Metabolic syndrome used to be called pre-diabetes. It is a devastating syndrome where blood sugar and blood fats are not handled properly, predisposing us to heart and vascular illnesses, diabetes of course. The frightening thing is how often so many professionals don’t stress its significance and preventive strategies in daily practice. We are seeing more and more of it in younger ages, where the first presenting sign is peripheral neuropathy. We’ll have way more on this next time.
We have discussed in previous blogs the causes of peripheral neuropathy and have in a very simplistic way addressed what might be actually occurring to cause nerve damage at the cellular level. The good news is that we have been able to produce very effective treatments for peripheral neuropathies by combining three specific modalities.
The first is the application of manual therapy. Manual therapies, including massage, mobilization, stretching and spinal manipulation especially have been employed for centuries. The research literature abounds with the effectiveness of manual therapies for many conditions.
Despite abundant research, controversy of course still exists. However, I will tell you, as will any good doctor, that any treatment that proves to be cost-effective and is not harmful should be employed prior to the administration of more expensive and potentially harmful techniques such as powerful medications with unfortunate side effects.
The next part of the treatment protocol is nutrition therapy. This is something that really needs to be tailor-made. However, there are some nutrients that we should address in the context of discussing our treatment program for peripheral neuropathy.
The supplements that are used most commonly are prescribed by health care professionals only after the extensive evaluation is performed in the office. This would have to include, of course, all of your previous medical background, recent laboratory tests, as well as other tests that the doctor may determine warranted for your particular condition.
Lumbar Trauma: Trauma to the lumbar area of the back can be another cause of neuropathy and chronic pain. This trauma can be as slight as lifting a bag of groceries out of the trunk, picking up a grandchild, or bending down to tie a shoe. Our studies show a 60% correlation between repeated injuries to the lower back and subsequent development of neuropathy and chronic pain symptoms.
During the acute phase of localized trauma, inflammation develops reducing arterial and venous blood to the lumbar synaptic junctions. Nerves in the region temporarily shrink due to the reduction in activity. Since the body tends to conserve resources, the affected nerves begin to atrophy, the synaptic junction gap begins to widen, and synaptic minerals leech away making signal transmission more difficult.
Signals of normal strength can no longer cross synapses that are damaged by the reduction in blood flow. The loss of signals across the synapses compounds the process of deterioration. Muscle atrophy and a host of other problems follow. We have found that a signal delivered at 7.83 cycles per second (the body’s natural electromagnetic resonant frequency) and at an amplitude approximately 10 times that originally required will cross these enlarged synapses, repolarize them.
High Blood Pressure Medication: High blood pressure medication not only lowers blood pressure, it also reduces the ability of the arterial blood to refill the veins. This vacancy results as the venous muscle pumps the blood back to the heart. When this occurs the blood has a tendency to pool in the lower extremities; the nerves and synaptic junctions do not have enough necessary nutrition and oxygen to maintain their health resulting in nerve cell atrophy, loss of mineralization, and conductivity of the synaptic junctions as explained above.