What is a peripheral nerve?
Peripheral nerves (PN) transmit messages from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body ( arms, hands, legs, feet, internal organs, joints, mouth, eyes, ears, nose, and skin). Every healthy nerve is covered by a protective casing, which maintains the correct speed for the transmitted signal, as it travels down the nerve, and prevents interference in the nerve signals. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when damage occurs to the nerve fibers, the protective barrier around the nerve fibers, or both.
In order to visualize how the peripheral nerves function, imagine a landline telephone system. The wire cables are encased in rubber or plastic tubing. The telephone wires allow the transmission of messages from your phone to anywhere in the world. The plastic tubing protects these wires from damage and also prevents external interference, much like the nerves in your body.
When peripheral nerves are damaged or injured, the messages from the brain or spinal cord become jumbled, staticky or in severe cases – not sent at all. Like static on a telephone line, peripheral neuropathy distorts and sometimes interrupts messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Injury to your peripheral nerves can cause the nerves to fire too fast or too slow. This can result in typical symptoms associated with neuropathy such as pain, burning, numbness, tingling, muscle spasm/cramping, muscle tightness, weakness, loss of sensation or a loss of balance and coordination.
Unfortunately, it’s not enough to simply repair a damaged or injured nerve. Scientists have discovered that over time, certain nerve pathways become ‘burned in’, so that when the brain encounters a certain stimulus, it will react by firing the same way it did the last time it encountered that stimulus. For instance, once you learn to ride a bike, every time you climb on it, the nerves fire the same way so that you can pedal, balance and steer.
This is, also, very similar to how a computer operates. For example, the reason all computers come equipped with screen savers is because without it, whatever image was left on the computer overnight would begin to burn itself into the screen. this would result in you seeing the image on the computer even when it was turned off.
Why does the brain do this? It creates efficiency, so that when the mind encounters a car, it remembers how to operate it or when it hears a song, it knows how to sing it. Can you imagine if every time you got behind the wheel of your vehicle, you had to relearn how to drive it, over and over again?
It’s common for peripheral nerves, once healed, to continue sending jumbled up messages, merely out of habit. As a result, the peripheral neuropathy sufferer may no longer have pain but may still lack balance and coordination, making them susceptible to falls. So, the final stage to healing the peripheral nerve is restoring proper communication pathways between the brain and the nerves of the feet or hands. This is imperative in order to return a person back to normal function.
If your computer gets ‘locked up’ or ‘frozen’ you must shut it down and then restart it or …Reboot. This clears the old pathway that was ‘stuck’ or dysfunctional and allows it to restore the appropriate pathways of communication. With our nervous system Reboot, we rehabilitate the patient’s Nervous System and restore the proper pathways by using a set of techniques called Quantum Sensory Techniques (QST). This ensures the formation of new healthy nerve pathways that function appropriately for the action.