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Can Acupuncture Help Neuropathy?

Is unexplained pain, tingling, or numbness in your extremities or your face disrupting your life? Peripheral neuropathy, which affects at least 20 million Americans, could be to blame. If you are diabetic, have kidney issues, or have suffered spinal compression, you could be at risk for neuropathy.

At Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville, we provide consultations and treatments for those suffering from neuropathy and back pain. Our team of chiropractors are experienced in dealing with nerve pain and can perform acupuncture treatment for holistic relief. 

Understanding neuropathy

More than 100 different types of peripheral neuropathy exist, and the symptoms and region affected can vary from person to person.


Mononeuropathy affects a single nerve. A common example of this type of neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. The big nerve that passes through the center of the tunnel that forms your wrist is compressed, causing tingling, numbness, or shooting pain. 


Polyneuropathy affects multiple nerves. People who have suffered a spinal injury or degenerative disc disease often end up with multiple nerves in their back becoming trapped and compressed.  

Diabetic neuropathy

Chronically high blood sugar can slowly damage nerve endings. Usually this causes poor circulation that starts in the legs and works its way up. You feel burning, itching, and stabbing pain in your toes and feet, then your legs, and finally your hands or even your nose.  

Acupuncture for neuropathy

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique used to treat pain and relieve discomfort. At Integrated Medical Solutions, Dr. David Shreve specializes in acupuncture. He carefully inserts thin needles into various points on your body to reduce your peripheral neuropathy symptoms. 

Acupuncture works

The needles target pressure points in your body to stimulate the nervous system. The stimulation releases endorphins into the muscles, spine, and brain. Your body changes its response to pain in reaction, and your symptoms lessen. 

Acupuncture also stimulates blood flow, which can help relieve circulation issues and repair nerve damage. A pilot study of neuropathy patients treated with acupuncture shows reports of improvement in 75% of treated patients.  

Acupuncture is safe

Acupuncture treatment performed by a qualified professional in a clean environment has been shown to be safe, and there are very few complications ever reported as long as sterile needles are used. 

The needles are so small that five could fit inside a hypodermic needle, so you barely feel anything as Dr. Shreve inserts them.   

Are you looking for safe, effective, minimally invasive treatment for your neuropathy? Ask us about acupuncture. Our team at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville, Tennessee, is ready to help. Get in touch by calling or requesting an appointment online.

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