If your hands or feet are numb, painful, or weak, you may have nerve damage known as neuropathy. Chad Mathey, DC, expert chiropractor at Crown Medical Center in Huntsville, gives you relief from neuropathy with chiropractic adjustments and therapies that help your body heal your malfunctioning nerves. If you live in the Huntsville area, phone the helpful Crown Medical Center team for an evaluation, or book an appointment online.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy refers to damaged or malfunctioning nerves anywhere in your body. About half of women and men who have diabetes also have some form of neuropathy. The four types of neuropathy are:

Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage to the nerves in the peripheral nervous system, including the extremities (hands and feet).

Autonomic neuropathy

Autonomic neuropathy affects your autonomic nervous system. Organs that are most often afflicted include your heart, bladder, and digestive system. Your sexual response and perspiration can also be impaired by neuropathy.

Cranial neuropathy

Cranial neuropathy is nerve damage that affects any of the 12 pairs of nerves that control vision, eye movements, hearing, and taste. Neuropathy of the eye muscle is most common and may lead to pain or temporary paralysis.

Focal neuropathy

If you have focal neuropathy, the nerve damage is restricted to just one nerve or one area of the body.

Many women and men have more than one type of neuropathy at a time.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Depending on the type of neuropathy you have, your symptoms may vary. That’s why it’s important to share any usual sensations you have when you consult with Dr. Mathey. Some common symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Tingling or numbness
  • Pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Stabbing sensations
  • Cramping
  • Difficulties with gait or balance
  • Skin infections
  • Ulcers

Lack of sensation (numbness) in the feet or hands can be serious, because you could injure yourself without knowing it. Be sure to inspect your hands and feet carefully every day for signs of damage, especially if you have diabetes.

How does a chiropractor treat neuropathy?

Chiropractic is a holistic approach to health that aims to create homeostasis — or a state of balance and harmony — in your body. When you’re in homeostasis, your body is able to heal itself and function optimally. To create homeostasis and relieve your neuropathy symptoms, Dr. Mathey may recommend a number of treatments, including:

  • Spinal adjustments: to realign your spine
  • Massage: to increase the circulation of healing lymph and blood to injured areas
  • Physical therapy: to strengthen weakened muscles and improve balance
  • Supplements: herbs and minerals to support and heal your nerves

If you have diabetes or suspect you have neuropathy for other reasons, contact Dr. Mathey for a consultation. You can use the convenient online form or call the Crown Medical Center team.