Did you know there are 2 sides to neuropathy? Neuropathy needs to be tackled from an internal and external perspective. LifeWorks Integrative health does both. Neuropathy is caused by damage to nerves and the blood vessels that support nerves. One of the primary causes of nerves damage is inflammation. In most people inflammation comes from a compounding effect of a variety of health issues like chronic disease, food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, stress, poor sleep, and eating high inflammatory foods. Conventional approaches to neuropathy never consider food choices as a cause, but generally jump straight to antiseizure medications to trick the brain into not feeling pain. This is not a solution, but only a band-aid that covers up the pain while the underlying issues continue to progress.
The real solution for neuropathy is to tackle it from both inside and out. The external approach is the expertise of the LifeWorks Integrative Health physical medicine team. The experienced chiropractic and rehab team understands how nerves and muscles work in order to repair and regenerate nerve function. The functional medicine team at LifeWorks Integrative Health is your trusted team for stopping the underlying, root cause of your neuropathy.
External Neuropathy Treatment
The external treatment for neuropathy is all about increasing blood flow to the nerves and promoting regeneration and preservation of the nerves. Through light therapy, stem cell therapy, and stimulation of the nerves for growth and healing neuropathy symptoms can be stopped and nerve health preserved. Many doctors treating neuropathy simply do not understand the effective long term neuropathy treatment options available and simply rely on temporary, potentially dangerous medications.
The methods of physical nerve support LifeWorks uses are crucial for improving, stopping, and preventing pain, tingling, numbness and other neuropathy symptoms. While the internal causes of neuropathy are being addressed, the external treatment of neuropathy can prevent further damage, stop pain, and improve your quality of life. There is no substitute for preserving and improving nerve function and the quicker this can happen, the better your health will be.
Internal Neuropathy Treatment
This is the area of neuropathy treatment that is often overlooked. Neuropathy always has an underlying cause. The most common cause of neuropathy is diabetes. The inflammation that high, uncontrolled blood sugar takes on the body is immense. High blood sugars damage nerves and blood vessels and controlling blood sugars is one of the best ways to prevent neuropathy. However, other underlying health issues can also cause neuropathy such as food sensitivities, autoimmune disease, chronic disease, insulin resistance, nutrient deficiencies and more.
Many people experience neuropathy pain from consuming gluten-containing foods and when gluten is removed, the pain resolves as long as there has not been too much nerve and blood vessel damage. Gluten is one example of a food that can contribute to neuropathy, but other high inflammatory foods such as processed grains, processed sugar, refined seed oils, dairy, and gluten can increase inflammation causing neuropathy.
What to Eat for Neuropathy?
Eating a low-inflammatory diet, and repleting nutrient deficiencies may seem like an unimpressive way to treat neuropathy, but these two things are at the core of resolving neuropathy and preventing further damage. More details on the LifeWorks way of eating can be found here.
What to Eat:
- Grass-fed, pastured, organic meat and eggs
- Vegetables of all kinds (organic when possible)
- High-quality fat: olive, coconut, avocado oil, fresh avocado, coconut cream, full-fat coconut milk
- Fruit (½ c serving per meal/snack and organic when possible)
- Fermented foods
- Nuts and seeds
What Not to Eat:
- Processed and refined grains and sugar
- Gluten-containing foods
- Processed seed oils such as: corn, soybean, canola, cottonseed oil
- Conventionally raised meat and eggs
- Processed fats such as: margarine, Crisco, canola oil, and butter substitute spreads
The functional medicine team at LifeWorks are incredibly skilled at finding and resolving systemic inflammation that contribute to health conditions like neuropathy.