Suffer From Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is damage to the nerves which may be caused either by diseases or trauma to the nerves, chemotherapy, or diabetes, among other ways. Common symptoms of Neuropathy include:
- Balance Issues
- Sharp-Shooting Pain
- Electric Pain
A normal, healthy nerve has an outer coating that protects it and allows proper function. This outer coating is living tissue. Like all living tissue, this outer coating needs blood supply and oxygen.
In Neuropathy, the blood supply and oxygen to this outer coating begin to die off. When this occurs, the living tissue is not given the nutrients it needs and begins to disintegrate. The decreased protection around the nerve causes it to “short circuit” and stop functioning normally.
This “short circuit” cases the nerves to misfire, which is why people with Neuropathy experience an array of symptoms. The most common symptoms from this “misfiring” are burning, tingling, numbness, cramping, balance issues, and sharp-shooting pain.
There are many nerves in the feet and they all have different functions. There is a nerve that helps you balance, another that helps your feet feel the surroundings, a nerve that senses burning, pain, and tingling amongst other functions. Damage to the outer coating in any of these can cause problems with balance, numbness, tingling, pain etc.
The real problem with Neuropathy is that it is degenerative…it gets worse with time. Sometimes it’s slow to start, and other times its rapid. Unfortunately, all cases eventually accelerate to point that patients often times end up with a cane, walker and even into a wheelchair, which affects their quality of life.
The importance with Neuropathy is to get a proper evaluation to determine the stage it is in and can it be helped before it is too late.
“SAY GOODBYE TO PAIN-AND HELLO TO BETTER HEALTH!”
Better Health Chiropractic uses an advanced peripheral neuropathy treatment program. The process is made up of four distinct treatment methods that combine to form the most effective treatment available for the relief of peripheral neuropathy pain and discomfort.
The four steps of the protocol are:
Let’s explore each of these…
STEP 1: STIMULATE
The process begins with drug-free pain relief and functional nerve stimulation & rehabilitation. For this we use an electronic device which has been cleared by the FDA for a number of pain indications.
The device produces and delivers electronic, biologically effective signals that are used to decrease nerve pain and allows for greater blood flow and thus healing and rehabilitation of the damaged nerves.
The immediate benefits include pain reduction and the increased ability to feel your feet, which in turn aids in restoring your good balance! Unlike other electro-medical devices used primarily by physical therapists such as TENS units, this equipment has been engineered for physician-use in clinical pain management and neuropathy.
STEP 2: REJUVENATE
The second step in the protocol is to increase your overall circulation by utilizing “Light Emitting Diode” therapy. This LED light therapy was designed for the specific treatment of feet and hands and is a critical part of the program.
LED light effectively penetrates the skin to stimulate further healing of the damaged nerves by initiating the release of nitric-oxide. This release causes vasodilation, or the widening of the blood vessels, to restore normal blood flow and circulation.
This improved circulation brings more oxygen and nutrients to the peripheral nerves to stimulate angiogenesis through which new blood vessels are formed.
The light is able to travel deeper and penetrate your body in ways that cannot be reached by other means, apart from surgery.
If you’ve ever held a flashlight up to your hand, you will have seen how effectively light travels through the tissue of your body.
Light Therapy was introduced by NASA and originally developed as a way to speed up cell regeneration and to provide faster plant growth and food production for long-term space missions.
Once it was proved effective with plant cells, research advanced to using adapting the technology to speed cellular regeneration in reducing healing times in animals and people.
STEP 3: ACTIVATE
Step 3 involves the use of vibration therapy. It’s been found that the different types of nerves in the body respond to different frequencies of vibration to heal and respond most efficiently.
This treatment uses different frequencies of vibration on different areas of your body which further stimulates new capillary and nerve regeneration. This stimulation helps to increase blood flow to the peripheral nerves and the tissue they serve.
Tissue vibration therapy also helps to reintroduce sensation and stimulate the nerves that help with balance.
STEP 4: EMPOWER
There is no discounting the amazing results that our patients see from steps 1-3, but step 4 is truly THE KEY to not only reaching your desired level of pain-free health, but staying there for as long as you like.
You’ve probably heard of the numerous health issues related to inflammation. This dangerous health problem has made headlines in many magazines and journals. In fact, Time Magazine calls inflammation “the secret killer” — and it’s true!
