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Relief For Foot Pain And Peripheral Neuropathy

Relief For Foot Pain And Peripheral Neuropathy

Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the nerve endings. Most commonly, peripheral neuropathy may start in the longest nerves the ones that reach to your toes. It can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, exposure to toxins and diabetes. As those who have it realize, it can be debilitating as well as just aggravating. What can you do to alleviate the pain of peripheral neuropathy without medication? According to the Mayo Clinic staff, there are six lifestyle and home remedies you can use to manage peripheral neuropathy. These are: 1. Take care of your feet by wearing soft cotton 2. Exercise to help control blood sugar levels 3. Quit smoking to improve blood circulation 4. Eat healthy meals to maximize your intake of vitamins, minerals, low-fat meats, dairy products, 5. Avoid prolonged pressure by make a conscious effort to not cross your legs or lean on your elbows. 6. Massage your hands and feet, or have someone massage them for you! Massage helps improve circulation, stimulates nerves, and temporarily relieves pain (reflexology) (cited in Mayo Clinic Staff. Lifestyle and Home Remedies. Peripheral Neuropathy. 3 Nov. 2009.) Hands Over Feet Reflexology specializes in the management of peripheral neuropathy without medication. It does this twofold not only does foot reflexology help peripheral neuropathy by improving blood circulation, and by relaxing the muscles of the feet that oftentimes have trapped the nerves, but it also provides pain relief as well. Many clients swear by the effects of reflexology to manage their peripheral neuropathy, and have made it a central feature of their lifestyle change. To see how it can benefit you, please call for an appointment today. For more information co Continue reading >>

I Have Neuropathy In The Legs. What's The Best Type Of Massage For That? Expert Answers About Massage | Zeel

I Have Neuropathy In The Legs. What's The Best Type Of Massage For That? Expert Answers About Massage | Zeel

Theodore Schiff (Northampton, MA) on Jan 6, 2013 I would highly recommend Shiatsu, Thai Yoga Massage, Integrative Acupressure in addition to Reflexology to you for neuropathy in the legs. Ted Schiff-Valley Massage Therapy, (413)687-7878, [email protected] Herman Crespo (Miami, FL) on Dec 23, 2012 Swedish massage, featuring tapping, rubbing and hacking movements, is most often used in treating neuropathy. Other popular forms of massage include Trager, which employs a gentle rocking motion, and Rolfing, which utilizes intense, deep-tissue massageRead more: Neuropathy Massage Treatment | eHow.com John Romano (Oakland Park, FL) on Nov 1, 2012 Saderia Cheatham (Mechanicsville, VA) on Oct 29, 2012 A full body massage would be best just make sure your therapist is familiar with neuropathy. Although massage can relax your muscles and reduce pain if your therapist hasnt done research on it they can cause more harm by applying to much pressure. Good luck finding a perfect Massage Therapist Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 29, 2012 Any type of massage will stimulate blood flow and ease neuropathic symptoms. In reality any type of massage would sooth the issue, but there are specific ones who aim to change the general structure of the muscles and their firing patterns. These would be Shiatsu, Acupressure, Myofacial Release, and PNF stretching techniques. Mirra Greenway (Columbia, MO) on Oct 28, 2012 A clinical diagnosis of neuropathy means that there is a pathological condition of the nerves-and can mean different degrees of permanent damage to your ability to relay impulses both to the brain and back out to the legs. Your ability to perceive pressure may be impaired, and massage should be of a moderate pressure even though you may implore your therapist to "go d Continue reading >>

Neuropathy Symptoms And Treatment

Neuropathy Symptoms And Treatment

Neuropathy is a common disorder that stems from damage to the peripheral nerves, especially those that branch out through the arms, legs, fingers and toes. Neuropathy symptoms include weakness, numbness, tingling, and burning or painful sensations. Diabetes is a frequent cause of neuropathy, but peripheral neuropathy can also be due to toxic trauma (such as from chemotherapy) or mechanical injury, as with carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be caused by putting pressure on nerves, such as the prolonged use of crutches, or even by sitting in the same position for too long. Disorders such as atherosclerosis , autoimmunity, advanced kidney disease and hypothyroidism may also be to blame, as well as certain drugs or environmental toxins. What is the conventional neuropathy treatment? Conventional treatments include tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep) and imipramine (Tofranil). These drugs act on the central nervous system and may reduce pain independent of their action as antidepressants (do not expect immediate results; it usually takes a few weeks for them to bring relief). Common side effects include drowsiness, dry mouth, urinary retention and dizziness. Anti-seizure medications such as phenytoin (Dilantin), carbamazepine (tegretol) and gabapentin (Neurontin) are also used effectively for peripheral neuropathy. If neuropathic pain is due to compression of a nerve by a tumor or a ruptured disc, surgery may be recommended. What neuropathy treatment and natural remedies does Dr. Weil recommend? Your first step should be a general medical checkup to determine if an underlying disease or injury is the cause of your neuropathy symptoms, and if so, to determine its nature. Your doctor should do complete blood work and may refer you to a neurologist who Continue reading >>

