Pins and Needles

Acupuncture for neuropathy

Neuropathy refers to dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected area. Acupuncture can be used to improve the circulation, decrease inflammation and 'wake up' the nerves, decreasing pain and/or improving function in the area.     

Peripheral Neuropathy: Many patients report improvement of peripheral neuropathy associated with diabetes or chemotherapy. In these cases, as well as a few other systemic conditions, the pins and needles feeling, numbness, or even burning pain can appear in a sock and glove presentation. A series of acupuncture treatments may be used to reduce these unpleasant symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel: Did you know that acupuncture treatment has been shown to be as effective as oral steroids for Carpal Tunnel? If you or someone you know is suffering from this condition, acupuncture can help to mitigate the symptoms as well as prevent nerve dysfunction from progressing into a more serious condition.  In any case, suspected Carpal Tunnel should be examined by your health care practitioner. Pubmed Article

Thrive Integrative Medicine acupuncturists now offer free phone consultations to answer any questions you may have about acupuncture treatment.

Ashley Kissinger, L.Ac., FABORM is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology and an acupuncturist at Thrive.