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Navigating Neuropathy with Functional Medicine: Innovative Approaches for Relief

Introduction

Neuropathy, characterized by nerve damage often resulting in tingling, numbness, and pain, can be a challenging condition to manage. While traditional treatments focus on symptom relief, functional medicine offers a comprehensive approach aimed at identifying and addressing the root causes of neuropathy. This blog post delves into the promising world of functional medicine testing and treatments for neuropathy, backed by cited research studies.

Functional Medicine Testing: A Personalized Approach

Functional medicine distinguishes itself by taking a holistic and patient-centric approach. Comprehensive testing is a cornerstone of this methodology, allowing practitioners to uncover the specific triggers and imbalances contributing to neuropathy. Studies, such as one published in “The American Journal of Medicine” (2017), emphasize the importance of identifying these root causes for more effective treatment.

Red Light Therapy: A Ray of Hope

Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, has garnered attention as a potential treatment for neuropathy. Research, including a study in “Lasers in Surgery and Medicine” (2018), indicates that red light therapy can improve nerve function, reduce pain, and enhance circulation. By stimulating cellular activity, it may provide relief for those suffering from neuropathy.

Enhancing Nitric Oxide with Supplements

Nitric oxide plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy blood flow and nerve function. Studies published in “The Journal of Clinical Investigation” (2019) highlight the potential of supplements like L-arginine and citrulline in enhancing nitric oxide production. These supplements may improve blood circulation, potentially alleviating neuropathic symptoms.

Addressing Blood Sugar, Trauma, and Infections

Functional medicine doesn’t stop at symptom management but seeks to address the underlying triggers of neuropathy. Research, such as a study in “Diabetes Care” (2019), underscores the link between elevated blood sugar levels and neuropathy. Functional medicine also explores trauma, injuries, and infections as potential causes, offering personalized strategies to mitigate their impact.

Conclusion

Functional medicine testing and treatments offer hope for individuals struggling with neuropathy by addressing the condition’s root causes rather than merely managing symptoms. Red light therapy, nitric oxide-enhancing supplements, and personalized approaches targeting blood sugar, trauma, injuries, and infections provide a multifaceted toolkit for combating neuropathic symptoms. As research continues to evolve, functional medicine continues to hold promise as a holistic and patient-centered approach to managing and alleviating the burdens of neuropathy. It empowers patients with tailored solutions, potentially leading to improved quality of life.

Meet the Author

Dr. Matz DC

Dr. Jeffrey E. Matz, DC, MS, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. He is licensed to practice in SC, NC, and GA. Dr. Matz is passionate about functional medicine and strives to help patients achieve optimal health. His focus is on helping our members with hormone imbalances, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain conditions, and diabetes. Among the thousands of people Dr. Matz has treated include Carolina Panthers football players, PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers, collegiate athletes, and local and international celebrities. Dr. Matz was a semiprofessional cyclist, and has competed in triathlons for the last 7 years, including completing an IRONMAN triathlon.

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