Neuropathy And Reflexology

Neuropathy And Reflexology

I went to visit my grandkids last weekend in Pittsburg. My DIL took me for a Reflexology Foot treatment so I could relax. The therapist was surprised how hard She had to press on accupressure points for me to feel it. She asked if I had neuropathy and I said NO. My doctor always does the pin test only on my toes. Is it possible to have neuropathy onnthe bottoms of your feet? 115 pounds, Breast Cancer dx'd 6/16, 6 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation 2000 metformin ER, 100 mg Januvia,Glimperide, Prolia, Gabapentin, Meloxicam, Probiotic with a Prebiotic, , Lisinopril, B-12, B-6, Tumeric, Magnesium, Calcium, Vit D, and Occuvite mostly vegan diet, low fat and around 125 carbs a day, walk 5-6 miles every other day and 1 hour of yoga and light weights. my legs are numb from the knees down, so yeah D.D. Family T1 since 1966, pumper since '03, transplant '08 I have a teensy bit of neuropathy, but part of my foot stiffness is due to other injuries and simple aging. I am currently getting a course of fmt treatment (foot mobilisation therapy). It's a slow, subtle treatment that helps you walk better and will keep your feet going for a long time. There are quite a few videos on youtube with the Australian guy that trained my chiropodist. T1 since 1966, dialysis in 2001, kidney transplant in 02 from my cousin, pumping 03 - 08, pancreas transplant Feb 08 Continue reading >>

I Have Neuropathy Of My Feet Due To Surgery But I M Not Diabetic Wondering What Would Work The Best. My Feet Are Tingling. Expert Answers About Massage | Zeel

I Have Neuropathy Of My Feet Due To Surgery But I M Not Diabetic Wondering What Would Work The Best. My Feet Are Tingling. Expert Answers About Massage | Zeel

Philip O'Brien (Bethlehem, PA) on Sep 25, 2012 Mononeuropathy is damage to a single nerve or nerve group, which results in loss of movement, sensation, or other function of that nerve. It is most often caused by injury, although body-wide (systemic) disorders may cause isolated nerve damage.Long-term pressure on a nerve due to swelling or injury can result in neuropathy. The covering of the nerve (myelin sheath) or part of the nerve cell (the axon) may be damaged. This damage slows or prevents signals from traveling through the damaged nerves.A competent practitioner will be able to diagnose the area of entrapment and provide treatment to free up the adhesions that are entrapping (or putting pressure) the nerve. Techniques such as Graston, ART, and Active Myofascial Release followed by progressive rehabilitation with exercises such as nerve flossing work very well. Macherie Ward (Gretna, LA) on Sep 25, 2012 There are a few things you can do to manage neuropathy. A good diet is key, so looking at your eating habits will be a good start. Make sure you are taking care of your feet. Check for blisters, cracked heels, even broken toe nails. I would recommend getting a pedicure at least once a month. Massage will also aid you in managing your neuropathy. Reflexology is very helpful. I offer reflexology as well as many other massage modalities. Check out my profile and book an appointment - I would love to assist. Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Sep 25, 2012 Hi! I've experienced neuropathy from an autoimmune disease 9 years ago that paralyzed me. The symptoms you mentioned are due to your nervous system "rerouting" itself, growing new pathways to replace the pathways damaged by your surgery or by swelling after your surgery. I received massage therapy from an experienced therap Continue reading >>

Foot Reflexology In Feet Impairment Of People With Type 2 Diabetesmellitus: Randomized Trial 1

Foot Reflexology In Feet Impairment Of People With Type 2 Diabetesmellitus: Randomized Trial 1

