Conservative Diabetic Neuropathy Treatments

Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment in Chandler

Diabetes damages many types of tissue because of the elevated sugar levels. Chronically high sugar in the blood stream causes damage to the small blood vessels that provide nutrients to our tissues. This is very evident in the damage to this very small blood vessel that provides oxygen and nutrients to neurons. With limited blood flow, neurons become damaged and are unable to repair themselves, resulting in a chronic state of sub altar performance.

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For example, imagine a nerve operates at 100% function. It is able to transmit a signal down its axon path as it was designed to do. It is also able to repair and heal itself. Nerves are very fragile tissues in the body, which is why any damage to a nerve can require months to heal. The small peripheral nerves in the hands and feet are exposed to compression damage with every step we take. They are also some of the longest nerves in the body traveling from the spine all the way down to her toes as a single cell. When these cells are damaged or injured, they rely on metabolic reactions within the nerve to help repair and heal. This is accomplished with nutrients to the nerve provided by those small arteries in the hands or feet.

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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. These sub-optimal neurons are trying to maintain their normal signal transmission function in addition to repair and heal. Damaged and injured nerves are also likely to send poor signals and bad signals to the brain.

Many patients with diabetic neuropathy report pain, numbness, tingling, or burning sensation, or weakness in the feet. These damaged or injured nerves are sending bad signals to the spinal cord and brain. If these nerves were able to repair and heal, they would not be sending the painful information of pain, numbness, or tingling.

Low-level laser therapy or cold laser therapy enhances cellular repair and healing through a variety of mechanisms.

  1. Cold laser therapy increases blood flow in tissues, especially in nervous tissue. The increased blood flow provides more nutrients to the neurons that can be used in regeneration, repair, and nerve healing.
  2. Low-level laser therapy decreases inflammation around the neurons, which is one of the causes for bad signals being sent from the neuron to the brain. Removing the inflammation and painful stimulus reduces the number and amount of painful stimuli being transmitted.
  3. Cold laser therapy accelerates the repair and regeneration processes within the neuron. It ramps up cellular repair of the axon, combined with increased nutrients level allows the axon to regenerate.
  4. Cold laser therapy increases mitochondrial production of ATP within the cell. ATP is the cellular energy required for repair and healing. Chronically injured cells travel low levels of ATP and are unable to produce enough energy for repair and healing. By increasing cellular ATP energy, the cell has more energy to heal and repair, promoting normal healing mechanisms.

Diabetes damages many tissues throughout the body, especially small blood vessels and neurons. Cold laser therapy increases blood flow to the neurons to increase their healing and repair. Patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy often report improvement in their pain, numbness, tingling, and burning from their diabetic neuropathy.

Learn more about low-level laser therapy in diabetic neuropathy treatments from Laser Neuropathy Pain Treatment website.