Will massages, acupuncture, or acupressure
massages relieve symptoms of peripheral neuropathy??? Physician suggested, woman
Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014 05:59:18 PM
- Acupuncture treatments, along with acupressure (self or shiatsu) massages, have
positively affected neuropathy and may provide relief. Weekly acupuncture treatments have
been found to be beneficial for neuropathy, energy levels, and general well-being.
Although how it works is not yet understood, it does work for some people, is without
pain, is safe, and even relaxing (Clinical Center News, National Institute of
Health, Oct 1994, p.4-5).
- Acupuncture at the points that energetically link the lungs and the feet.
- Massage therapy, with an emphasis on reflexology, twice a week helps considerably. This
works better in conjunction with exercise program.
- During the second round of the same chemo as first round, one woman used acupuncture and
found it prevented the recurrence of neuropathy.
- Another woman found that acupuncture helped considerably for a while, but then leveled
- One reader consulted a neurologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, 2
acupuncturists, a reflexologist, a masseuse, and a chiropractor. None produced a
noticeable long lasting change. Only one thing helped and that was swimming three times
each week. Eighteen months after the completion of her treatment, the neuropathy is
- Another had trouble with her balance, so at first she did water aerobics. Once her
balance returned, she began land exercises.
- Another sleeps every night with arm/wrist bands on her arms. They are the kind with
metal inserts which are sometimes worn by those with carpal tunnel syndrome. While
uncomfortable in hot weather, they allow her to crochet and knit during the day again!
- Have a husband or friend trained in therapeutic or deep tissue massage, and then do it
- Soak in salt water and follow the salt bath with a massage.
- Compression stockings were first worn by one woman because of some leg swelling, but
helped considerably with neuropathy.
- Use a battery operated foot massager.
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) may be helpful, but this needs to be
done by a qualified health care practitioner.