LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy) including LLLT and laser in human healthcare dates back to the space program of the 1990s. But is LLLT effective pain and neuropathy treatment? The answer is a resounding yes, IF great equipment and trained physicians are utilized.
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 deconditioned personnel to full duty performance”. LED (Light Emitting Diode) usage has also been approved by the Naval special warfare command. 1
But how exactly does this work? Well, the scientific explanations are highly technical. But 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 energy particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths.
We also know that various wavelengths of 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 improving cell energy. This also of course includes diet, exercise and certain other compounds found in nature such as amino acids, carnitine, and lipoic acid.
You probably also know we’ve extensively used electrotherapy via the NDGen® Neurostimulator.
With the combination of laser, both in clinic and at home with the Wearable Laser you see below, we are now able to expand our reach and help more patients than ever before with LLLT effective pain and neuropathy treatment.
Although the research is early, it is extraordinarily encouraging. Talk to our team about possibly adding light therapy to your treatment. Consider this especially if you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or other poor wound-healing complications.
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Sleep disturbance is a very common human condition. In fact, sometimes it’s unavoidable. For most of us, fortunately, sleep disturbances are mild and brief. This is When Counting Sheep Won’t Stop Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms…
Space your meals and pay attention to things like too much sugar or too much caffeine.
However, when sleep disturbances or insomnia last for long periods of time, they can cause serious health problems.
Last time, we spoke extensively about RLS, or Restless Leg Syndrome. As you probably now know, RLS is often associated with peripheral neuropathy.
So let’s talk a bit more about sleep. Sleep is the time when both your brain and your body rest.
It’s part of normal 24-hour, or, Circadian, rhythms. During the normal sleep rhythms of the body, certain functions such as changes in our body temperature (which help induce sleep), and hormone levels that control things such as appetite take place.
But when things like peripheral neuropathy, restless leg syndrome, or even simple stress intervene, the net result is disturbance in all of the above. So, side effects from sleep disturbance can include weight gain, muscle aches and pains, overall lack of energy, and sometimes serious depression.
But what is the neuropathy sufferer to do? Well, fortunately, there are several things that can be done. First of all, work with your doctors to take appropriate dosages of medications, when absolutely necessary.
We also strongly suggest that you keep yourself is active during the day, if your condition allows. Wherever possible, this should include some exercise in bright sunlight.
Stay well hydrated. Dehydration or too much water consumption late in the day also disturbs sleep.
Space your meals and pay attention to things like too much sugar or too much caffeine.
Magnesium supplementation taken throughout the day may also be very helpful. We commonly suggest 200 to 400 mg of NDGen Magnesium per day into divided dosages. Never do this without your doctor’s knowledge, and never in the presence of kidney disease.
Finally, if you have not already taking advantage of one of our NDGen Home Care Kits which includes a unique neurostimulator, you should know that one of the chief reasons for owning these is that they can greatly help reduce painful symptoms when used 1-2 hours before bed—and thus help you sleep more easily.
They’re so easy to use, they will even shut themselves off with a built-in timer, which means you can go to bed with them on. Gentle electric stimulation often helps you feel better in a number of different ways. Don’t let sleep disturbance—whether due to peripheral neuropathy, RLS or some other condition—continue.
Pay attention to diet, and stress reduction. All of these things, plus the use of your NDGen home care kit will greatly facilitate a good night’s rest!
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Unfortunately, you’re not alone.
And of this 100 million, approximately one fourth are patients, perhaps like yourself, who suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy.
A significant number of these are secondary to conditions like diabetes, which can be lifestyle-related.
Regardless of what caused your pain or neuropathy, the bottom line is that good treatment has several things in common:
One of the most important things to understand is that early active intervention in illness, pain or neuropathy-producing conditions is critical.
Unfortunately, patients—and, yes, even their doctors—tend to blow off mild early symptoms rather than aggressively treating what may be happening underneath to cause a patient’s symptoms like tingling, numbness, burning, loss of sleep, and so on.
This results in serious consequences. The longer a disease progresses, or the longer the after effects of an injury linger, the more difficult and expensive it comes to treat.
Pain specialists have known for years that the single best way to prevent chronic pain is to address acute illnesses or injuries effectively.
We also know that when this is not possible, proactive treatment programs emphasizing physical rehabilitation, diligent home care, and recovery are far more effective than drug-only therapy.
Like it or not, you can’t depend upon anybody doing this for you!
Those patients who do the best are those who seek out the best available neuropathy care and implement it into their daily lifestyle.
Remember, we are here to help you.
But it’s up to you to reach out and grab everything you can.
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Better methods of neuropathy treatment are available…just be sure you are using them!
By now you realize that there are a huge number of pills, potions, and gadgets etc. that are marketed to people who suffer from neuropathy and many other forms of chronic pain.
Many years ago when I became involved in the treatment of neuropathy and realized that this was inevitable due to the sheer number of people who suffer from peripheral neuropathy worldwide. And the huge numbers of patients is growing rapidly. Peripheral neuropathy now occurs in younger and younger ages.
Make no mistake about it this directly parallels our modern lifestyle and expanding waistlines. This of course is due to a high sugar, carbohydrate diets and less physical activity.
In fact, the overall quality of diet and physical exercise for the vast majority of the population has deteriorated dramatically in the last 40 years.
All that said, doesn’t it make sense that these should be the primary targets of effective treatment?
Of course it does and even more so if you have the type of neuropathy that is directly related to obesity and poor fitness.
So why then did these critical two components get ignored until it’s often too late?
This one is a combination of public health and healthcare professional education to be sure. The relentless push on you that all you need to do is to take this pill so that you feel better is an extreme disservice to both patients and their physicians alike.
