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Benefits of Peripheral Neuropathy Massage
While massage is not yet considered a ‘conventional’ treatment for peripheral neuropathy it is increasingly recommended by medical practitioners simply because it clearly delivers a wide number of potential benefits. Massage helps to stimulate the blood flow – essential for maintaining and repairing damaged nerves – as well as reducing the pain associated with damaged tissue. Some specialized massage treatments also help enhance people’s pain threshold.
Some of the primary and secondary benefits associated with using massage for treating peripheral neuropathy include:
Stimulating blood circulation to affected areas
Enhances skin health
Increases joint flexibility
Encourages nutrients and oxygen to flow throughout the body
Reduces nerve pain
Produces positive endorphins (our natural painkiller)
Helps people cope with arthritis
Boosts mood and creates a sense of optimism
What Kinds of Massage Works Best for Peripheral Neuropathy?
There are many different styles of massage that can each provide more focused treatments depending on the location and style of the peripheral neuropathy. Deep tissue, neuromuscular, and connective tissue massages are particularly effective for stimulating that essential circulatory system, although these do need to be administered professionally. More general ‘Swedish’ massages are best performed gently to help provide benign relief from pain alongside a pleasant psychological boost.
A good proportion of patients find that having these performed on a semi-regular basis provides lasting improvements. Talk to your healthcare provider to discuss how different forms of specialist massage therapy can help manage peripheral neuropathy.
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Are There Any Risks?
There are very few risks from professionally administered massages for peripheral neuropathy. Before their first session patients will be evaluated for their suitability according to their existing medical status. Only a handful of ailments make people unsuitable for massage therapy.
Treatments are intended to prevent and decrease exposure to pain although there can be occasional aches following the first treatment or two. Good massage professionals will discuss the procedures as they are administered and encourage their patients to inform them what sensations they are feeling. The more details patients can relay to their provider the better they will be able to target the exact areas that are causing the most trouble.
When massage therapy is fully applied the results can be quite phenomenal – so approach this proactively and make use of the best professional services available.