Written By: Dr. Katrina “Kitt” A. Chojnicki-Hill, Acupuncture Physician
Winter is a specifically challenging time of year for people who suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Walking on cold tile floors can make it nearly impossible to get the feet warm, resulting in horrendous agony from the feet. While peripheral neuropathy is a year-round problem, the cold of winter turns up the level of pain dial. If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, you know the resulting pain and numbness can be almost unbearable. Are you ready to take charge of your pain, lower the tingling, burning, buzzing, and even walking on glass feelings? Acupuncture can help!
Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, has a different approach to wellness from the Western paradigm. Peripheral neuropathy is damaged nerves in the hands and or feet, or the peripheral nervous system. In TCM, the symptoms related to peripheral neuropathy can be associated with several diagnoses: Qi Stagnation, Blood Deficiency, Blood Stasis, and several Kidney Deficiency syndromes. The goal of an Acupuncture Physician is to restore the body to a harmonious state.
An example is a patient with neuropathy who is diagnosed with Qi Stagnation with Blood stasis in the lower legs with underlying blood deficiency; the treatment principle would be to Break Blood Stasis, Move Qi, Invigorate Blood, and Supplement Blood to relieve pain. The treatment could include Acupuncture, Injection therapy, BEMER therapy, Infrared light therapy, Fire Cupping, Massage, Auricular Therapy, Supplements, Nutrition therapy, and Herbal therapy. The Physician will discuss the various modalities with the patient and establish a treatment protocol.
Looking at the TCM treatment and translating it to Western “speak,” the treatment protocol restores circulation to nourish the various tissues to relieve pain. In particular to stimulate and restore the nerve endings.
Make an appointment with Dr. Kitt today to discuss your neuropathy challenges. She is located inside White Sand Therapeutic Massage & Facials and is conveniently located in Sarasota. She serves the Siesta Key, St Armands, Lido Key, and Longboat Key areas.