Peripheral nerve damage is a difficult condition to combat. The basic treatments are effective (for some) at suppressing the symptoms of neuropathy, but allow the underlying nerve damage to continue deteriorating. Alternate treatments like vibration therapy have shown efficacy when it comes to reducing painful symptoms of nerve damage, and encouraging nerve re-growth at the very same time.
The most effective way to address peripheral nerve damage is to employ your body's natural healing and regenerative processes. Assisting your body to heal itself. Your nerves, just like the rest of your body, want to be healthy.
When Peripheral Neuropathy begins and our nerves start to die off, the symptoms can be painful. Typically, these sensory symptoms are addressed with “masking" medications, but they do not address the nerve damage that's been caused.
There is a growing body of research that teaches that treating nerve damage, is best approached with a combination of therapies through a few key modalities that have proven efficacy.
1) Increase blood flow
2) Strengthen muscles to stimulate nerves
3) Increase oxygenation
4) Improve strength and balance
5) Improve sensory function
Vibration therapy not only helps to encourage your body's natural capability to regenerate nerves, but it can also lessen the pain associated with nerve damage at the very same time.
A key thing about vibration therapy is the relationship that exists between your blood and your nervous system. They are closely aligned. Good circulation and healthy nerves go hand-in-hand, and this is why many of the most effective methods for fighting peripheral nerve damage involve encouraging better circulation to the periphery.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to encourage sustained blood flow throughout the body, but exercise is simply not always a viable option. Some patients are simply too frail, weak, or have too much pain for regular exercise, while others have had their nerve damage progress to a point that makes exercise entirely impossible.
Vibration therapy produces positive effects similar to what might be most typically seen after a round of vigorous resistance-based exercise.
The primary reasons that exercise is so helpful in the fight against peripheral nerve damage are twofold:
1. Muscle Contraction = Nerve Use
When you exercise your muscles, you're sending constant signals to them. Exercise activates these nerves, which is one of the best ways to keep them healthy and functional.
2. Increase Blood Flow and Oxygenation
Muscle use signals your body to increase blood flow to the area, in addition to oxygenating your blood by increasing your breathing rate and elevating your heartbeat. The increased flow of highly oxygenated blood through your body is nourishing to your nerves, encouraging healing and feeding them the nutrients.
1) Reducing pain and sensitivity due to sensory symptoms of peripheral neuropathy
2) Improving muscle strength, resulting in higher levels of balance and coordination — this reduces the risk for dangerous falls and accidents
3) Increasing vibration sensitivity, helping with gait improvement and a reduced risk for resulting alignment issues
4) Increasing nervous system stimulation
5) Increasing sensory nerve function
6) Alleviating stress
7) Boosting metabolism