Cold Laser Therapy To Treat Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy, is a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, usually in your hands and feet and often causes weakness, numbness, and pain. It can also affect other areas of your body.
Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes mellitus.
Nerve signaling in neuropathy is disrupted in three ways:
- loss of signals normally sent (like a broken wire).
- inappropriate signaling when there shouldn’t be any (like static on a telephone line).
- errors that distort the messages being sent (like a wavy television picture).
Symptoms Peripheral Neuropathy
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary depending on which nerves are involved. Peripheral refers to all the nerves in your body other than the brain and spinal cord. Peripheral neuropathy can cause pain and make it difficult to walk or do things with your hands. The most common symptoms are:
- Pain (pain may be there all the time or come and go, may feel like shooting or stabbing pain).
- Tingling (“pins and needles” feeling) or electric/shock-like pain
- Loss of feeling (which can be numbness or just less ability to sense pressure, touch, heat, or cold).
- Trouble using your fingers to pick up or hold things; dropping things.
- Balance problems
- Tripping or stumbling while walking.
- Being more sensitive to cold or heat.
- Being more sensitive to touch or pressure.
- Shrinking muscles.
- Muscle weakness.
- Decreased or no reflexes.
Cold Laser Therapy and Peripheral Neuropathy
- The most popular form of laser therapy used for neuropathic pain is cold laser treatment. The method works by the circulation around the affected areas being stimulated. This is beneficial because of the lack of blood supply around the distal parts of the body, as a result of increased glucose levels.
- When this happens, the nerve fibers that have been damaged can receive sufficient nutrition and oxygen, which helps repair and optimize their functionality. This results in decreased neuropathic pain and discomfort. The process is painless and works to relieve other symptoms associated with neuropathy as well, including inflammation and wound healing.
- Cold laser therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive, completely painless, neuropathy pain relief treatment. Some patients report neuropathy pain reduced
- eliminated or
- after just one treatment.
- This treatment may allow you to stop taking prescription neuropathy pain medications, some of which can result in numerous ill side effects.
The Peripheral Neuropathy And Cold Laser Therapy Takeaway
Peripheral neuropathy can be a major drawback for your day to day activity and independence and may even have some heavy emotional and psychological effects. However, there are ways that you can treat the condition.
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.
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