Does exercise help or worsen peripheral
neuropathy??? Woman tested!
Updated: Monday, March 08, 2004 12:13:46 PM
- Time-outs to elevate the feet and short walks help with the pain.
- Standing in a confined space, such as the kitchen, tends to bother one woman more than
- Walking every day just a little farther and then a daily massage of the feet and legs
eventually caused the pain to subside.
- Keep at the exercise, as it gradually gets better and easier with practice.
- Occasionally exercise barefoot to stretch the soles and spread the toes. Massage the
- Water exercise classes in the deep end (with flotation devices to aid in balance) take
the weight off the feet and hands.
- Walking and doing leg stretches everyday.
- Rest after each treatment seems to lessen the later development of neuropathy.
- Sitting in a recliner makes it worse.
- It seems worse at the end of the day, or when tired, so try to get adequate rest during
- The mental focus required by doing XiGong was useful to warm the hands and reduced
- Using the treadmill or stationary bike at the slowest speed and working very slowly up
to faster speeds provided relief. Be cautious about treadmills and other mechanical
exercise devices if you have decreased sensation in your feet or legs, or if you have any
- Squeezing a soft jelly-like ball to exercise the hands may provide relief.