Dr. Shook reviews some of the current literature on natural treatments for peripheral neuropathy.

Dr. Shook reviews some of the current literature on natural treatments for peripheral neuropathy.

Natural Treatment Peripheral Neuropathy Research


Natural treatments for peripheral neuropathy are growing in awareness everyday. The scientific literature has numerous research papers supporting several different therapies that are beneficial for peripheral neuropathy, but many of these treatments have not made it into mainstream rehabilitation. You may ask yourself, “if these therapies work, why isn’t everyone using them?” Consider this, there are several different causes and types of neuropathy.

Most people are unaware that they have a specific type of neuropathy, and that their are actually many different causes of neuropathy. The problem is that every single person has to be treated differently. You can not apply the same therapy to every patient, it just doesn’t work. Neuropathy is not the kind of problem that you can apply simple “one size fits all” protocol to. To have success treating neuropathy you have to look at the entire person form a “whole person” perspective.

That means to you look at the person’s internal chemistry through several different types of labs. Then you look at them neurologically to help you better understand what nerve type (small or large fiber nerves) is being effected by the neuropathy. Last, you look at the person structurally. Why structurally? For example, the nerves in your lower back leave your spine and run into your legs and feet. If you have a degenerative spine condition, or even low grade lower back spinal degeneration that area of the spine may need to be treated with a therapy to decrease pressure on the nerves.

If you compress the nerves at the lower back, even very slightly, it will cause problems in nerve health down the length of the nerve. Bottomline, you have to look at the person’s whole health picture. Even the brain is critically important in neuropathy, and frankly any chronic health condition. The brain controls and regulates every function in the body, this is why I use functional neurology when appropriate.

I put the information together in the videos below to help patients and potential patients better understand why we might opt for a specific therapeutic approach to supporting their neuroapthy.

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