Physical Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy


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Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

Many people suffer from lower extremity pain, numbness and tingling that can cause people to lose sleep and exercise less. There are many reasons that this can occur. One of the main reasons is peripheral neuropathy, or diabetic nerve pain that is caused by nerves damaged by diabetes. People living with diabetes can have elevated blood sugar levels, and over time, these elevated levels can cause permanent damage to the nerves of their feet and hands.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

 Aquacare Physical Therapy can offer treatment for these symptoms using a method of treatment called “The Rebuilder”. Click here to find out more about “The Rebuilder”

“The Rebuilder” is a tens like device that duplicates the exact waveform and frequency of a healthy peripheral nerve signal to help treat and eliminate the painful symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, chemotherapy induced neuropathy, MS, and idiopathic neuropathy. “The Rebuilder” can also help with upper extremity carpal tunnel pain. It is easy to use, involves 30-minute treatments per day, and has no side effects, Simply sit in a chair in the office and enjoy “The Rebuilder” for a soothing 30 minute treatment. “The Rebuilder” can be used once or twice a week as long as symptoms continue to subside. Then as needed, whenever they feel the symptoms returning or aggravated.

“The Rebuilder” can help the following

  • Decrease your pain and discomfort
  • Help you to sleep better with less restlessness
  • Help to walk pain free with better balance and less falls
  • Help to rebuild muscle strength
  • Assist with decreasing reliance on pain medications.

Other Physical Therapy Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

Strengthening Exercises-  Strengthening exercises for peripheral neuropathy can improve muscle strength in people with peripheral neuropathy. In addition, exercises to help peripheral neuropathy, may reduce neuropathic pain and may help better control blood sugar levels. Your physical therapist can help you design an appropriate and effective exercise program for peripheral neuropathy.

Balance and coordination activities. Your physical therapist will develop an exercise program to improve your balance and coordination, thus decreasing your risk for falls.

Nerve gliding exercises and movement- Nerve gliding is a therapy technique that helps your nerves to function optimally.  Specific motions that move and “glide” your nerves are often effective at promoting proper healing of the nerve, thus decreasing pain with peripheral neuropathy. Your physical therapist can show you effective exercises for “nerve gliding”. .

Balance and coordination activities. Your physical therapist may work on strategies to improve your balance and coordination, both of which may be altered by peripheral neuropathy. Improving balance and coordination can help decrease your risk of falling.

Patient Education- An important part of your physical therapy treatment for peripheral neuropathy is education to help improve your safety with activities, to prevent further complications, and to keep you active! 

To find out more about the use of “The Rebuilder” for peripheral neuropathy visit our website

If you are suffering from lower extremity peripheral neuropathy, feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists.

Written by Rob Gordy, PTA at our Salisbury location 

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