Neurological conditions can cause a variety of different symptoms varying from numbness, poor sensation, decrease coordination, seizures, pain, and confusion (to mane a few). The reasons for these symptoms vary based on the location of the nervous systems problem and problems with metabolic or biochemical systems. For instance, a disruption can occur in the spinal cord, the brain, or any number of the nerves. This can be a structural issue like a disc rupture or a metabolic issue effecting the metabolism in the brain. In all cases of neurological conditions, it takes a careful analysis and diligent treatment to get resolutions of the issues or adequate care. Our naturopathic doctors and Phoenix acupuncture doctors have experience treating and caring for neurological conditions.
Some of the more common neurological conditions include:
Neuralgia is a painful nerve condition that is caused by damage or dysfunction in one or more nerves without activation of any of the pain receptors. There are many differently kinds of neuralgia but all are caused by a malfunctioning nerve rather than a painful stimulus. Neuralgia is also known as neuropathic pain and is differentiated from nociceptive pain (normal pain) by the lack of pain receptor activation. Some examples would be peripheral neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, post herpetic neuralgia, and complex regional pain syndrome. Phoenix acupuncture and naturopathic doctors offer a variety of treatments that can control this pain and potentially resolve it by working on reseting the faulty pain signals.
There are several different types of headaches like tension headaches, headaches from dehydration, caffeine withdrawal headaches, menstrual migraines, etc. Things like removing stress, slowly tapering off caffeine, removing hormonal imbalances, etc will do the trick for these. Other headaches are more nagging and indiscriminate. For the headaches with no particular pattern acupuncture for headaches may be a great choice.
A more severe form of a headache, migraines are characterized as having changes in sensory perception such as sight, sound, smell, taste, etc. These are known as auras. The causes of migraines can vary from person to person but there are a few known mechanisms that seem to provide benefit. Foods can trigger migraines such as triptans that come in cheeses and wines. Nitrates that come as preservatives in packaged meat products such as beef jerky is another common food cause. Outside this there are nutrient deficiencies, metabolic issues, and nerve instability that can cause migraines. Treatment consists of removing any know causes, replacing deficient nutrients, and
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