Acupuncture for Numbness & Paralysis Providence, RI
Paralysis-numbness can be caused by any number of things, including peripheral neuropathy, the side effects of a stroke, and serious injuries. In some cases, it is possible to recover from paralysis or numbness with time, physical therapy, and patience, but sometimes it takes more than that.
If your paralysis/numbness develops slowly, and you are a diabetic, then it could be that it is a side effect of the diabetes. Other causes of peripheral neuropathy include alcoholism, arthritis, lupus, drug side effects, and repetitive strain injuries.
One potential treatment for paralysis/numbness and tingling sensations is acupuncture. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is understood that the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are caused by dampness invading the limbs and obstructing the flow of Qi energy.
The way to cure this problem is to treat the cause of the dampness, and help Qi and blood circulate within the area that is being affected. This can be done using acupuncture, physical therapy, herbal remedies, and modern techniques such as TENS machine use, which stimulates the nerves with electrical impulses.
It’s interesting to note that the acupuncture points that are used to treat numbness, tingling and paralysis won’t always be the ones directly on or around the affected area.
While treating the branch is important, it is also important to treat the root. The root point ma differ from person to person, and a good acupuncture specialist will take the time to identify those points before beginning treatment.
Acupuncture and Stroke Patients
If you have had a stroke, then there may be some damage in certain parts of the brain that will stop the brain from being able to communicate with parts of the body.
The good news is that the brain is a powerful and resilient machine, and if you are diligent in your rehabilitation, then you can actually help your brain to rewire itself, and re-learn how to do a lot of things – including move certain paralysed areas – assuming that the nerves in that area are still functioning.
Acupuncture can help with this, because it will trigger those nerves and it will help your brain to start to communicate with the areas that are paralysed.
A lot of people who suffer from strokes are given blood thinners to reduce the risk of them having a second stroke. You may be concerned about having acupuncture while taking this medication, and this is an understandable concern since acupuncture involves needles.
However, the needles are very small and most people do not bleed after using them. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned, but you will most likely find that there is no contraindication for people who are on blood thinners.
Rehabilitation after paralysis is time consuming, and acupuncture by itself will not do the job. You will still need to perform physical therapy exercises, and once you are able to move the affected limb it will take some time before you have full control over it again. However, recovery is possible for a lot of people.
Do not give up hope if you are suffering from numbness, persistent tingling, dulled sensation or paralysis. Work towards a recovery and use the affected limbs as much as possible. Over a period of several months you will hopefully start to see improvement.
Many people defy doctors and make spectacular recoveries. Use those people as your inspiration, and do as much as you can to get better. Ask your friends and family to challenge you and push you in your recovery, and don’t give up hope – you never know if the day that you stop trying is going to be the day of a breakthrough.
TMJ, ALS/Bulbar, Speech issues & Tongue Immobility
When I first came to see Dr. Tad I had issues with my speech, TMJ and tongue immobility.
After only 4 treatments, my jaw was 100% better. After 1 month, my speech was 50% better and my tongue was 75% better. My mental state has also dramatically improved. I was also able to stop ALL drugs.
Prior to seeing Dr. Tad I was told by all MD’s that ALS was irreversible and that death occurred in 3 – 5 years – basically that “Nothing Helps!” I proved them wrong.
— Dick J., S. Kingstown, RI