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Peripheral Neuropathy, Massage, and Arnica - Posted on July 30, 2012

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Can your products help someone with Chemotherapy-

induced Peripheral Neuropathy?

Yes!! Arnica is helpful for all types of peripheral neuropathy because it works with the body’s own healing mechanisms to stimulate circulation to the area. I have had very good success with topical applications for chemotherapy induced Peripheral Neuropathy because the arnica combined with the action of actively massaging the area while applying the oil, cream or lotion really boosts blood flow and oxygenation to the tissue and in turn removing waste product such as lactic acid and de-oxygenated blood that can pool in the legs and feet (the end of the line so to speak).

Here’s what I would recommend for someone with chemotherapy induced Peripheral Neuropathy – I would start with my Peppermint Pedango cream.This has a moderate amount of arnica extract in it and also Peppermint to soothe the tissue.

If they get good results with this but want something stronger I would then try the Arnica Relief Lotion, again massaging it in at least twice a day, preferably in the morning after bathing and at night before bed so the arnica stays on the tissue.

One caution, people undergoing chemotherapy can be particularly sensitive to scented products. If the Peppermint Pedango and Arnica Relief Lotion are not to their liking then I would recommend taking our 1/2 ounce Arnica Therapeutic Concentrate and diluting it into unscented lotion or oil, then applying. The ratio I would start with is 10 drops of ATC to 1 ounce (30 ml) of lotion or oil, mix well. This will have virtually no scent. Do not exceed more than 20 drops per one ounce of carrier because people undergoing chemotherapy have very sensitive skin and the goal is to gently stimulate the body, not overwhelm the client’s system.

We strongly urge anyone interested in oncology massage to take advanced education in the area. Our favorite teacher? Tracy Walton. You can check out her classes here.

Do you have tips for working with patients in chemo? Share in the comments below!

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