Neuropathy - Is it Getting on Your Nerves?


Neuropathy is a serious health condition. It can lead to serious health challenges. Remember the nerve system is the very system that carries life and energy from the brain to the body powering all cells, organs and tissues in the body. Peripheral neuropathy refers to the conditions that result when nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body are damaged or diseased. Damage to these nerves interrupts communication between the brain and other parts of the body and can impair muscle movement, prevent normal sensation in the arms and legs and cause pain.

Neuropathy can be complicated, and is associated with a number of different medical conditions.  There are many causes of neuropathy. This includes physical trauma, repetitive injury, infection, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins and some drugs. If you suffer with neuropathy you are not alone. It is estimated that upwards of 20 million Americans suffer from this illness. It is more common than you may think. Neuropathy has an alarming annual cost to Medicare exceeding $3.5 billion. 

The term 'neuropathy' covers a wide area and many nerves, but the problem it causes depends on the type of nerves that are affected. There are sensory nerves, motor nerves and autonomic nerves, all serving a different function of the body. When sensory nerves (the nerves that control sensation) are affected, you can experience tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness in the feet and hands. When motor nerves (the nerves that allow power and movement) are affected this can cause weakness in the feet and hands. Lastly, autonomic nerves (the nerves that control the systems of the body eg. gut, bladder, reproductive organs, etc.) may cause changes in the heart rate and blood pressure or sweating. As you can see, damage to the nerve system can cause enormous challenges for the body. One of the most overlooked areas of the human body that causes neuropathy is the spine. Don’t forget the spine houses and protects the spinal cord and nerve roots. The only two parts of your body that are surrounded by bone for protection are your brain and spinal cord. Spinal damage, spinal misalignments, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, and spinal arthritis, to name a few, can all cause neuropathy.

The most important thing to note is that there are many things you can do naturally that are non-invasive to help with neuropathy. You have options. From diet and blood sugar management to spinal health and hygiene, you have options when it comes to neuropathy. Stop suffering and start learning what natural options are available to you.  

I will be hosting a workshop on NEUROPATHY at Panera Bread on July 22, 2015 at 7pm. If you suffer with numbness and tingling in the extremities, muscle weakness and fatigue, sciatica symptoms, carpal tunnel symptoms or anything related to neuropathy, please join us to learn more. It is our mission to educate our community towards superior health and vitality through natural healthcare. Come join us and be our guest and together lets put an end to Neuropathy. We hope to see you there!

Dr. Bryan Ruocco is a local chiropractor and wellness advocate. He owns and operates the Power of LIFE Wellness Center located in the heart of Rocky River.

Bryan Ruocco

Dr. Bryan Ruocco is a local chiropractor and wellness advocate. He owns and operates the Power of LIFE Wellness Center located in the heart of Rocky River. Dr. Ruocco graduated from the prestigious Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, GA. He graduated in the top of his class and received Magna Cum Laude Honors. He has an extreme passion to help other experience exceptional health and is dedicated to serving his community with the latest in non-drug, wellness care. Dr. Ruocco is married to his wife Melissa and have 3 beautiful children who go to school in the local area.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015