Updated: Aug 26
Exercise may help relieve symptoms of neuropathy and improve overall health, but it does not cure the underlying condition that causes neuropathy. Regular, meaning most days exercise does however have several crucial benefits for people with neuropathy. Here are the most important:
Improving blood circulation:
Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, improving blood flow to nerves and promoting healing wherever possible.
Physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. This helps reduce neuropathic pain to some extent. Improving nerve function:
Exercise stimulates nerve growth and repair by promoting the production of neurotrophic factors which are key substances our bodies can naturally produce that support nerve health.
Increased strength and balance:
Strengthening exercises improve muscle tone and stability, thereby reducing the risk of falls and injuries associated with neuropathy.
Regular exercise combined with a balanced, calorie and carb controlled diet can help you maintain a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for people with neuropathy because being overweight puts extra stress on the nerves and can make symptoms worse.
It is so important to consult your physician before beginning any exercise program, especially if you have neuropathy. They will then advise you on the type and intensity of exercise that is appropriate for your condition and other medical issues you may have. Need personalized help?
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