This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the CreativeCommons Attribution License to evaluate the effect of foot reflexology on feet impairment of people with type2 diabetes mellitus. this is a randomized, controlled and blind clinical trial. The sample wascomprised by people with type 2 diabetes mellitus who, after being randomized intoTreated group (n = 21) and Control group (n = 24), received guidelines on footself-care. To the Treated Group it was also provided 12 sessions of footreflexology. The scores of impairment indicators related to skin and hair, bloodcirculation, tissue sensitivity and temperature were measured by means of theinstrument for assessing tissue integrity of the feet of people with diabetesmellitus. Chi-square test, Fisher exact test, Mann-Whitney test and regressionanalyzes were applied to the data, considering a significance level of 5% (P value<0.05). participants who received the therapy showed better scores in some impairmentindicators related to skin and hair (hair growth, elasticity/turgor, hydration,perspiration, texture and integrity of the skin/ skin peeling). the foot reflexology had a beneficial effect on feet impairment of people withtype 2 diabetes mellitus, which makes it a viable therapy, deserving investment.This study was registered in the Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials -RBR-8zk8sz. Descriptors: Nursing, Massage, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Lower Extremity Among the complications caused by type 2 diabetes mellitus, arteriopathy and peripheralneuropathy configure the main complications of the lower limbs(1-2). Thesechanges along with the decrease of tissue elasticity and reduction in the range of jointmotion during step may lead to an increase in the concentration of distribution of bodyweight in some r Continue reading >>

Determination Of Efficacy Of Reflexology In Managing Patients With Diabetic Neuropathy: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

Determination Of Efficacy Of Reflexology In Managing Patients With Diabetic Neuropathy: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

Determination of Efficacy of Reflexology in Managing Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial 1Department of Biophysics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 029, India 2Department of Biostatistics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 029, India 3Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 029, India Received 3 June 2013; Revised 22 September 2013; Accepted 20 November 2013; Published 9 January 2014 Copyright 2014 Krishna Dalal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Background. The restricted usage of existing pharmacological methods which do not seem to provide the treatment of diabetic neuropathy may lead to exploring the efficacy of a complementary therapy. In this context, this paper was devoted to evaluate the efficacy of foot reflexology. This health science works on the hypothesis that the dysfunctional states of body parts could be identified by observing certain skin features and be rectified by stimulating certain specific areas mapped on feet. Method. Subjects ( ) with diagnosed diabetic neuropathy were randomly distributed into reflexology and control groups in which both group patients were treated with ongoing pharmacological drugs. Reflexology group patients were additionally treated holistically with the hypothesis that this therapy would bring homeostasis among body organ functions. This was a caregiver-based study with a follow-up period of 6 months. The outcome measures were pain reduction, glycemic control, nerve conductivi Continue reading >>

Peripheral Neuropathy Diet & Treatment

Peripheral Neuropathy Diet & Treatment

Based in New Jersey, Ryan Biddulph has been writing since 2010, with his articles appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM, among others. He has helped clients reach their personal fitness goals since 2001. He also runs an Internet marketing blog. He holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from Kean University and a certificate in Web development from the Cittone Institute. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables for healthy nerve function.Photo Credit: gpointstudio/iStock/Getty Images Nerve damage in the hands and feet that produce sensations, such as pain, numbness and tingling characterize peripheral neuropathy. Common in diabetics, it can also result from medications, injury, infections and toxins to name a few. Depending on the cause, it can sometimes resolve itself. Common treatments include medications and self-care measures. While no official diet exists to treat this condition, certain dietary changes might help promote nerve health. You should discuss treatments with your doctor, particularly any special diets or natural supplementation. Take responsibility for your health and quit self-destructive habits.Photo Credit: QShot/iStock/Getty Images Peripheral neuropathy involves damage to the peripheral nerves that send messages back to the brain. For example, damage to your peripheral nerves can prevent your brain from receiving the signal that your hands are cold or your feet are burning, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. While many conventional medications and treatments can help manage your pain, you must take an active role in treating your peripheral neuropathy by making good lifestyle choices and managing underlying conditions that contribute to your neuropathy. Do not smoke as it affects proper blood circulation. Avoid alcoh Continue reading >>

Revisiting Reflexology: Concept, Evidence, Current Practice, And Practitioner Training - Sciencedirect

Revisiting Reflexology: Concept, Evidence, Current Practice, And Practitioner Training - Sciencedirect

Volume 5, Issue 4 , October 2015, Pages 197-206 Revisiting reflexology: Concept, evidence, current practice, and practitioner training Author links open overlay panel Nurul HaswaniEmbonga Open Access funded by Center for Food and Biomolecules, National Taiwan University Reflexology is basically a study of how one part of the human body relates to another part of the body. Reflexology practitioners rely on the reflexes map of the feet and hands to all the internal organs and other human body parts. They believe that by applying the appropriate pressure and massage certain spots on the feet and hands, all other body parts could be energized and rejuvenated. This review aimed to revisit the concept of reflexology and examine its effectiveness, practices, and the training for reflexology practitioners. PubMed, SCOPUS, Google Scholar, and SpringerLink databases were utilized to search the following medical subject headings or keywords: foot massage, reflexology, foot reflexotherapy, reflexological treatment, and zone therapy. The articles published for the last 10 years were included. Previous systematic reviews failed to show concrete evidence for any specific effect of reflexology in any conditions. Due to its non-invasive, non-pharmacological complementary nature, reflexology is widely accepted and anecdotal evidence of positive effect reflexology in a variety of health conditions are available. Adequate training for practitioners is necessary to ensure the consistency of service provided. Continue reading >>

