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Cold Lasers decrease pain, swelling, burning, sensation changes, and swelling.
Increase blood flow to enhance nerve healing.
Diabetic neuropathy is a painful condition that results from chronically high blood sugar levels destroying small blood vessels. The blood vessels that provide nutrients to the sensory and pain nerves in the feet are especially likely to be damaged resulting in poor blood supply to the pain and sensory nerves.
Blood vessels in the feet are damaged with pressure from our body weight, and injury to those vessels result in decreased blood flow to all the tissues in our ankles and feet. This is why cuts and scrapes do not heal very fast, and small injuries are likely to cause serious trouble in diabetic patients.
Because diabetes damages small arteries, especially around the neurons, the cells are unable to properly repair and heal themselves. The small neurons then begin to operate in a damaged state, or at a sub-optimal level.
As nerve health declines, it begins sending bad signals from the receptors in the feet up to the spinal cord. These improper signals result in the feeling of burning, tingling, temperature change, and pain in the foot. This is also why patients with diabetic neuropathy often find it uncomfortable or painful to have shoes compress or a blanket lay on the feet.
Neuropathy symptoms progress as the nerve damage increases. The symptoms often begin as mild and progress over weeks and months. Severe pain and burning limit all daily activities including walking or standing for longer than 10 minutes. Some symptoms are so severe it requires pain medication to control or limit their pain.
Low-level laser therapy or cold laser therapy utilizes specific wavelengths to trigger mechanisms within the body. Specific wavelengths cause arteries to dilate or increase the amount of blood that flows through the blood vessels in the feet. Increased blood flow means more nutrients can get to the nerves.
Another wavelength within the body triggers increased cell and repair mechanisms in the neuron. One of these mechanisms increases ATP or energy production. ATP is the cell's energy source, and if a cell has extra energy it can utilize that for healing. Chronically injured cells often have low levels of ATP which further complicates its normal repair processes.
Combining increased blood flow with increased cellular repair gives the nerve an opportunity to heal.
Cold lasers have been utilized in the US and Europe for over 30 years for therapeutic applications. The newest class IV cold lasers are able to produce 10 J of energy per second and can penetrate 8 – 10 cm into the body. This is a tremendous amount of energy output and has the ability to reach the small nerves deep into the body.
Older class III lasers were first utilized to treat neuropathy. However, they could only produce 6 J of energy per minute and could penetrate only 2 – 3 cm into the body. They could not produce enough energy or depth of penetration to promote the amount of cellular healing required for healing nerves damaged by diabetic neuropathy.
Cold laser therapy for diabetic neuropathy will be applied to the feet and low back. The low-level laser therapy will stimulate the receptors and sensory nerve from the feet up to the spine. The motor neurons that control muscle contraction leave the spinal cord and travel towards the feet. By applying laser therapy to both areas of the body we stimulate the beginning and end of both types of neurons.
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Laser treatments result in increased nerve healing and less pain. As the swelling and pain decreases people begin to "feel normal." Most people begin walking further with less pain, and are less limited in their daily lives.Vibration Therapy to Enhance Nerve Healing
Vibration therapy stimulates the sensory nerve receptors in the feet causing more signals to travel through those nerves to the spinal cord. The brain and spinal cord then send signals down the motor neurons to the feet. The motor neurons leave the spinal cord and travel to the muscles in the feet to cause contraction to maintain balance.
The more signals that travel through a nerve the stronger it gets. Just like muscle, the more it is used the stronger it gets.
Vibration therapy promotes repair and regeneration by stimulating the sensory and motor neurons within this pathway. When a neuron is consistently used it triggers additional repair and healing processes that complement nerve regeneration. This is similar to muscle strength training, whereas repeated exercise stimulates muscle growth and repair. Increased stimulation of muscle tissue causes increased amounts of muscle fibers to be produced; likewise increased stimulation in sensory and motor neurons increases nervous tissue repair and healing.
Low-level laser therapy and vibration therapy are tremendous treatments for decreasing diabetic neuropathy symptoms. Patient suffering with extreme pain, numbness, tingling, or altered sensation report significant improvement within three weeks of treatment. The intensity, frequency, and duration of symptoms are improved over time.
People who were unable to walk through the grocery store find themselves walking through the mall without pain. They also reported improved quality of life and greater ability to enjoy their daily activities.
An initial treatment is applied 2-3 times a week for four weeks. Many people begin to show improvement in their pain intensity, frequency, and sensation changes within a few weeks. Not everyone will respond to the therapy, but most do show some improvement from the treatments.
To learn more about cold laser therapy treatment, visit Cold Laser Treatments in Chandler.
Medicare will cover most of the costs of cold laser treatments for neuropathy. For those without medicare, a trial treatment of 12 sessions costs $450. Call today for more information, or visit Diabetic Neuropathy Treatments.
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