Massage Therapy & Neuropathy

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

There are several myths associated with neuropathy. Don’t accept the misconceptions, such as medication is the only way to reduce the pain. Neuropathy is damage and pain to the sensory and motor nerves. Massage therapy can profoundly improve and permanently affect neuropathic symptoms in a positive way. Case studies suggest that frequent application of a specific treatment protocol and daily self-care can reduce painful symptoms – including reduction of medication levels.

All nerves need oxygen to function and survive. One of the greatest benefits of massage therapy is it’s ability to increase circulation. If you have neuropathy you should inform your practitioner. They will be able to follow a carefully scripted protocol for your condition. Self care assignments will also assist you. It’s important for you to make time every day to perform this therapy. It will compliment the work you receive from your practitioner. You should spend 15 minutes on each foot.

* Start by lightly massaging both feet. Squeeze and massage as deeply as you can tolerate, but don’t cause pain.
* Perform the range-of-motion exercise: ‘write out’ the whole alphabet using your toes and ankle joint to trace the shapes in the air.
* Grasp the tip of one toe and massage and squeeze it as deeply as you can tolerate. Repeat for all toes.
* Squeeze and massage all the tissue of your feet between the toes, on both the front and back surfaces of your foot.
* Massage your calves.
* Repeat the range-of-motion exercise a second time.
* Throughout the day, whenever you can, take your shoes off and rub your feet against the floor, bend your toes, and perform your range-of-motion exercise.
* Although your feet may be tender when you begin, your goal is to eventually work soo deeply you can feel bone underneath your skin. This may take some time. Be patient, and work as deeply as you can each time.

Your most important goal is consistent, daily, deep work.

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