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The Evolving Specialty Practice of Neuropathy Treatment

It’s hard to believe its already five years since NeuropathyDR® developed some of the most powerful protocols to help end the misery of chronic pain due to peripheral neuropathy and related disorders. Just as we predicted in 2009, those professionals claiming to be able to treat neuropathy have sprung up like weeds.

Some have done a fine job. Others have gotten themselves in hot water. Some have blatantly stolen our work.

And more still have discovered there is a true art and clinical science to really helping these suffering patients regain their quality of life, if not their once vibrant health and the value of being affiliated with only like-minded health care professionals.

Now Dr Michael Beck and myself predicted all of this. Mike remains the premier patient communicator for the chiropractic profession and was instrumental in launching NeuropathyDR®. Now, other medical writers from all disciplines have joined forces to tell the NeuropathyDR Story to the world.

So, here is a recap of where NeuropathyDR Professionals are today!

The book “Beating Neuropathy-Taking Misery to Miracles in Just 5 Weeks!” remains a bestseller and maintains a 4 Star Rating on Amazon! Every day, thousands more around the world learns there are very viable choices to drug-only neuropathy treatment. It’s sequel with patient stories and helpful condition specific care is due out shortly!

The Website NeuropathyDR and its 20+ co-branded sites bring hundreds of new visitors every day, consistently ranking high with local and international search engines.

The First Beat Neuropathy and Chronic Pain App is now in iTunes and the Apple store! This powerful tool connects the world with up to the minute neuropathy information and resources. Download it now HERE

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The Weekly radio shows Beating Neuropathy and Chronic Pain is broadcast on FM Radio every Sunday night and live streamed around the world!

Our social media presence continues to grow and expand with patients around the world sharing their NeuropathyDR® stories with friends and family.

Within days, iTunes and Beating Neuropathy and Chronic Pain podcasts begin with related articles and patient resources at a brand new website…

And then there is YouTube/Neuropathy Doctor, numerous professional articles published, our work with the American College of Physical Medicine, NeuropathyDoc Twitter feeds…

In short, we built our company to be the best, and it’s an honor to work with professionals just like you every day.

If you’d like to  learn more about these and upcoming opportunities including becoming one of our licensed treatment centers special practice owner financing and BONUSES, go to NeuropathyDR Professionals or call Jes TODAY at 781-754-0599.

Neuropathy and Exercise/Rehab For Your Specialty Practice

Neuropathy and Exercise

Pain, muscle control problems, and overall health complications can make even everyday activities for your patients suffering from neuropathy harder to manage.  For some of those patients, the prospect of exercising will seem not only unrealistic but an almost ironic misplacement of their priorities.  As you know, though, exercise is important for everyone. In your patients, it can actually help control blood sugar and slow down the progression and symptoms of the condition.

Exercising regularly greatly decreases anyone’s risk of diabetic neuropathy, and has been shown to control symptoms and deterioration in neuropathy patients  by elevating overall blood flow to the limbs and controlling cardiovascular atrophy.  Depending on a patient’s specific type of neuropathy, the areas affected, and the extent of their damage, neuropathy patients should be advised to adjust conventional workout routines to accommodate their condition.  Advise patients with neuropathy to consult you before they begin any workout program.  When they do, be sure to inspect their feet and legs for signs of potential problems, and make sure their shoes are properly fitted so as to avoid neuropathy-related injuries.  Contact us if you have any questions about how to advise patients interested in starting a fitness program; NeuropathyDR® has resources that can help.

Here are some general guidelines to pass along to patients, to help them avoid neuropathic complications:

  • To use silica gel or air midsoles
  • To use polyester or polyester/cotton blend socks to keep their feet dry
  • To avoid any workout clothes that rub against their skin in the same area.

Ann Albright of the Division of Diabetes Translation in Atlanta cautions that neuropathy patients will want to steer clear of most repetitive or weight-bearing exercise, such as running, walking, or extensive weight training (although some sources advocate weight training as beneficial, in moderation).  So which exercises are the most beneficial while reducing risk?

There is no substitute for appropriate PT and Rehab in Specialty Practice

Swimming is one of the best exercises to recommend, as it is an activity adaptable to any age, fitness level, or degree of neuropathy symptoms.  Swimming is also a full-body, “no-impact” workout, and so is less harmful to a patient’s joints, legs, and feet than most other forms of exercise, without sacrificing circulation.  As such, it is highly recommended for almost anyone.

Bicycling, rowing, and use of a stationary bicycle are other excellent, low-impact activities that can be safely integrated into a neuropathy treatment program.  Some organizations have even developed exercise programs for senior citizens suffering from neuropathy, incorporating a heavy emphasis on seated exercises.

In the event a patient does not have regular access to facilities or equipment for more extensive exercise, there are some basic exercises you can teach that can help your patients control their dexterity and neuropathy symptoms:

  • For hands, touch the pad of your thumb with your index finger, running the finger down to the base of your thumb. Then, repeat the movement with the index, middle, ring, and little fingers. Do this exercise several times.
  • For legs and feet, straighten one knee and point your foot.  Flex your ankle five times, then circle your foot five times in each direction, clockwise and counterclockwise.
  • To increase balance, try this exercise: from a standing position, rise up slowly on your tiptoes, and then rock backward onto your heels. Keep your knees straight, but try not to lock them.

Additional precautions are vital for neuropathy patients to observe.  Advise patients that, after every workout session, they should remember to check their feet and any relevant extremities for blisters, irritation, or sores. These could be vulnerable to infections, which themselves could elevate risk for amputation.

It is especially important for neuropathy patients to be mindful of their heart rate and blood pressure.  Especially if they suffer from autonomic neuropathy, which can greatly increase risk of heart failure or cardiac arrest, advise them of their limitations when it comes to exercise.  There is an appropriate level of exercise for almost everyone, even those with heart risks, but the degree of exercise you advise will obviously vary on a case-by-case basis.

Finally, be sure to make your patients aware that neuropathy sufferers are at high risk when it comes to overheating, since some types of neuropathy can reduce the body’s ability to temperature-control.  Advise them to keep a close monitor on their body temperature, and to let you know immediately if their sweating seems overly profuse or the opposite, less than normal.

If you have any questions about how patients diagnosed with neuropathy should exercise, contact us. NeuropathyDR® can answer your questions and has the resources you need to help your patients stay fit, healthy, and active while living with neuropathy!

 

http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5162775_exercise-peripheral-neuropathy.html

http://journal.diabetes.org/diabetesspectrum/98v11n4/pg231.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/99573-exercise-peripheral-neuropathy/

http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20189334,00.html

http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20188832,00.html