Supporting Neuropathic Pain With Reflexology And Aromatherapy

Supporting Neuropathic Pain With Reflexology And Aromatherapy

Supporting neuropathic pain with Reflexology and Aromatherapy Neuropathic pain is a condition in which the nerve fibers have been damaged, through injury or dysfunction, and send out incorrect nerve signals to pain centers. Ive been working with clients to manage neuropathic pain for over nine years as a Reflexologist and over three years as a Clinical Aromatherapist. Reflexology is a pressure point modality applied to the maps of the feet, hands, and/or ears which resemble a mirror image of the human body. The therapy works through the chemical, electrical, and nervous systems of the body sending messages to balance organs and parts in far reaching areas of the body. With neuropathy Reflexology has a unique opportunity to gently nudge the damaged nerve fibers to send and receive correct nerve signals. Through light to moderate pressure techniques a stable rhythm of information is sent and received through the Central Nervous System. We see an improvement in blood and lymph circulation throughout the body, an improvement in nerve response, and a general sense of wellbeing after a Reflexology treatment. Research into using Reflexology for peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy , phantom limb pain , multiple sclerosis , HIV-induced neuropathy , and other forms of neuropathic pain indicate this therapy may be of benefit to this population of pain sufferers. Clinical Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant concentrates, known as essential oils, for therapeutic properties according to their chemistry. When supporting a client with neuropathic pain I will select essential oils based on their chemical properties known to enhance circulation, change the perception of pain, and to have analgesic effects when applied topically. Combined Reflexology and Aromatherapy Efforts Continue reading >>

Using Reflexology To Manage Diabetes

Using Reflexology To Manage Diabetes

Once you get past the tickle-factor, getting a foot massage can be one of the most relaxing ways to unwind. Not only does it feel amazing, getting a foot rub also has some pretty amazing health benefits if you can master the right technique. Reflexology is an ancient practice proven to treat and alleviate the symptoms of many diseases. Most of the reflex points that impact the organs of the body are found in the hands and feet. By stimulating these specific areas, recipients can see and feel the effects on the corresponding parts of the body. How reflexology can help manage diabetes In diabetes patients, reflexology can be a very effective tool for controlling insulin production and regulating blood sugar levels. How is this possible? Working on the reflex points that align with the pancreas and the endocrine system encourage the production of insulin by helping the cells of the body to work as efficiently as possible. Likewise, applying pressure to reflex points that correspond with the organs responsible for carbohydrate metabolism can help normalize your blood sugar. Its advised to start a reflexology treatment by targeting the reflex points that correspond with the endocrine glands, which control the entire metabolic system. These include the pituitary gland, pineal gland, thyroid and parathyroid glands, thymus gland, adrenal gland, pancreas gland, and the testes (for men) or ovaries (for women). Next, move onto the parts of the foot that align with the organs responsible for carbohydrate digestion and absorption, including the stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas, and muscle cells. In addition to controlling insulin production and regulating blood sugar levels, reflexology can also improve kidney function and blood flow, alleviate joint pain, and even help pr Continue reading >>

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

What is Peripheral neuropathy? It is a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, which often causes weakness, numbness, and pain, mostly in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body. Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy causes can range from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common causes . People with peripheral neuropathy generally experience an intense searing pain which feels like stabbing, burning or tingling. In many cases, symptoms tend to improve, especially if caused by a treatable condition. Some medicines can reduce the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. Each nerve in your peripheral system has a particular function to perform, so peripheral neuropathy symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected. Nerves are classified into several divisions like: Sensory nerves receiving sensation, such as temperature, pain, vibration or touch, from the skin. Motor nerves, which are in control of the motor nerves. Autonomic nerves, which control important functions like blood pressure, digestion, bladder and heart. Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are as follows: Gradual onset of numbness and prickling or tingling in your feet or hands, which can even spread to the entire length of your legs and feet. Sharp shooting, jabbing, throbbing, freezing or burning pain Touch sensitivity which sometimes reaches extreme levels. Weakness of muscles or paralysis if motor nerves are affected. If autonomic nerves are affected, the signs and symptoms might include: Intolerance to heat and change in sweating habits. Bowel problems, bl Continue reading >>

