Neuropathy sufferers know that the pain, muscle weakness, lack of balance, and overall health complications can make everyday activities harder to manage. Not to mention, a person with peripheral neuropathy is often at an increased risk of experiencing falls due to poor balance and muscle weakness. This is why exercise is a vital component to your neuropathy recovery. Exercise can build muscle strength, while increasing circulation and improving balance and coordination.
Benefits of Exercise
- Improves Strength
- Improves Balance and Coordination
- Improves Circulation and blood flow to limbs
- Increases Oxygenation to the nerves
- Helps control blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity
- Increases Endorphins (happy hormones) which decreases pain
Five signs of excessive exercise
- Feeling weaker, rather than stronger, after thirty minutes of exercise;
- Excessive muscle soreness twenty-four to forty-eight hours after exercise;
- Severe muscle cramping;
- Heaviness in the extremities;
- Prolonged shortness of breath.
For many people, the prospect of exercising while suffering from neuropathy seems unrealistic. For this reason we’ve created different categories of exercise. The category that you choose will be based on your stability and severity of neuropathy.
Follow these exercises if you have very poor balance, and use a walker, or a cane.
Follow these exercises if your balance is adequate.
Follow these exercises if you are athletic with very good balance.