Neuropathic pain is a condition in which the nerve fibers have been damaged through injury or dysfunction and send out incorrect nerve signals to pain centers.
Peripheral neuropathy, as defined by Mayo Clinic, is a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body. The peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes mellitus.
People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling. Doctors prescribe medications that can reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy. Always see your doctor first, especially if you notice unusual tingling, weakness or pain in your hands or feet. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.
If someone has seen their doctor and is still not receiving any relief, trying an alternative method may be successful. Because neuropathies come from the nervous system, using healing energy work in conjunction with Foot Reflexology or Cranioosacral Therapy depending on where the neuropathies are, can soothe the inflammation causing the body to calm down the nervous system and sometimes able to repair the damage. The experience of combining energy work with other modalities can make a huge change in the client’s pain either partially or completely relieving the pain. Of course, it depends how much time the client has been in pain, what treatments have been done prior (such as medications), and to what extent the nerves have been affected.. Everyone is different and responds differently to medications and alternative combination energy work.
Working with clients to manage neuropathic pain can be done with a combination of reflexology AND energy work.
Using Reflexology for Neuropathic Treatment. Reflexology is a pressure point modality applied to the “maps” of the feet, hands, and ears. These “maps” resemble a mirror image of the human body. The therapy works through the chemical, electrical, and nervous system of the body sending messages to balance organs and other parts in far reaching areas of the body. With neuropathy, reflexology has a unique opportunity to gently nudge the damaged nerve fibers to send and receive correct nerve signals. Using light to moderate pressure techniques, a stable rhythm of information is sent and received through the central nervous system. so we can see an improvement in blood and lymph circulation throughout the body, an improvement in nerve response, and a general sense of wellbeing after a reflexology treatment. Research into using Reflexology for peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, phantom limb pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV-induced neuropathy, and other forms of neuropathic pain indicate this therapy may be of benefit to this population of pain sufferers.