Benefits Of Massage For Neurotherapy And Pain Management

Benefits Of Massage For Neurotherapy And Pain Management

There are many different types of massage, those that are for comfort and or those for specific conditions or diseases. Here are a few types: Many essential oils that are derived from plants, herbs, flowers, and roots have beneficial therapeutic qualities. Aromatherapy involves the burning of essential oils to elicit a desired effect; for example, lavendar is known to induce calmness and relaxation. When combined with bodywork, aromatherapy can enrich the massage experience immensely. A few drops of essential oil can be added to massage cream or oil and applied to the skin. Professionally trained aromatherapists also blend oils to treat specific conditions. Only experienced professionals and/or those knowledable in the properties of aromatherapy should attempt to blend oils or utilize them in practice, as some oil combinations can be toxic, while others can burn the skin. Connective tissue massage is similar to myofascial release in that it involves working with the bodys fascia, or soft tissue, to relieve pain, tightness, and discomfort. The idea behind connective tissue massage is that restriction in one area of the body negatively affects other areas of the body. Practitioners of this technique hook their fingers into the connective tissue and utilize pulling strokes to lengthen the area. Benefits include pain reduction, tension relief, improved mobility and stress reduction. Deep-tissue massage utilizes slow strokes, direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles with the fingers, thumbs or elbows. Deep-tissue massage works deeply into the muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains; its purpose is to reach the fascia beneath the surface muscles. Practitioners must have a thorough understanding of the human body and have be Continue reading >>

Diabetes Reflexology Foot Massage

Diabetes Reflexology Foot Massage

Ads by Google For over 100 years, massage has been recommended for diabetes. Relaxation from massage has greater than the rest alone. It improves circulation, thus useful for diabetic neuropathy and other complications. Reflexology is simple to perform self-massage without any side effects. Additionally, it is beneficial in controlling diabetes and has numerous health benefits to your entire body. Reflexology for diabetes helps to lower their medicinal dosage to control blood glucose level. High glucose causes & how the reflexology helps to relieve it? High levels of blood glucose are due to defect in carbohydrate or glucose metabolism such as problem with stomach, intestine, liver, pancreas, or muscle cells. You can resolve it by stimulating certain organ reflex points. See the picture for the reflex points of the different organs. Reflexology diabetes foot massage Reflexology for diabetes include massaging reflexes of endocrine glands and organs responsible for glucose metabolism & damaged by hyperglycemia. It is always preferred and advisable to start the reflexology treatment with massaging endocrine glands; which controls the entire bodily function. Then, massage the organs that might cause blood glucose rise. Finally, massage the organs that would be affected due to the high glucose level in blood. Reflexology massage for Endocrine system Pituitary gland - It is the master endocrine gland; its hormone controls other endocrine glands such as thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive glands. Endorphins secreted by the pituitary; acts on the nervous system and reduces pain. Pineal gland - It produces hormone melatonin in the night. Melatonin regulates circadian rhythm (daily bodily rhythms) of the body. Pineal gland is the “third eye.” Thyroid & Parathyroid gland - It p Continue reading >>

A Massage Protocol For Peripheral Neuropathy

A Massage Protocol For Peripheral Neuropathy

A Massage Protocol for Peripheral Neuropathy My last article in the October 2011 issue focused on diabetic peripheral neuropathy and I want to stress the importance of reviewing that information before proceeding on to this protocol. This protocol is only successful when you have full client participation and when you understand the clinical significance and importance of this potentially devastating condition. Under treating or failing to engage the client in their own treatment can render this protocol useless. This is a protocol that requires 100% participation and commitment from the therapist and client. While my focus has been on diabetic peripheral neuropathy, is important to note that this protocol also works for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Some chemotherapy agents cause peripheral neuropathy that is so disturbing and painful to the patient that they consider stopping their chemotherapy treatment. Because that is not a viable option, oncologists will sometimes adapt the chemotherapy treatment in hopes of lessening or preventing the neuropathy. Let's revisit some pathophysiology of peripheral neuropathy as stated in my first article, "distal circulation is compromised and the blood vessels themselves become occluded beginning with the small capillaries. Unable to supply the surrounding tissue and nerves with nutrients and oxygen the resulting oxidative debt ... causes nerves to malfunction sending signals to the brain of pain, tingling, burning and numbness." And now let's recall one of the chief benefits of massage: increased circulation. This peripheral neuropathy massage protocol can be painful to the client so care must be taken to work to the client's tolerance in each session. That being said, however, it's important to bear in mind Continue reading >>

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