Suffer From Neuropathy?
Peripheral Neuropathy, or the numbness and pain caused by nerve damage in the hands and feet, can be caused by many factors. When the blood supply to the nerve is affected, the nerve fibers that are responsible for pain conduction are damaged and can cause a loss of sensation and create burning and tingling for the patient. This can occur in the hands and arms, but most commonly it is seen in the feet and legs.
Most treatments currently in use for neuropathy are geared towards treating the symptoms and not to cure the problem. These treatments help lessen the symptoms to make the disease more manageable for the patient; however, they usually involve prescription medications that mask the disease rather than treating it. Recent research has shown that Cold Laser Therapy can help treat the underlying causes of neuropathy and help with symptom management.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Cold Laser Therapy helps by actually stimulating microcirculation around the nerve fibers, which increases blood flow to the nerves and helps to heal and reduce neuropathic pain.
Laser light energy penetrates the skin and stimulates increased oxygen on a cellular level. This increase in microcirculation around the nerve has been shown to help regenerate fibers and help heal peripheral nerves. Cold laser therapy is painless and has been proven to decrease neuropathy, decrease inflammation and aide in the healing of wounds and tendons.
Peripheral neuropathy is a frustrating, life impairing condition which is all too often inaccurately diagnosed and only treated with medications. Fortunately, with the recent advances in neurologic treatment technologies, relief is available for many neuropathy sufferers.
Photons of light from lasers penetrate into tissue and accelerate cellular growth and reproduction. Laser therapy increases the energy available to the cell so it can work faster, better, and quickly get rid of waste products. When cells of tendons, ligaments, and muscles are exposed to laser light they repair and heal faster.
Laser light increases collagen production by stimulating fibroblasts. Collagen is the building block of tissue repair and healing. Laser therapy increases fibroblast activity and therefore collagen production to speed healing.
Low level laser therapy decreases scar tissue formation. Scar tissue can be a source of chronic pain and poor healing. By eliminating excessive scar tissue and encouraging proper collage production, painful scars and chronic pain is reduced.
Laser therapy causes vasodilatation, or increases blood flow. It also increases lymphatic drainage to decrease swelling or edema from accumulating. Therefore, laser therapy reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation while speeding the recovery process.
Cold laser therapy decreases pain by blocking pain signals to the brain. Some nerve cells sense pain and send signals to the brain. This protective mechanism can be overly stimulating producing chronic pain and nerve sensitivity. Also by decreasing the inflammation and edema, it further decreases the pain sensation. Laser therapy also increases endorphins and enkephalins, which block pain signals and decrease pain sensation. The laser therapy decreases the painful nerve signals and increases mechanisms to decrease pain.
In the body increased blood flow usually means increased healing. Blood carries nutrients and building blocks to the tissue, and carries waste products away. Laser therapy increases the formation of small blood vessels or capillaries in damaged tissue. Increased blood vessels and blood flow improves the body's ability to heal and repair.
Laser therapy increases enzyme activity to improve metabolic activity that affects cell repair and regeneration. The enzymes are turned on "high" to speed the healing.
Nerves can heal very slowly or have difficulty to completely heal. Lasers speed up this process. Damage to specific nerves produces numbness, impaired function, or increased pain. Laser therapy treatments speed the amplitude of action potentials to restore nerve function and reduce pain.
Certain enzymes (chromophores) can be activated to increase cellular production of ATP. ATP is like gasoline for cells, it is the energy source that cells operate. Injured cells often have low levels of ATP, which decreases their ability to heal and repair. By increasing ATP and "gasoline storage levels," cells have more ATP to work and repair. This process is particularly important with nerve pain.
Low level laser therapy decreases trigger points and stimulates acupuncture points to decrease muscle and joint pain.
Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy
Five Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Burning or freezing sensations
- Prickling or tingling sensations
- Shooting/electric sensations
Common Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Diabetes Type 1 or Type 2
- Statin Drugs
- Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
- Nerve Compression due to Disc Protrusion or Stenosis
- Chemotherapy Treatment
- Vascular Compromise
- Metabolic Syndromes such as Thyroid Imbalances
- Nutritional Deficiencies like low B12, Folic Acid, or Minerals
- Heredity/Genetic Abnormalities
- Auto-immunity due to Food Sensitivities
- Impaired Gut or Liver or Kidney Function
Best Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy
Class IV Laser is the most powerful non-drug tool for speeding nerve regeneration. Class IV Laser has been quickly gaining popularity in the United States since its FDA approval in 2001. Near infrared (820 nm wavelength) light supplies energy to the body without tissue damaging heat. Near infrared light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the mitochondria of our cells. This energizes the mitochondria, allowing increased production of ATP (fuel for our cells). This in turn accelerates healing of damaged nerves and surrounding tissues. Class IV Laser has a similar effect on our cells as sunlight does on plants, and is a key component of our safe pain-free treatment procedures
Peripheral Neuropathy Pain Relief can be achieved through state-of-the-art low-level laser treatments provided exclusively at Baratta Holistic Center. Our drug-free, non-invasive, completely painless, neuropathy pain relief treatments that have been clinically proven to significantly reduce or eliminate severe neuropathy pain and inflammation.
This treatment may allow you to stop taking prescription neuropathy pain medications that often result in numerous ill side effects. Some patients report neuropathy pain eliminated or reduced after just one treatment.
Contact us today at Baratta Holistic Center at 916-979-0716 to find out more about our drug-free, non-invasive, completely painless, neuropathy pain relief treatments that have been clinically proven to significantly reduce or eliminate severe neuropathy pain and inflammation.
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