E-News FLASHJuly 2011

TIPS.....from facebook


We are very encouraged to see our facebook community growing! There is so much information that is shared - and it's always nice to know you are not alone!


One of our facebook fans embraces the power of exercise:


Bill: I agree. I swam indoors all winter and ran outside (5K) every third day. It helps the nerves in the feet even if you just walk in the pool on you tip toes. I'm still running in the summer and the feet like it more than not. I will keep moving forward.


Here are some other tips from our fans:


Cynthia: Nice cool water. When they burn really bad, running cool water on them calms the burn quite a bit.


Steve: I have PN from the drugs taken to combat cancer (CIPN). Summer is always better than winter. Holidaying in a tropical climate causes the symptoms to practically disappear. Strength in hands/wrists increases and I am able to walk distances.


And, from one who truly embraces life:


Bonnie: The busier I can be, the less I feel the pain. It's a magician's trick, but it works!

FPN Book Club 
 FPN Book Club 


With so many resources available to help each of us live better in the light of ever changing circumstances, we thought it would be helpful to start a book club. Each month in our FPN        E-News we will highlight a book that we think might be useful to you. Topics might include living with chronic pain, practical ideas for dealing with neuropathy, adjusting to life as you didn't expect it to be.....there are endless opportunities.


Watch for our first  book recommendation next month. We hope that you will send us your recommendations, too! We'd love to hear from you:




Note: All books will be read and approved by FPN before publishing a recommendation.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. You are strongly encouraged to consult a neurologist with any questions or comments you may have regarding your condition. The best care can only be given by a qualified provider who knows you personally.

Embracing Exercise   Swimming         


Do you want to do something for yourself that may help you feel better? Try exercise! Did you know that exercise is actually good for neuropathy sufferers? Depending on your level of disability or nerve damage, there are exercises you can do that may help you feel better.



Cardiovascular Health

Aerobic exercise improves cardiovascular health by increasing the heart and breathing rates. Begin with 5 - 10 minutes of aerobic exercise each day and work up to 30 minutes per day, 3 - 5 times per week. Aerobic exercise includes jogging and walking but, if the nerve damage affects your feet, choose swimming, bicycling, rowing and other non-weight bearing exercises.


Neuromuscular Function

Exercise 2 -3 days per week, using weights or elasticized bands to strengthen muscles. Allow one day between strength workouts to allow for rest and muscle recovery. A study published in 'Clinical Kinesiology' indicates that resistance training is associated with increased nerve cell activity in the muscles. Researchers conclude that any type of resistance training is associated with nerve cells adapting, which in turn improves muscle movement and the ability to perform daily activities.


Exercises for PN in the Feet

The Footwork Series from Pilates warms up the feet, ankles and lower legs. Here are a few simple stretches and exercises for the feet to manage the effects of neuropathy.


Keep your spine still and your breathing focused as you do these exercises. Each of these exercises should be done for 10 repetitions in each direction. Practice daily for positive results!


Imagine your feet are windshield wipers, moving from side to side.


       Move the feet only at the ankle joint.

               Flex your feet as if standing on them.


Toes reach away as far as possible to stretch the top of the foot.


Inhale as you move both flexed feet in a circular motion to the right.

As you bring your feet around, point the toes away from you.

Use your breathing to facilitate movement.

Finish the movement with the toes pointing to the ceiling, back in starting position.


  Flex and Point the feet.


               As you sit, stretch the top of your head toward the ceiling.

               Pull in your abdominals to support your spine.

               Keep shoulders down and back.


These are some things you can do to make each day better. Hopefully you can work some of these into your life and begin reclaiming your zest for life!


Source: LiveStrong.com; Wellness House


Disclaimer: Please check with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

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