Peripheral neuropathy is likely a term your patients won’t come across until it affects them personally. Researchers estimate that as many as two million Americans may suffer from this condition without even realizing it. Neuropathy can affect people of all ages, but those with diabetes and the elderly are at increased risk.
Unfortunately, many people may try to explain away the pins and needles or burning sensations they feel. Or they may excuse episodes of loss of coordination or falling as clumsiness or the natural aging process. But left untreated, neuropathy can lead to irreversible nerve damage.
That’s why managing neuropathy starts with early intervention. Chief among these therapies is infrared light therapy. Let’s take a closer look at how it works.
The Many Uses of Infrared Therapy
Light therapy relies on specific wavelengths to offer therapeutic benefits. Although you may have heard of light therapy used to treat signs of aging or treating acne, you may not realize it can also be used for the treatment of pain. How does it work?
Light in the red and infrared range penetrates deeply into nerves and muscles, permitting cells to absorb this light energy. This causes an uptick in cell activity and blood flow. The result? Improved cellular regeneration and growth. Infrared therapy also helps with the reduction of inflammation and can even repair injuries and wounds, leading to a decrease in pain for many clients.
How Infrared Therapy Works
Individuals suffering from neuropathy have circulation issues. As a result, the myelin sheath, which protects the layer around the nerves, dies from a lack of blood supply. Fortunately, infrared light therapy promotes blood circulation.
This, in turn, offers temporary pain reduction by providing the nerve with the nutrients and oxygen necessary to proper health and functioning. For those suffering from diabetes, infrared therapy also encourages blood flow to the extremities that need it most. Countless patients have reported relief after receiving this noninvasive therapy.
Introducing Neurolight Treatment
Neurolight technology is a cutting-edge light treatment device for peripheral neuropathy. It has proven effective at treating patients with chronic pain caused by neuropathy. It has streamlined and eliminated the drawbacks of previous technologies and emits 4.49 times more power than the nearest competitive infrared device. Best of all, it offers complete coverage of the foot’s plantar aspect and the lateral and medial parts of the calf.
What’s the best course of action when it comes to managing neuropathy? After receiving a neuropathy diagnosis, it’s essential that you work with your patients to identify and treat the underlying medical cause. Chief among these causes is diabetes. Patients should also know that many treatment options exist. But some are better than others.
Managing neuropathy starts with a focus on proper nutrition (especially nitric oxide levels). That’s why you should test your patients’ nitric oxide levels at every visit. You should also recommend an excellent nitrate supplement. Coupled with Neurolight Treatment, you can optimize this therapeutic approach. Learn more about Neurolight Treatment devices.