But all neuropathy is not caused by lifestyle. Some are due to accidents, usage of certain medications, a side effect of surgery, genetics, or just bad luck.
All this means is that better methods of controlling the pain and discomfort that peripheral neuropathy can bring are essential.
The worst neuropathy treatments are those that have no basis in science what so ever and there are plenty of them available. You only have to scan the aisles of your local pharmacies.
Employing other methods, which are researched and supported by science are our first choice both at home and in the clinic.
Shouldn’t they be yours as well?
So, why not take a very hard look at what YOU are doing to self diagnose or treat your neuropathy or other chronic pain.
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We’ll help you sort out the real science from snake oil.
If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing any of these
– Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
– Difficulty swallowing
– Deep pain, especially in your legs and feet
– Loss of sensation and ability to feel warmth or cold
– Muscle cramps
– Numbness, tingling or burning in your arms, hands, legs or feet
– Dizziness, especially when you try to stand up
– Drooping facial muscles
– Loss of bladder control
You could have diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy specific to patients who have diabetes. Typically, it’s caused by lack of blood flow to the nerves and elevated and uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
If left untreated, diabetic neuropathy can lead to debilitating nerve damage. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek treatment with a medical professional with experience in diagnosing and treating diabetic neuropathy like your local NeuropathyDR® clinician.
If your NeuropathyDR® specialist determines that you have diabetic neuropathy, it’s vital that you start treatment right away.
How Will My NeuropathyDR® Specialist Treat My Diabetic Neuropathy?
The first goal for treatment in diabetic neuropathy is to get your diabetes under control and keep it under control to slow the progression of any nerve damage. That means ensuring that you’re taking any prescribed medications and that you’re strict with a diet specific to diabetes control.
A diet specific to diabetes control will include:
– Fresh vegetables
– Limited fruit
– Nuts & Legumes
– No sweets
Your NeuropathyDR® specialist has an exclusive treatment protocol with proven results for diabetic neuropathy patients. An integral part of that treatment protocol is nutrition counseling and diet planning. Your specialist will sit down with you and plan your meals to include the proper portions of each of these categories on a daily basis to make sure that your blood sugar remains as constant as possible.
Pain Reduction and Nerve Repair
Once you have your blood sugar control, the next part of the treatment protocol for your diabetic neuropathy is taking steps to reduce your symptoms and help the nerves repair themselves. This can be done through a combination of topical pain medications, manual therapy of the bones and joints and other care like NDGen(R) and often times laser.
Diet, proper alignment of the bones and muscles and appropriate stimulation therapies are all important aspects of successful treatment of diabetic neuropathy.
A Word To The Wise Diabetic Neuropathy Patient
If you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy, pay particular attention to your feet, hands, arms and legs and contact your NeuropathyDR® specialist immediately if you notice any blisters, sores, torn skin, or inflammation. The combination of your diabetes and your diabetic neuropathy can lead to very serious infections that are slow or impossible to heal. This can lead to dire complications that can be avoided if you receive the proper medical treatment early.
Make sure you’re doing a visual inspection and not relying on soreness or pain. Your diabetic neuropathy will impair your ability to feel pain in your extremities and you may not notice the problem until it’s too late for successful treatment.
Assess your current medical situation and take note of any of the symptoms we described. If you are experiencing any of these issues associated with diabetic neuropathy, contact our main office at
781-659-7989 and take full advantage of our systems & expertise in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, including diabetic neuropathy.
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While searching for a precise answer or neuropathy treatment plan, constructive changes such as changes in health and behavior may be neglected. A better solution is to vow to do everything you possibly can to improve the quality of your health and well-being immediately.
If you are reading this, no doubt you understand how difficult and frustrating a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy can be.
You should know this is very frustrating for your clinicians as well.You probably know that many times it is impossible to identify precisely what causes a patient’s peripheral neuropathy. The same is true for many forms of chronic pain.
One of the things that’s the most frustrating for patients and clinicians alike is searching for a precise answer where none is liable to be found. We call this neuropathy analysis paralysis. Unfortunately, many patients with peripheral neuropathy end up just like this.
So what happens is, both patients and clinicians will delay treating the patient. Now, sometimes this is a good idea— especially when it involves strong medications with powerful side effects and/or invasive tests or procedures.
But what also happens is, while searching for a precise answer or neuropathy treatment plan, constructive changes such as changes in health and behavior are neglected, and our patient’s suffering continues.
A better solution is to vow to do everything you possibly can to improve the quality of your health and well-being immediately.
What we do know is that our behaviors have a profound impact upon the outcome of any disease, trauma, or health condition.
For example: could you become a little more fit, starting today? Are there other habits you have, like smoking cigarettes, or consuming too much alcohol, that you could change immediately? These could make a profound difference in how you feel a month from now.
If you are like most neuropathy patients, the answer is a resounding yes!
So, while it’s wonderful to have an accurate diagnosis, and all the answers, too often, when dealing with neuropathy treatment, this is not possible.
This is why becoming more involved with your own health conditions goes a long way towards speeding you on your path back to health.
But where do you begin? This is always the first question that patients pose. The answer is, start with a list of things you could be doing different right now.
A dedicated neuropathy treatment list will help your neuropathy treatment professionals go a long way towards improving the quality your life, beginning today!
So don’t add “neuropathy analysis paralysis” to your list of maladies. Instead, vow to take daily positive actions, however small they may seem.
So let us help you wth a REAL neuropathy treatment plan! Go To http://NeuropathyDR.com NOW!
You’ll be happy that you did.