You may not immediately recognize signs of neuropathy as they can range from pain and numbness to muscle weakness and a fast heartbeat. At Central New Jersey Acupuncture & Wellness, Yuliya Chernyak, DAOM, has extensive experience using acupuncture to reverse your symptoms and promote nerve healing. Dr. Chernyak determines the extent of your nerve damage and then creates an individualized treatment plan to treat your neuropathy. To learn how acupuncture can help you, call the office in Hazlet, New Jersey, serving the surrounding areas of Holmdel, Matawan, and Old Bridge NJ or schedule an appointment online today.
What causes neuropathy?
Neuropathy refers to any problem affecting your nerves. This broad definition includes several types of neuropathies. The most common, peripheral neuropathy, damages the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord.
Most neuropathies occur when the nerve loses its blood supply. Loss of blood may arise from an injury, chemotherapy, medications, toxins, and many medical conditions. Health conditions that cause neuropathy range from diabetes and hypothyroidism to infections, vitamin deficiencies, and autoimmune diseases.
What symptoms develop if I have neuropathy?
The symptoms that appear depend on the nerve that suffers damage:
Sensory nerves send information about pain, pressure, temperature, body position, and other senses to your brain. Damaged sensory nerves cause symptoms such as pain, tingling, burning, and numbness.
These nerves automatically control vital functions like your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. Since they regulate many different areas, you can have varied symptoms. For example, you may develop a rapid heart rate or profuse sweating.
The vestibular nerve controls balance. When it becomes inflamed or damaged, you develop vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
These nerves originate in your brain and often affect your face and eyes. The most common cranial neuropathies, Bell’s palsy, causes paralysis on one side of your face.
Damage to this nerve, called trigeminal neuralgia, causes a very intense, stabbing pain in the cheek or jaw on one side of your face.
Will acupuncture help my neuropathy?
Dr. Chernyak performs a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation to diagnose the cause of your neuropathy and determine the degree of nerve damage. As long as the damage doesn’t exceed 85%, you’re a good candidate for acupuncture.
How does acupuncture treat neuropathy?
The Acupuncture Neuropathy Program at Central New Jersey Acupuncture & Wellness promotes the release of endorphins and improves blood flow. Endorphins relieve your pain, while a better blood supply supports nerve regeneration.
Acupuncture does an exceptional job of slowing the progression of neuropathy or reversing your symptoms by promoting a healing environment. Dr. Chernyak uses acupuncture to alleviate numbness, pain, tingling, and burning.
She also reverses the paralysis caused by Bell’s palsy and eliminates the pain of trigeminal neuralgia. Patients with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy may get complete relief from their symptoms, especially when acupuncture starts early in their cancer treatment.