In this 5-minute video, Nancy Campbell, MS, explains the benefits of exercise in improving neuropathy symptoms, and the types of exercises that are most effective.
Stretches and Exercises for Neuropathy
In this 21-minute video, Juliana Berfield, PhD, E-RYT 500, CPT, demonstrates various stretches, exercises, and self-guided massages that may help reduce symptoms of neuropathy in the upper and lower body.
Self-Acupressure & Benefits of Acupuncture for Neuropathy
In this 4-minute video, Weidong Lu, MB, MPH, PhD, explains the benefits of acupuncture in improving neuropathy symptoms and demonstrates acupressure and reflexology techniques for improving neuropathy symptoms in the feet.
Golden Light Guided Imagery Meditation
In this 22-minute meditation, Patricia Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, employs guided imagery to help create relaxation for body and mind, while using the energy of golden light to promote warmth and healing throughout.
Qigong, Tai Chi, & Meditation for Neuropathy: Tapping Techniques
In this 6-minute video, Ramel Rones, Tai Chi Master, demonstrates Qigong and Tai Chi tapping techniques that may help ease discomforts related to neuropathy, such as pain, numbness, tingling, burning, or the “pins and needles” sensation. Tapping stimulates nerve endings and can be done with your hands or various household items to increase energy and blood circulation throughout the body.
Sunrise Tai Chi for Neuropathy
In this 90-second video, Ramel Rones, Tai Chi Master, demonstrates a short Tai Chi form performed at Masada in Israel. Use the rising sun and the power of the mind to cleanse and nourish every cell in the body to help with neuropathy symptoms, improve mood, and upgrade your energetic system.
Welcome to Your Neuropathy Toolkit!
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common side effect of cancer treatment. CIPN symptoms vary from patient to patient, but in general, side effects include: feeling of numbness or "pins and needles" in your hands and feet; difficulty picking up an object or buttoning clothing; ringing in your ears or loss of hearing; changes in vision; sudden, stabbing pains in your hands or feet; constipation/difficulty urinating; muscle weakness or cramps; loss of balance or having difficulty walking; and feeling heat and cold, more or less than usual.
To help you manage symptoms, the Zakim Center has developed a "toolkit" of short educational and self-guided videos. Here you'll find self-massage, self-acupressure, guided imagery meditation, exercises, and more. The techniques employed in these videos may help alleviate symptoms, but there is currently no clear treatment for neuropathy that will improve nerve damage. It is important to speak with your oncology team to report any concerns and create a treatment plan that works for you.
In this 10-minute video, Bambi P. Mathay, LMT, BCTMB, RMT, demonstrates a self-guided massage that may help reduce symptoms of neuropathy in the arms and hands.
Lower Body Self-Massage for Neuropathy
In this 13-minute video, Juliana Berfield, PhD, E-RYT 500, CPT, demonstrates a self-guided massage that may help reduce symptoms of neuropathy in the legs and feet.