Neuralgia is the pain that results from damaged nerves. People with neuralgia experience shooting or burning pains, as well as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the area where the damaged nerve or nerves are. It’s important to seek a proper evaluation from a medical professional to determine what’s causing your pain. In many cases, osteopathic medicine can alleviate your nerve pain.
So, why the burning, tingling, and numbness? Neuralgia has a few different causes, including,
- Tight, stiff muscles
- Damage or injury to the nerve
- Poor posture
- An infection (e.g., shingles)
- Certain health problems (e.g., diabetes)
Neuralgia can lead to severe pain just about anywhere in the body, and you mustn’t just ignore it.
How can an osteopath help?
An osteopath looks for safe, non-invasive therapeutic solutions that provide long-term pain relief and that works well for your body and symptoms. We can tweak and tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs. When it comes to treating neuralgia, the goals of osteopathic manipulative therapy include,
- Helping to realign the body as a whole to improve posture and to take the pressure off the affected nerves
- To help alleviate pain through non-medicinal and nonsurgical approaches but instead through gentle stretches and exercises that improve how your body functions and moves
When you come into the office for the first time, we will perform a thorough evaluation, investigating possible causes for your symptoms and conducting a physical examination. We will ask you questions about your current health, activities, and lifestyle, and go through your medical history. Once we have made our assessment and have determined the cause of your neuralgia, then we can map out your treatment plan.
One of the key benefits of osteopathic medicine is that it improves circulation, which can help stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and assist with a faster recovery. It can also reduce inflammation and help alleviate pain.
Along with regular osteopathic sessions, you will also want to practice a healthy lifestyle, which includes,
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting quality sleep every night
- Managing stress
- Getting regular physical activity
If nerve pain is impacting your daily routine and quality of life, know that an osteopath is here to help. Regular OMT sessions can keep nerve pain at bay. Talk to an osteopathic professional today to schedule a consultation.