Can improving circulation reduce nerve pain?

Posted by John Coppola on 29 May, 19

Improving Circulation Can Reduce Your Nerve Pain

Millions of Americans suffer from poor circulation, but many of them don’t even know it. University Health News Daily states, “Poor Circulation Is Nothing to Ignore”.

Many medical research articles have shown that poor circulation could be a symptom of a much more serious disease, including peripheral artery disease (PAD), peripheral neuropathy, stroke, heart attack, blood clots, scleroderma and Raynaud’s disease.

If you have poor circulation, your blood flow is compromised. This means blood is not getting where it needs to be. Your blood circulation delivers nutrients and oxygen to your body’s organs, nerves, tissues and cells. Therefore, poor circulation leads to their starvation.

What many people do not realize is that peripheral nerves (nerves going to your legs, feet, hands, arms and internal organs) have their own blood supply composed of small arteries and veins. The nerves are entirely dependent upon this network for the delivery of critical nutrients and oxygen necessary for healthy peripheral nerve function. Without these nutrients, the peripheral nerves can become damaged, waste away and even die.

Most people notice circulation problems first in the extremities, with a pins-and-needles feeling. Since symptoms of poor circulation aren’t always apparent it may be affecting your heart, brain or other vital organs. Whether symptoms are obvious or not, poor circulation can be dangerous.

The Following Are Common Symptoms of Poor Circulation:

  1. Numbness and tingling in the hands or feet

    When something is restricting the flow of blood, preventing it from reaching the extremities in sufficient quantities, this can cause numbness, tingling or pins and needles in the hands, feet, arms or legs.
  1. Cold hands and feet

    When blood cannot flow at healthy rates, this can lead to temperature fluctuations in the skin and nerve endings of the hands and feet. 
  1. Swelling in the feet or legs

    Poor circulation can cause fluid to accumulate in the legs, ankles and feet. This is called edema.

    Edema may also be a sign of heart failure. It can occur when the heart is unable to circulate an adequate supply of blood throughout the body.

    Symptoms of edema include heaviness and swelling, abnormally tight skin, stiff joints and pain in the legs and feet.
  1. Muscle cramping

    When there is insufficient blood flow resulting in poor circulation, oxygen and nutrients cannot reach tissues effectively resulting in muscle cramps of the feet, calves, hands and forearms. 
  1. Skin discoloration

    Skin can become discolored and appear pale or blue when an insufficient amount of arterial blood reaches the body’s tissues.  If the blood is leaking from capillaries, these areas may even appear purple.
  1. Leg Ulcers

    Poor circulation affects the body's ability to heal, which can lead to ulcers in the legs and feet.

    Ulcers can also develop when blood pools in the veins of the legs, which causes swelling beneath the skin.
  1. Varicose Veins

    Poor circulation can lead to varicose veins, enlarged, swollen and twisting veins that often appear blue or dark purple. 
  1. Cognitive Dysfunction

    Poor blood circulation can affect the functioning of the brain, leading to memory loss and difficulty concentrating.

What would you say if there was a way to improve your heart function and circulation while supporting nerve repair? Well there is!

Current research has shown that there are key nutrients that will improve your circulation and allow for more oxygen and nutrients to be supplied to peripheral nerves and the cardiovascular system. Those nutrients are L-Citrulline and Acetyl L Carnitine. Here’s how they work:

  1. L-Citrulline supports Nitric Oxide production providing the following benefits:
  • Promotes healthy nerve function and transmission
  • Improves circulation and blood flow
  • Improves short term memory
  • May reduce nerve pain and symptoms 
  1. Acetyl L Carnitine
  • Boosts circulation
  • Lowers inflammation causing damage to blood vessels and nerves
  • Improves memory, focus and overall cognitive function
  • Improves mitochondrial function and energy levels

In our clinic, 80% of our neuropathy patients have significant circulation problems and only half of them even realize it.

Many conditions may place you at a higher risk of developing circulation issues.  Conditions linked with poor circulation are:

  • Atherosclerosis (plaquing of the arteries)
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hypertension
  • Blood Clots
  • Being overweight
  • Excessive sitting or standing
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Smoking
  • Excessive drinking
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise


Improve Your Poor Circulation

As you read the causes of poor circulation, you’re probably wondering about ways you can improve it.

When it comes to improving circulation, exercise is at the top of the list. This can include rigorous exercise or even gentle movement. Sitting behind a desk for eight hours is bad for your health. Getting up only to eat lunch and to take restroom breaks simply isn’t enough. You need to get up and move. Use your FitBit or your Smart phone to remind you to get up and move.

If you can increase the amount of aerobic exercise you do—dancing, biking, mowing the lawn, swimming—all the better.

Here are a few very beneficial desk sitting breaks that only take 1 minute.  Do these every 1-2 hours.

  • Neck Stretches: slowly bend your head forward/backward/side-side.  Then look left and look right.  Repeat 3 times
  • Shoulder Rolls: Roll your shoulders forward 10 times, then backwards 10 times
  • Wrist circles: Roll your wrists clockwise, 10 times; then repeat counter clockwise
  • Ankle circles: Roll your ankles clockwise, 10 times; then repeat counter clockwise
  • Deep Breaths: Stand up and take 10 deep breaths.  Inhale to the count of 4 and exhale to the count of 8

Because poor circulation is so prevalent leading to nerve damage and worse, cardiovascular damage leading to strokes and heart attacks, we use L-Citrulline and Acetyl L Carnitine in our formulation – NUPHORIA cm® Blue.


NUPHORIA cm® Blue contains both Acetyl L-carnitine (ALCAR)  and L – Citrulline shown in research to be highly effective against combating poor circulation, peripheral artery disease, peripheral neuropathy and cardiovascular protection.

Amazing Benefits of NUPHORIA cm® Blue

  • Boosts Nitric Oxide production
  • Relaxes arteries
  • Improves blood flow
  • Improves circulation
  • Assists in lowering blood pressure
  • Eases symptoms of mild to moderate erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Improves Cognitive function and short-term memory
  • Improves blood flow to the brain
  • Increases muscle energy
  • Decreases muscle fatigue and limb heaviness
  • Reduces Diabetic Nerve Pain

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This blog has been provided by Dr. John Coppola, D.C. and Dr. Valerie Monteiro, D.C. Dr. Coppola and Dr. Monteiro are the founders of the San Antonio Neuropathy Center, and Precision Sport & Spine. They are the leading experts in the field of neuropathy and specifically drug free nerve repair. They are the authors of the critically acclaimed book "Defeat Neuropathy Now .... In Spite of Your Doctor. The doctors have over 25 years of clinical experience.

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