Are You Familiar with Peripheral Neuropathy?


The musculoskeletal system is intertwined with almost every other body system that we as humans are in possession of. Our skeletons comprise our body’s entire structure, giving us an upright layout and the ability to perform physical activities, and our muscles are responsible for upholding the skeleton in terms of support.

The skeleton and muscles are also able to protect other body systems. For example, the rib cage forms a protective covering for two of our body’s most important organs, the lungs. The breast plate and the sternum protect the heart, and our pelvises are responsible for protecting our reproductive and excretory organs.

The nervous system is the body system that is most closely linked with our musculoskeletal system. The nerves that run alongside our muscles and bones are crucial for internal communication within the body as well as for the triggering of so many biological responses. When there is a problem occurring within the nervous system, then there is the potential for significantly more damage than to just the nervous system alone.

One condition called peripheral neuropathy can be quite crippling. Characterized by seemingly endless numbness, tingling, and chronic pain  in the extremities due to overactive neurons, peripheral neuropathy affects the lives of so many individuals. This condition is more common in individuals with diabetes, but it is not restricted to this population. 

For individuals with peripheral neuropathy, it may seem like there is no end in sight and no way to manage their condition. No pharmaceutical medications help, and anything else that they have tried does nothing for the chronic pain they are experiencing. Chiropractic care is not often thought of in these scenarios, but it actually may be able to bring about much better outcomes in individuals experiencing peripheral neuropathy.

In realigning the musculoskeletal system to ensure that the large nerves that run along these body parts are communicating, chiropractors are able to restore proper signaling and reduce the perceived need of the neurons to fire excessively. The restoration of musculoskeletal alignment can prove to be quite beneficial for peripheral neuropathy patients.

The relationship between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system is quite close, so if you are experiencing a problem in one of these body systems, problems may be occurring in the other. However, the solution to your problems may be rooted in the other body system as well.

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