Brachioradial Pruritus Natural Treatment Brisbane

Posted in Health Conditions on Nov 9, 2021

If you have been recently diagnosed with brachioradial pruritus and looking for natural treatment options in Brisbane, one of the most important things that you can do is to take care of your neck (cervical spine). Brachioradial pruritus encompasses a wide array of symptoms from itching, burning, tingling, numbness and may or may not produce a rash or other skin-related conditions. It can mimic a wide array of other disorders as well including eczema, shingles, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other nerve-related conditions.

But as you have seen, the common underlying theme is that it is not a skin disorder, but a nerve disorder. Therefore, when it comes to treatment options not simply to address the discomfort of brachioradial pruritus, but to resolve the underlying cause, it is often necessary to look where those nerves originate from in your body: your neck.  And if you are like most of the people we see in Brisbane, you would prefer a natural treatment option to help with brachioradial pruritus that doesn’t involve drugs or surgery. 

Here is where a unique approach to healthcare known as the Blair upper cervical method may be able to help you.

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Natural Treatment for people with Brachioradial Pruritus in Brisbane

When it comes to nerve conditions that include brachioradial pruritus, we can divide them into three general categories:

  1. Peripheral Neuropathies
  2. Radiculopathies 
  3. Myelopathies

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Peripheral neuropathies occur when there is irritation to a specific nerve in the arms or legs (e.g., the brachial nerve that supplies the arm, the median nerve that supplies the hand, etc.) Radiculopathies occur when there is irritation to a nerve root where it exits the openings through the vertebrae in the spine (e.g. C5 radiculopathy that supplies the outside of the shoulder, C7 radiculopathy that supplies the middle finger, etc.) Myelopathies occur where there is irritation to the spinal cord itself. The difference here is that problems involving the cord do not affect just a single nerve or nerve root, but affect multiple levels and zones simultaneously.

What does this mean in terms of brachioradial pruritus?

So many people who experience brachioradial pruritus experience symptoms that do not affect just a single nerve or nerve root level. What this suggests is that the sensations associated with brachioradial pruritus involve some type of mechanical irritation to the spinal cord itself. This does not mean that your spinal cord is getting compressed or crushed mind you. Nevertheless, if you have had a recent x-ray,. CT or MRI scan that has shown that you have a certain amount of degenerative arthritis, disc damage or spondylosis, would suggest that there is very likely a link.

Sometimes, people are told that any amount of arthritis is so slight that it isn’t likely the cause. Or that so many people with neck arthritis don’t experience brachioradial pruritus, and so that they two aren’t likely linked.

We disagree.

When it comes to natural treatment options to help people in Brisbane with brachioradial pruritus, we have learned through experience that there is no “one size fits all “ cause or solution. Every human being is unique. Even though we are all similar in terms of our overall structure and neurological wiring, we must never dismiss our individual idiosyncrasies that can cause one person to experience brachioradial pruritus while another person with the same underlying condition may not experience any symptoms at all. In other words, when helping people win brachioradial pruritus, we have learned that it is best to take things on a case-by-case basis.

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Atlas Treatment Brisbane: A Natural Approach with Brachioradial Pruritus

Many natural treatment options in Brisbane for brachioradial pruritus involve treating the cervical spine (neck). These may include physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and so forth. And while many people experience great relief from the symptoms of brachioradial pruritus with these natural treatments, many other people in Brisbane do not.

One of the most important missing pieces of the puzzle may involve the alignment of the top two vertebrae in your neck, called the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2). The atlas and axis are what provide approximately 50% of your total head-neck mobility, and they are constructed completely different from all the other vertebrae in your spine. In addition, these vertebrae physically tether onto your spinal cord, which is what is necessary to prevent your brainstem from getting squished whenever you move your head. However, what this arrangement means is that if you have ever suffered an injury where the vertebrae in the upper part of your neck aren’t quite moving properly, these vertebrae can produce a physical stretching on the spinal cord itself.

… And do you remember what we said about myelopathies earlier? Spinal cord issues! What this means is that even though the symptoms of brachioradial pruritus are commonly associated with the C4, C5, and C6 nerves, if you actually have a problem coming from slightly higher up, it can still produce all the exact same symptoms. And if you focus all your natural treatment strategies on the C4, C5, or C6 in the lower part of your neck, you may not get the full resolution from brachioradial pruritus that you are looking for. In other words, a mechanical alignment problem at the base of your skull may actually be the missing piece of the puzzle.

How might you know if this is the case? Well, if you experience any other head, neck, or jaw-related symptoms including headaches, migraines, dizziness or vertigo, jaw clicking or grinding, or neck pain, then you may well have an unresolved problem with your atlas or axis that could be related to brachioradial pruritus.

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If this all makes sense to you so far about the atlas and axis, and you are dedicated to finding a natural solution in Brisbane that can help you with brachioradial pruritus, then we hope that we may be able to help you take the next step. At Atlas Health, we are Brisbane’s premier natural treatment centre utilising the Blair upper cervical method. The Blair technique is a unique approach to chiropractic that does not involve any twisting or manipulation. Developed and researched in the USA, it is a special division that focuses on the unique dynamics of the atlas and axis on the nerve system, which controls and coordinates the functions of the entire body.

The Blair method utilises a series of precise physical and neurological testing methods, as well as customised 3D imaging in order to diagnose the exact location, direction, and degree of any misalignment involving your atlas or axis that could be related to your condition of brachioradial pruritus. With this information, a Blair practitioner is then able to perform a gentle and precise correction for the alignment of these vertebrae for the purpose of restoring normal movement, reducing the mechanical irritation from the spinal nerves, and thereby enabling the body to function that way that it is designed. 

In this way, the Blair technique is not a treatment for the symptoms of brachioradial pruritus but is a natural approach that can address the underlying cause. If you would like more information on the Blair method or how we may be able to help you, please contact our North Lakes office at 07 3188 9339, or click the Contact Us link on this page, and one of our staff will retune your email as soon as possible.

Atlas Health Australia - “A natural treatment approach for helping people in Brisbane with brachioradial pruritus.”

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