Peripheral neuropathy is a condition characterized by damaged nerve endings, most commonly in the feet and lower legs.
Generally, a patient’s symptoms are initially localized to the digits and plantar aspect of the foot but over time can spread proximally to the distal third of the leg.
There are dozens of research studies out there showing just how effective light therapy is with healing. Here's 30 of them that pertain mostly to neuropathy.
Most cases are related to diabetes which impacts between 60 to 70 percent of all patients with diabetes. This is because elevated blood sugars eventually damage the small blood vessels that provide nutrients to the nerves. Since the blood vessels cannot provide adequate nutrients to nerves, nerve injuries do not properly heal and regenerate. There are dozens of other causes of neuropathy including trauma as well as the side effects of prescription drugs.
Light Therapy Treatment
Medical treatment for years has centered on pain management medicine to cover up the symptoms while the condition progresses. A much more natural, effective, non-invasive approach is the cutting-edge Light Therapy. This painless approach employs a powerful system that focuses on healing the damaged nerve endings, rather than covering up the symptoms with dangerous drugs which can cause terrible side effects.
How Does It Work?
The key discovery is that Light Therapy actually stimulates the tissues of the body at the cellular level. The light energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the mitochondria of the cells. This energizes the mitochondria and accelerates healing of damaged nerves and surrounding tissues. It does this in part by increasing the oxygenation of injured tissue. In fact, regardless of what type of tissue that is involved, Ideal Light dramatically increases cellular function.
Helping Peripheral Neuropathy with Light Therapy
Every year over three million new cases of peripheral neuropathy are diagnosed in the United States alone and the rate continues to grow each year. These patients suffer from neuropathic pain and disability including numbness and tingling along with sharp, throbbing or burning pain. The condition can lead to foot ulceration, gait disturbance and even amputation.
The pain experienced by people with diabetic neuropathy also impacts their quality of life. This includes difficulty in walking, sleeping and eventually contributes to a decrease in social interaction.
The principle behind Light Therapy is to enhance the functioning of the mitochondria, the organelles in the cell that are responsible for taking on nutrients and turning them into energy. This in turn improves the function of the whole cell. The end result is increased healing and circulation with significant symptomatic relief.
Some of the most common ailments that you can use Light Therapy on include: Diabetic Neuropathy, Plantar Fasciitis, Bunions, Heel Spur, Fungal Nail Infection, Achilles Tendon Injuries, Sprained Ankle, Calf Injuries