Inflammation has been proven to cause serious health problems such as poor circulation … breathing problems … joint destruction … low energy … allergies … and a host of other illnesses. A diet that causes inflammation creates an internal environment where the body is constantly working against itself. People with peripheral neuropathy have chronic inflammation in the nerves, blood vessels, and micro-capillaries.
Step 4 is called “Empower” because we empower our patients to take control and ensure that their newfound pain-free health is maintained for the rest of their lives!
Through nutritional education and proper supplementation, your body starts to play a more dynamic role in healing and becomes much more effective at fighting off illness and disease.
The protocol is a comprehensive 4-step program made up of complimentary therapies and methods of treatment which are specifically aligned based on the unique needs of each patient and what nerve fibers have been affected. All of our treatments are non-invasive, non-surgical, and completely free of any drugs.
Our methods are highly effective because they work simultaneously to naturally decrease pain while aiding in repair and regeneration of the damaged nerves and micro circulation at the core of the problem. This basically creates a process where the body can begin to heal itself just as it was designed to do!
Once the results of an office examination have been reviewed in full, a doctor will review the entire process and design a customized system or therapies that also takes into consideration a treatment schedule that caters to individualized needs and circumstances.
The typical course of action that a majority of doctors focus on is blocking the painful symptoms instead of resolving the underlying problem. Unfortunately, this approach of merely treating a patient’s symptoms with medication or surgery has been the doctrine followed and taught at medical schools for decades.
Futher still, the main source of continuing education on pain management for doctors is typically sponsored and hosted by pharmaceutical companies. In many instances, producers of drugs like Lyrica, Gabapentin, and Neurontin are the instructing doctors how to best treat neuropathy!
The treatments have been “cleared” by the FDA. The label “FDA Approved” is generally used in relation to drugs, not medical equipment, so it is simply a matter of terminology.
The cost of gaining a better quality of life through the treatment of Neuropothy can vary incredibly depending on the severity of a patient’s condition. Our doctors work hard to develop a treatment that encompasses and compliments all characteristics in a patient’s life.
Insurance companies tend to classify treatments as “Complimentary and Alternative Medicine” (CAM). Acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapies are other treatments enveloped in the CAM category. Unfortunately, though a growing percentage of Americans now regularly use CAM therapies, insurance prodivers typically cover little to none of the cost.
Though it doesn’t make sense to most, insurance seems designed to only cover expensive drugs that simply cover up symptoms. Extreme situations, such as amputations or wheelchairs, once things have progressed too far are also covered. Not much, if any, attention is focused on preventative care or treatments like ours; ones that actually focus on the causal factors of the problem.
We understand that this is a problem and will do everything we can to help. A large percentage of our patients have fixed incomes with concerns of having adequate finances to seek treatment. Our services so affordable that hundreds of people are seen in our offices each week. We are all too familiar with going above and beyond to help our patients get their lives back.
Our neuropathy treatment process typically involves three 1-hour treatment sessions per week through a duration that ranges anywhere from four to sixteen weeks. This largely varies depending on the complexity of your condition as determined by your doctor.
Although the statement holds some truth, it is only partially correct. Think of your nervous system as two distinct sections:
your central nervous system (CNS) and your peripheral nerves. The CNS includes your brain and spinal cord. Your peripheral nerves are bundles of nerve fibers, in area such has your hands and feet, that carry information to and from your spinal cord; think telephone lines.
Now, in the event of brain or spinal chord damage, nerve regeneration rarely occurs as the CNS has a very limited capacity to heal. However, peripheral nerves have quite an amazing capacity for regeneration and work in just the same way that a persons finger would were it to be cut off. If the finger is reattached without too much time having passed, the nerves can regrow and the person will have a complete, or nearly complete, recovery in most cases. This concept is similar to how our treatments are able to regenerate these amazing peripheral nerves that have been affected by your neuropathy.
Because Neuropathy is a progressive condition, it does more nerve damage each and every day. So, just as if that person with the severed finger waited too long to go to the hospital, there can come a point where your neuropathy has caused too much damage leaving no further options for us to help you. For these reasons, if you want to prevent any more serious damage to your hands or feet, we always stress the importance of catching this and doing what’s necessary as quickly as possible.
Our therapies involve nerve stimulation, light therapy, and tissue vibration. Thousands of peer reviewed research papers and articles on these technologies are available through various scientific and medical websites worldwide. The equipment we use is FDA cleared and our treatments have provided lasting relief for thousands of people from around the country in just the last few years alone!
In most cases, yes we can. As it turns out, peripheral neuropathy is one of the most overlooked causes of RLS.
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