Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition, whereby the nerves that carry messages from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body are damaged or diseased. Damage to these nerves can interfere with communication, and impair muscle movement, resulting in weakness or loss of balance. The nerve damage can, also cause abnormal sensations in the hands/arms and feet/legs. These sensations may be experienced as numbness, tingling, pins & needles, burning or an abnormal crawling sensation on the limbs.
Many times, the numbness can be so severe that people have stepped on a needle and had it lodged in their foot with no awareness. In other cases, people may report that it feels like they’re walking over hot coals.
In any case, all these people are usually told the same thing by their doctors. This disabling condition is permanent and there’s nothing that can be done to heal the nerves.
Well, the latest scientific research provides evidence to the contrary.
Hundreds of Clinical Studies Confirm the Efficacy of Low Level Infrared Light Therapy (LLLT)
Infrared energy has been around since the creation of the universe. In fact, you feel the infrared energy or heat daily, when you experience the warmth of the sunlight. However infrared light therapy has only been introduced into the medical community as a source of treatment since 1967 by Dr. Andre Mester.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) (also known as Near-Infrared light) has been well researched and backed by excellent results. As a result, it’s been used clinically for over 30 years in Eastern Europe and Asia to treat damaged nerves and a whole host of other conditions. Now it’s also gaining recognition in Canada.
There are 3 types of infrared: Far, Mid and Near. We are only interested in near infrared (~750-1000nm) for the purposes of light therapy, because it has the deepest penetration into the body allowing it to affect nerves.
Near infrared light therapy (or LLLT) has been approved by the FDA since the 1990’s. What’s incredible about LLLT is that it does not mask the symptoms of neuropathy; it actually promotes the healing of the nerve and other tissues.
Here’s How it Works:
The low level laser therapy works because of how cells react to it. When lasers are applied to cells, it is called photo-biostimulation. Cells seemingly "talk" to each other more via laser therapy. Photo-biostimulation promote healing within nerves, tissues and wounds.
As Near Infrared light (LLLT) infiltrates the many layers of tissue in the body, it encourages nitric oxide (NO) production in the cells, which increases blood flow to the nerves and other tissues. Nitric oxide is a short-lived gas that is crucial to the health of your arteries. NO allows your arteries to relax and enhances blood flow bringing oxygen and other vital nutrients to your tissues and nerves. NO also, regulates blood pressure, fights free radicals and prevents platelets from clumping together.
Increased NO production lasts for several hours after application of the LLLT. This can dramatically increase circulation to injury sites and areas of chronic pain.
In addition to stimulating cell growth, pain relief is a major benefit of low-level laser therapy. Lasers also have an anti-inflammatory property that reduces tissue swelling.
Infrared Therapy Scientifically PROVEN to Work for Neuropathy
In 2006, a clinical study including *2239 people (average age of 73) suffering from foot numbness caused by Diabetes were treated with infrared photo energy (LLLT). More than 1000 of these people also experienced Neuropathy pain with a pain level of 7.2 out of 10.After an average of 18 treatments, neuropathic pain was reduced by 38% to 67% and sensation loss (numbness, tingling, pins & needles, prickling, burning) showed a 77% improvement.
The study concluded:
“MIRE (Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy) appears to be associated with significant clinical improvement in foot sensation and, simultaneously, a reduction in neuropathic pain in a large cohort of primarily Medicare aged patients, initially diagnosed with PN.” The quality of life associated with these two outcomes was significantly improved as reported by the patients.
The best part is regardless of the cause of your nerve pain (an injury, infection, diabetes, chemotherapy, autoimmune disease etc.) – infrared light therapy is proven to help. In fact, this simple technology (also known as MIRE therapy – monochromatic infrared light energy) delivers the most effective pain relief available without a prescription.
Not all lasers are created equally, meaning there are specific requirements necessary for healing of peripheral nerves.
Here are some basic requirements to look for when shopping for a laser:
- Infrared wavelength – 810 nm – 1000 nm
- FDA Cleared
- Covers large areas (to cover your legs/arms/hands etc.)
- Has a large amount of LED bulbs (more powerful)
The Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) we use in our clinic is made in the USA, is a true medical grade 890nm near infrared system that was cleared by the FDA in 1994 and is supported by peer-reviewed studies.
These studies were published in journals such as Diabetes care (proving efficiency for Diabetic Neuropathy) and Practical Pain Management.
Our units penetrate 200 mm into the body (~8 inches), which makes it excellent for nerve pain and other Neuropathy symptoms. Patients who developed neuropathy from the following causes have had remarkable results with our LLLT:
- Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN)
- Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)
- Statin Induced Neuropathy
- Medication induced (including fluoroquinolone antibiotics) Neuropathy
- Auto-Immune diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimotos)
- Surgery and injuries
- Alcohol induced neuropathy
- Toxin induced neuropathy
Who Can Benefit from LLLT for Neuropathy?
Infrared light therapy (also known as LLLT) has been proven effective for nerve pain and sensation-loss (numbness, tingling, burning, pins & needles) regardless of the root cause.
LLLT is beneficial for the following:
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Local Nerve pain
- Facial Nerve Problems
- Nerve pain from Chemotherapy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Lyme disease
- Nerve pain from hypothyroidism
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Idiopathic Neuropathy
Why Your Doctor Hasn’t Told You about Infrared Treatments
Less than 1% of Physicians (including Neurologists) know how to heal damaged peripheral nerves. This is because most doctors, simply don’t have the time to keep up on the most current research. Instead, they rely on pharmaceutical representatives to update them. The reality is, here in the U.S. doctors are not exposed to the science of light therapy during their training, even though the benefits have been proven in over 1000 clinical studies.
If you’re suffering with the Burning, Numbness, Tingling or Pain of peripheral neuropathy and have lost ALL quality of life, there is HOPE. You Can Get Your Life Back. We’ve been able to help hundreds upon hundreds of people who were ready to give up and die. Don’t live with peripheral neuropathy any longer.
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