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Peripheral neuropathy symptoms range from mild numbness, tingling, burning, hot, or cold in the hands and feet. Other people describe strange sensations, such as feeling socks or gloves are always on their hands or feet. In some people the symptoms are rather mild while other people describe excruciating pain that limits their daily function. These people find it very difficult to walk through the grocery store let alone concentrate with the excruciating pain in their feet.
Damage from peripheral neuropathy can be to a single nerve or a group of nerves in the feet. The nerves in the feet actually start in the spine and travel from the low back all the way down to the toes. The further the nerve travels and the smaller the nerve gets, the more likely it is to be affected by neuropathy. This long neuron is unable to fully repair and heal itself which is why it is now malfunctioning. Nerves can be sensory or motor, such as with the median nerve and carpal tunnel syndrome. Sensory nerves feel pain, pressure, warm, and cold sensations. Stimulus to these nerves sends a signal from the toes up to the spine. Motor nerves send signals from the spine down to the feet and toe muscles to cause muscle contraction. These nerves work together to maintain balance.
Nerves are unable to fully repair and heal themselves back to 100% function. Chronically damaged nerves often only operate with partial function. They have lower energy levels within the cell and then they often transmit signals slower than healthy nerves. These nerves also send bad signals down the axon that the body interprets as pain, burning, tingling, and changes in sensation in the feet.
Conservative treatment enhances processes within the nerve to heal and repair itself. Cold laser therapy is one of the newest treatments to enhance cellular systems to trigger increased energy production and repair processes. Specific wavelength and frequencies increase ATP or energy production within the cell. Chronically injured cells often operate on rationed levels of energy and do not have extra energy to use towards repair. The cold lasers increase the ATP production, giving the cell more energy to repair and heal with. In addition, these frequencies increase blood flow all along the axon to bring increased nutrients to the nerve. Other frequencies decrease inflammation along the nerve that is slowing repair and increasing pain sensation.
Low-level laser therapy has also been shown to increase nerve function, rate of axon growth, and axon conduction velocity in peripheral nerves. Overall low-level laser therapy is going to ramp up the cellular processes within the nerve to increase its repair and healing. It is also going to decrease the inflammation and irritation along the nerve that slows repair. Increasing blood flow and its reactions inside the nerve promote healing and repair, allowing the nerve greater potential to reach its hundred percent function once again.
Low-level laser therapy is often combined with vibration therapy during treatment. Vibration therapy stimulates and activates the sensory nerves in the feet and increases the amount of nerve impulses along the sensory neurons. The increased stimulus of neuron signals from the toes up to the spine further stimulates cellular repair processes within the axon. Furthermore, vibration therapy is also going to cause the motor neurons to send signals from the spine down to the feet causing muscle contractions to maintain balance and stability. The combination of increased stimulus up the sensory nerve and increased action potential down the motor neuron increases balance along with peripheral nerve repair processes.
Conservative treatment is very effective at decreasing peripheral neuropathy symptoms, including burning, tingling, hot, and cold symptoms. Within three weeks most patients report significant improvement in their pain intensity and frequency. They report the symptoms are happening less often throughout the day and are disappear faster. They are very happy with treatment, especially considering the amount of years they have dealt with neuropathy affecting their life.