As explained at the start, polyneuropathy can only be fully overcome if the underlying disease triggering it is cured. However, as this is often only possible to a limited extent, patients of polyneuropathy are grateful for even relief of the symptoms of polyneuropathy.
Polyneuropathy or: When the Nerves Start Causing Trouble
A disease is a dysfunction of an organ, the mind, or the entire organism. Sadly, a great many people are affected by such a disease. Thankfully, medicine has advanced so far today that many diseases, as bad as they are, do not need to end fatally. However, this offers little comfort to those people who can live with their disease, but for whom the symptoms of this disease go hand-in-hand with more or less chronic pain. Polyneuropathy is one of these diseases – a disorder of the nervous system which around three percent of Germans suffer from. Older people in particular are affected by polyneuropathy. It is estimated that around eight percent of people over the age of 65 suffer from polyneuropathy. And almost forty percent of all diabetics are affected by this disease, among them younger people. In this group, polyneuropathy is either inherited or is often caused by alcohol abuse or consumption of drugs, for example. On the whole, however, men and women suffer in equal measures from polyneuropathy.
What symptoms are associated with polyneuropathy? The disease often begins with unpleasant sensory disorders in the toes, with the hands suffering later. The areas of the body affected may begin to suddenly tingle, which is unpleasant and annoying. The affected parts of the body are often numb or have a painful burning sensation. In addition to a stronger sense of pain, polyneuropathy also creates a dysfunctional perception of touch or temperature. Ultimately, polyneuropathy impairs the quality of life of sufferers massively. If autonomic nerves are affected by the polyneuropathy, symptoms such as dysfunction of the blood pressure control and cardiac arrhythmia may arise. Although polyneuropathy can only be fully overcome if the underlying disease triggering it is cured (which is often very difficult), there are ways and methods of improving the prognosis of or even entirely eliminating the symptoms of polyneuropathy. We will address this later, but let's first examine the disease in its own right.
The Symptoms of Polyneuropathy
Polyneuropathy is a disease of the peripheral nervous system that causes muscle weakness and sensory dysfunction. To help understand it, let's first consider the human nervous system (in an incomplete and simplified form): The nervous system is part of the human organism that is responsible for sensory perception, sensory processing and reaction control. Together with the brain and spinal cord, they form the central nervous system (CNS). The entire rest of the nervous tissue is referred to as the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The central nervous system allows us to perceive things via the sensory organs. It is also the basis for all higher functions, among them consciousness, sense, thought and learning. The spinal cord in turn is a thick corn running down the spinal column, serving as the center for [http://www.wissen.de/lexikon/reflex-physiologie](reflexes that are performed without the involvement of the brain). It contains many nerve cells and nerve fibers that link the brain and the periphery. The purpose of the nerve cell – the smallest building block of the nervous system – is to record, forward and transmit sensory information. The peripheral nervous system (PNS) encompasses all nerves that run through the body like a network. The nerves convey information between the spinal cord or brain and the rest of the body. Like fine branches from a tree, the nervous fibers of the peripheral nervous system branch out from the spinal cord and connect to the "executive" organs like the musculature, the skin, or the internal organs. There is then an exchange of information using the control signals transmitted from the brain and the information forwarded via the brain. The nervous system is itself categorized by function into the somatic (voluntary) nervous system and the vegetative (autonomic or involuntary) nervous system. While the voluntary nervous system controls all processes subjugated to the consciousness and will (e.g. muscle movements), the vegetative nervous system is largely out of our directly voluntary control. It controls vital functions such as our heartbeat, breathing, blood pressure, digestion and metabolism. So what is polyneuropathy? The ability that a healthy person has to feel requires numerous sensors in the skin that specialize in different areas, among them touch, hot and cold perception, pain, and the forwarding of relevant information through the nervous system. In this connection, individual forms of polyneuropathy are disorders of the peripheral nervous system. Polyneuropathy is frequently a reaction of the peripheral nervous system to a disease or damage of the organism as a whole.
These diseases can be triggered by a wide range of factors. Among these are:
- Vascular diseases,
- Disorders of the immune system,
- Diabetes mellitus,
- Rheumatic diseases,
- Kidney diseases,
- Consequences of poisoning,
- Many years of exposure to chemicals at the workplace,
- Side effects of medication,
- Poor diet,
- consumption of drugs and alcoholism.
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy
Many diseases and malaises are caused by restricted microcirculation. The microcirculation is responsible for supplying the tissue and organs with oxygen and nutrients, disposing of metabolic waste products, and strengthening the immune system by ensuring the flow of blood through the microvessels. However, the performance of our microcirculation declines with age. While this decline is a natural process, it can be compounded by certain diseases or factors, among them an unhealthy or unbalanced diet, heavy smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and use of drugs. Frequent consequences include a weakening of the immune system, higher susceptibility to infection, faster cell aging, reduced performance, malaise, impaired recovery from disease, and chronic disorders. However, the use of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can also reactivate the impaired microcirculation. This means ensuring that the tissue cells are well supplied and are capable of disposing of waste substances by way of improving the circulation of blood. Good blood circulation improves the supply of nutrients to the affected tissue and reduces inflammation, enabling it to support the healing process massively. At the core of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a multidimensional signal structure that provides effective stimulation for restricted or dysfunctional microcirculation. It supports the body's key control mechanisms for prevention, healing, recovery and regeneration processes. A range of scientific studies has proven that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can contribute to providing relief for a variety diseases symptoms such as concomitant symptoms in:
- arterial and venous circulatory disorders,
BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can be used as an effective complementary treatment option for symptoms associated with
- back pain,
- sleep disorders,
- stress management,
in order to support established treatment regimes.