located in the outer aspects of our body (outside of the brain and spinal cord) and usually close to the skin’s surface. In the case of peripheral neuropathy, the tiny nerves that service the skin fail in their ability to transmit normal sensations to the brain and spinal cord. Anything that affects the nerves ability to function properly is called neuropathy.
Who can get Peripheral Neuropathy?
Statistics show that at least 20% of us will eventually have peripheral neuropathy. It can happen to anyone; however it is seen most after the age of 45.
Approximately 60% of diabetics will develop peripheral neuropathy, and many people taking statins (cholesterol drugs) will be affected. It isn’t unusual for patients to have suffered for years, even if they have seen a doctor they frequently are told, “You will just have to live with it” or “Nothing more can be done.”
You personally may have neuropathy, but just haven’t been diagnosed because there isn’t any simple neuropathy test. Neuropathy can be difficult to diagnose because each person may describe symptoms in their own way. That is why you will receive the vitally important detailed examination necessary for accurate diagnosis before you begin the Drug-free Neuropathy Treatment Protocol.
What causes Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the peripheral nerves that carry messages (signals) between the brain or spinal cord and the skin, muscles and internal organs are damaged. Damage can impact:
- Sensory nerves: those that receive sensations such as heat, pain and touch
- Motor nerves: those that control how muscles move
- Autonomic nerves: those that control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and bladder functions
Peripheral neuropathy can occur at any age, but is more common in older adults. It most frequently starts in the longest nerves, i.e. those that reach to your fingers and toes, thereby affecting sensations in the feet and hands.
One of the primary causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. However, diabetes is not the only cause. It is estimated there are 16 million people suffering non-diabetic peripheral neuropathy and 7 million diabetics affected. Neuropathy can also result from other issues such as traumatic injuries, repetitive stress, injuries, repetitive physical stress, infections such as Lyme Disease or Hepatitis C, nutritional deficiencies, prescription medications, exposure to toxins, chemotherapy treatment, alcohol abuse, or autoimmune disorders such as Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
TCC Neuropathy Protocol
After being screened and diagnosed, if you are a candidate, a neuropathy management program will be prescribed for you. This protocol, TCC Neuropathy Protocol, is a drug free plan that is designed to help improve the function of the nerves, improve the circulation of the blood vessels and decrease the symptoms that you are having.
First, if diabetes is the root cause of your neuropathy, you must keep your blood sugar regulated. If it is not being regulated and you are not consulting with a nutritionist, we will help connect you with someone to help. Second, blood flow must be improved. We use a combination of NIR therapy, electrical stimulation, and vibration in the office. As well as at home self massage, tissue stimulation and supplementation at home. Lastly, surrounding joint motion may need to be restored. This may consist of extremity and/or spinal adjustments.
The TCC Protocol is not a “magic bullet”, it takes time and effort to change what has been manifesting for some time. We will monitor your progress to determine the future effectiveness and recommendations. Feel Better, Live Better.