Neuropathy is a term that doctors generally use to describe a general illness or defect of the nervous system when the nerves throughout a person’s body become damaged due to injury or disease. Neuropathy is always classified by the disease-causing it, and that depends on the location of the nerves affected, Diseases that cause significant damage to our nerves are diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune, infection, post-herpetic neuralgia, alcoholism, genetic disorders, amyloidosis, and Uremia. Toxins, drug addiction, dependency, injury, and tumors can also cause nerve damage.
There are numerous types of neuropathy illnesses, such as Peripheral neuropathy which affects toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands, and arms. Proximal neuropathy which affects the hips, buttocks, and shoulders. Cranial neuropathy (optic and auditory) happens when the cranial nerves are damaged causing visual and hearing problems. Autonomic neuropathy is caused by injury to the involuntary nervous system. These nerves regulate the heart, blood circulation, digestion and bowel/bladder function. Focal neuropathy is limited to one area of the body. This kind of nerve damage can be debilitating to a person’s life, affecting their daily activities and livelihood.
Neurofeedback has proved to be a profoundly useful form of treatment for those who suffer from neuropathy. Case in point, in a 2017 study issued in the Clinical Neurophysiology, neurofeedback therapy has proven to limit the amount of pain that neuropathy patients feel. The subjects were paraplegic patients experiencing central neuropathic pain. These patients were each given between 20 and 30-minute treatments and monitored with EEG recordings, where pain diminished after the first few sessions. Also, a study one year earlier conducted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found a decrease in cancer patients with chronic pain (due to chemotherapy) and an increase in their quality of life. Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D., assistant professor Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson, identified the location of the brain activity that caused the physical and emotional aspects of chronic pain, which allowed patients to alter their brain activity through electroencephalogram (EEG). EEG monitors and records brain wave patterns by attaching sensors to a person’s scalp and then sends signals to a computer to record the results.
Another excellent treatment for those who suffer from neuropathy illness is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. By sending 100 percent pure oxygen deep into the tissues, it decreases cell death and pain symptoms. Hyperbaric oxygen also excites the growth of new blood vessels, allowing the body to increase vital oxygen and nutrient delivery. Also, this allows for new blood vessel growth in the brain, allowing the brain to generate new stem cells, which will then turn into new brain cells helping to repair damage previously done to the body. At the Eustache Institute, we combine these two methods of treatments when treating our neuropathy patients. It has proven to be positively profound, genuinely diminishing their symptoms and allowing for them to live a happy, healthy fulfilled life once again.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. For more information, please visit www.EustacheInstitute.com. You can also find Dr. Elena Eustache on Instagram and Facebook.