With the addition of light therapy, we are now able to expand our reach and help more peripheral neuropathy patients than ever before.
LED, or light emitting diodes, as we discussed last time, have been around for quite some time. In fact, some of their original applications date back to the space program of the 1990s.
According to SBIR/NASA, LED has been utilized as part of cancer treatment, especially for a complication called oral mucositis. LEDs have also been used for improved wound healing, as well as “speeding decondition personnel to full duty performance”. LED usage has also been approved by the Naval special warfare command. 1
But how exactly does this work? With laser, the scientific explanations are highly technical. What has been known for centuries is that light speeds healing. Once upon a time, ill patients from infectious disease units and TB wards were rolled out into sunlight daily. Wounds that failed to heal were also exposed to sunlight.
From a simple perspective though, we know that light energy is simply clusters of photons or particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths.
We also know that this light can then have specific effects. The most important effect that may have a bearing on peripheral neuropathy and related conditions is the ability to stimulate metabolism, or cellular efficiency.
You see, all the work we have done in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy since 2008 has been focused upon metabolic stimulation. This includes certain compounds found in nature such as amino acids, carnitine, and lipoic acid.
You probably also know we’ve extensively used electrotherapy.
With the addition of light therapy, we are now able to expand our reach and help more patients than ever before.
Although the research is early, it is extraordinarily encouraging.
Talk to your clinician about possibly adding LED therapy to your neuropathy treatment.
Consider this especially if you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or other poor wound-healing complications.
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