Damaged peripheral nerves, called peripheral neuropathy, lead to an array of health problems and symptoms because they regulate many vital functions.
Some peripheral nerves carry sensory information from your body to your brain, while others relay instructions from your brain to your muscles. Your peripheral nerves also automatically control the systems you need to live, including your heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract.
If you face peripheral nerve problems, you need medical care from an expert in the field. The team at Infinity Regenerative and Neuropathy Center in Plano,Texas provides a high level of expert care. Our specialist, Alma Horrilleno, MD, has devoted nearly a decade to diagnosing and treating peripheral neuropathy.
Here at our practice, we offer important recommendations for managing nerve damage.
Seek medical care
Medical guidance is the first step toward managing peripheral neuropathy. With more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy, you need exceptional treatment that focuses on your type of neuropathy.
In some types of neuropathy, treatment and self-care can heal your nerves. For other types, your treatment may focus on slowing down or preventing progressive disease.
At Infinity Regenerative and Neuropathy Center, we create a personalized treatment plan to ease symptoms like pain, tingling, burning, and numbness. We also offer today's most innovative treatments that effectively relieve nerve-related pain and promote nerve regeneration and healing.
Follow self-care tips
You can complement your targeted medical treatment with self-care that promotes nerve healing and eases your symptoms. We offer our top five tips for managing your peripheral neuropathy:
1. Make dietary changes
Like every part of your body, your nerves need essential nutrients to stay healthy and function properly. A well-balanced diet nourishes your nerves, while nutritional deficiencies such as low vitamin B-12, cause nerve damage.
Diabetes is the top cause of peripheral neuropathy. If you have diabetes, you should watch your carbohydrate intake and control blood sugar levels to prevent nerve damage and slow down progressive nerve disease after neuropathy develops.
In some cases, changing your diet or taking supplements containing specific nutrients may alleviate your nerve pain. After evaluating your overall health, we can suggest dietary recommendations as part of your neuropathy treatment.
2. Reduce stress
Learning new methods to relax goes a long way toward easing the pain of neuropathy. You may want to consider proven stress-reduction techniques such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, or progressive relaxation.
Therapeutic massage does a great job of relaxing your mind and muscles, while also improving blood flow. Gently massaging your feet, legs, hands, and arms stimulates nerve function and supports healing.
3. Stop smoking
Smoking damages blood vessels and restricts circulation. This lack of blood flow can lead to nerve damage and prevent nerve damage from healing. Limited blood circulation may also increase the pain and numbness of peripheral neuropathy.
4. Take a warm bath
A warm bath can help you relax and reduce the pain caused by neuropathy. If your neuropathy causes numbness and loss of feeling, monitor the water temperature to prevent it from getting too hot.
5. Get enough exercise
Exercise increases circulation, reduces blood sugar, and triggers the release of endorphins—your body's natural painkillers. Getting regular exercise also sends more blood to the nerves in your extremities, providing the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal and stay healthy.
Your exercise routine doesn't need to be intense and doesn't require a gym. Taking a walk every day works wonders for boosting blood circulation, improving core muscle strength, and building bones.
If you have questions or want personalized care from a team that specializes in peripheral neuropathy, call Infinity Regenerative and Neuropathy Center or book an appointment online today.