More than 20 million people in the United States are estimated to have some form of Peripheral Neuropathy (PN). PN occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed by disease or injury. The injured nerves either no longer communicate impulses like a broken wire, or they signal inappropriately like static on a phone line. Other times, signals may be distorted like a wavy television picture.
Neuropathy can also impair the function of the microvasculature (tiny blood vessels) in the extremities, and often the furthest nerve endings in the feet are affected first, or are the most seriously affected.
Symptoms can be brought on by diseases like diabetes, or as a result of viral infection or chemotherapy and include tingling, numbness, and shooting pains in the feet and legs, which can be worse at night.
Your doctor will explain how nerve damage is causing specific symptoms and how to minimize and manage them. With proper education, some people may be able to reduce their medication dosages or manage their neuropathy without medications. Decisive treatment can permit recovery of function over time, as long as the nerve cells have not died.
Correcting the underlying causes of PN may result in neuropathy re-solving on its own as the nerves recover or regenerate. Nerve health can be improved with healthy lifestyle habits like maintaining optimal weight, avoiding toxins, eating a balanced diet, and correcting vitamin deficiencies. It is particularly important to stop smoking because it constricts blood vessels that supply nutrients to the peripheral nerves, which can worsen neuropathic symptoms. Exercise delivers blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the furthest nerve endings, which improves muscle strength and protects against atrophy. It is possible, with diligent self-care, to alleviate symptoms and often create conditions that encourage nerve regeneration. It has been shown that strict control of blood glucose levels may reduce neuropathic symptoms and help people with diabetic neuropathy avoid further nerve damage.
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Our nutritional supplements area proprietary blend of clinically-proven ingredients designed to improve blood flow and decrease inflammation surrounding nerves, allowing for vital nutrition to reach nerve tissue. Studies have shown the beneficial effects of B vitamins for neurological health. Of special importance is Benfotiamine, which metabolizes quickly to Vitamin B1 (thiamine), and is more readily absorbed by the body. The neuropathEASE System not only treats the symptoms of PN, but helps to treat the cause of problem. Coupled with MLS Laser Therapy, inflammation is reduced and pain is eased.
The Robotic MLS Laser is the only Class 4 laser in the world that does not produce heat, and is completely painless. Emitting two precise and synchronized wavelengths of concentrated light energy, the Robotic MLS Laser simultaneously reduces inflammation and uniquely acts as an analgesic to ease pain. This patented laser system immediately improves blood flow to the affected area which speeds healing. FDA cleared, Low Level Laser Therapy is backed by 30 years of research.
The laser emission from the MLS Robotic Laser can reach 4 to 5 cm pulsing over 2000 times per second to stimulate deep nerve tissue. A recent study by Andrew Rader, DPM has shown that MLS Laser Therapy applied to leg nerves in persons with documented diabetic peripheral neuropathy leads to objective improvement in nerve function, demonstrated by NcS evaluation. This improvement can lead to improved sensibility in the feet, which interrupts the causal pathway leading to ulceration, infection and amputation.
10 Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy
1. Anti-inflammatory: MLS Laser Therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system which drains swollen areas. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
2. Analgesic: MLS Laser Therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells. It blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to decreased inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalin from the brain and adrenal glands.
3. Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, damaged cells are repaired faster.
4. Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilation and increases the diameter of blood vessels.
5. Increases Metabolic Activity: MLS Laser Therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
6. Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points: MLS Laser Therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a noninvasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief. The EVO model is availbe with acupuncture meridians.
7. Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: MLS Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.
8. Improved Nerve Function: Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle healing.
9. Immunoregulation: Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulating immunoglobulins and lymphocytes. Laser emissions are absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. Upon exposure to the laser, the enzyme flavomononucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosinetriphosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
10. Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue. Fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, MLS Laser Therapy is effective post surgically and in the treatment of open wounds and burns.
Early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy is important since peripheral nerves have a limited capacity to regenerate. Treatment may only stop the progression – not reverse damage.
Further deterioration of peripheral neuropathy can lead to loss of balance and mobility. Numbness in feet and hands can result in blisters or sores that cannot be explained, since you may not feel the pain of an injury. Untreated wounds can lead to infection, which in turn can spread to the bones. Severe wounds can lead to amputation.
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Robotic MLS Laser Treatments
For neuropathy, a series of 12 treatments, two to three times per week over the course of four to six weeks, will provide relief. Laser treatments are cumulative, meaning they build upon one another Following the initial phase, one treatment each month, for a total of 24 treatments, will continue to reduce Inflammation and increase blood flow.
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