Peripheral neuropathy is a set of symptoms caused by damage to the nerves that are away from the brain and spinal cord. These distant nerves are called peripheral nerves. They carry sensations (feeling) to the brain and control the movement of our arms and legs. They also control the bladder and bowel.
Some of the chemotherapy and other drugs used to treat cancer can damage peripheral nerves. When this happens it is called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). This can be a disabling side effect of cancer treatment.
This damage to the nerves can be repaired. We use several therapies to address this damage and encourage healing and repair of the nerves. One such therapy is called Neurocare. It is a special electrical stimulation that uses alternating current. All other forms of electrical stimulation use direct current. Using alternating current allows us to increase the voltage much higher. This increase in voltage stimulates the healing and repair.
Detoxification of the body after chemotherapy is another very important step in repair of these tissues. The feet have poorer circulation and thus toxins are more easily accumulated in those tissues.