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      Reflexology for Peripheral Neuropathy

      Reflexology for Peripheral Neuropathy

      Sufferers of Peripheral Neuropathy often have experienced trauma or major infections to get to the point of their peripheral neuropathy diagnosis. It’s a secondary chronic condition that stems from other primary conditions. In short: it’s already been a long road by the time one is diagnosed with Peripheral neuropathy, and it will be a long road still unless you can find some quality of life treatments and commit to reducing symptoms over the long-term. This article will help you to use manual and automatic foot massage and reflexology to treat symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy. 

      Peripheral neuropathy

      The burning, stabbing, tingling, and generally obnoxious pain symptoms are a major cause for fatigue, complacency, and lack of hope for proper relief, which can cause myriad other concerns including physiological and psychological issues. With the rise of diabetes in the United States, the number of cases is already rising and expected to gain critical momentum. If you are a diabetic, you already have reasons to use foot massage and reflexology for improved quality of life and treatment of symptoms, but now that need is higher than ever. 

      Interestingly, there are a plethora of studies that have been concluded in the past decade and a half that center around the efficacy of foot massage and reflexology in the treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy. It helps shed light on some of the science behind the techniques and brings them into the forefront of ancillary treatments and helps to prove their effectiveness outside of anecdotal information you have heard. 

      How can Reflexology and Foot Massage help sufferers of peripheral neuropathy?

      Peripheral neuropathy massage

      It seems pretty clear that there are decades of clinical research that show strong correlations between improved blood flow and massage of all types. In the case of peripheral neuropathy, your feet are major components of the symptoms. To be able to get an easy win early on is great. 

      But the benefits don’t stop at increased blood flow. There are ways to target internals by using reflexology with manual touch therapy on the feet and beyond. Targeting the right areas for your individualized treatment needs offers a good way to ensure some level of relief without huge outlays of time and energy. 

      Relaxation and stress relief is also important. Living with a chronic condition can be mentally and physically fatiguing. Foot massage can address this immediately in most cases.

      The feet are packed with nerve endings and the most direct way to impact peripheral neuropathy is by soothing those tingling, pain-filled nerve endings. Foto massage is an obvious win.  

      Is it realistic to expect a big quality of life improvement and other benefits?

      Peripheral neuropathy Ankle

      Recent studies do show promising returns on investment from a technique perspective. The following clinical studies are excellent examples of the efficacy of such treatments. 

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3913279/

      https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264066418_Effect_of_Self-Foot_Reflexology_on_Peripheral_Blood_Circulation_and_Peripheral_Neuropathy_in_patients_with_Diabetes_Mellitus

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4416467/

      http://iosrjournals.org/iosr-jnhs/papers/vol7-issue5/Version-9/H0705094455.pdf

      These all show a net positive, especially concerning foot massage, with the usual skepticism of reflexology thrown into the conclusions - though the majority of these clinical studies did acknowledge reflexology is a promising area of study for the condition. 

      For those that understand that the quality of life benefits, paired with the improved balance potential, and the blood flow improvements are important parts to treating their peripheral neuropathy, we recommend getting into foot massage in a committed way. One could utilize an automatic massager in conjunction with manual hand touch therapy on the feet to take advantage of the biggest gains shown in these four studies. An improved QoL is a major factor in managing pain, managing sanity, and managing the day-to-day of living with peripheral neuropathy whether as a diabetic or not.