Neuropathy can be debilitating. The pain of neuropathy can start out mild but can quickly escalate. The patients who suffer from neuropathy pain are forced to live a painful, sedentary lifestyle since activity and pressure can cause extreme pain. In most cases, patients are not able to walk without feeling like they are walking on shards of glass. Many patients seek help from one or more doctors but are left hopeless. Neuropathy used to be thought of as a condition that is lifelong and will not subside. However, now we are finding that treatment is available and these nerves do not have to be on fire all the time. Often times, patients with neuropathy suffer from tingling, sharp pain, numbness, or a burning sensation in their arms, hands, legs or feet. Research has shown, and we have seen that low-level laser therapy can help these patients get their life back and get back to enjoying the activities with their families they used to love. One of the critical aspects of treatment is to use the laser and light to increase the blood flow to the affected area. By using this therapy, the increased blood flow works by increasing the circulation and the oxygenation to the nerves. By dramatically increasing the oxygenation to the nerves, we are also increasing the oxygen concentration to the tissues. Dr. Alexander Jimenez has the ability to teach patients about neuropathy and offer them this treatment. However, he does more than just offer patients help with their pain, but he offers them hope. Our patients have experienced these results and are back to doing the activities they once thought were gone forever. – Kenna Vaughn, Senior Health Coach
00:00:15] You’ve probably seen a number of medical professionals about your peripheral neuropathy, pain, perhaps tried various prescription drugs. But despite everything you’ve tried, your pain still exists. Maybe worst of all, you’ve been told by one or more doctors you’ll just have to live with it or that your pain’s all in your head. We know peripheral neuropathy pain is real. We see it everyday in the countless number of patients we treat.
[00:00:40] At the core of our care is a multidisciplinary approach that includes five critical keys for defeating peripheral property. Those include increasing circulation and oxygenation to the nerves. This is accomplished with the use of specialized laser technology that increases circulation by 300 to 500 percent, dramatically increasing oxygen concentration in the tissues.
[00:01:02] A closer look illustrates how the use of laser therapy and infrared diodes can help heal the body. At the basic level, all cells in the body have a miniature power plant within called the mitochondria. This is where our cells energy is produced. The technical term for this energy is called adenosine triphosphate or ATP for short. Patients with neuropathy have decreased blood flow and weaker mitochondria, which causes nerve cells to improperly transmit impulses throughout the body, most commonly in the extremities. Because the mitochondria are very sensitive to light. Concentrated laser light therapy stimulates a rapid increase in ATP production in the mitochondria with this intense increase in energy production the light frequencies greatly improve blood flow as well as the production of oxygen, nitric oxide, enzymes and other vital elements to help the body’s nerves heal naturally on a cellular level. The result is a cascade of beneficial chemical reactions throughout damaged nerve cells that stimulates healing.
[00:02:06] Infrared laser is so instrumental that it makes up the first and most important leg of our protocol to facilitate nerve repair. It has the ability to desensitize nerve fibers, which means it helps decrease or eliminate nerve pain. Laser therapy reduces inflammation at the side of the nerve and surrounding tissue and also improves blood flow and circulation. And it facilitates the development of new healthy blood vessels that supply the nerves and the surrounding tissue with oxygen and nutrients. Anyone suffering with peripheral neuropathy knows how debilitating the pain can be. We’ve had patients who’ve literally wanted to commit suicide or amputate their feet or hands because they just couldn’t bear the pain any longer.
[00:02:50] So the laser devices work on two levels on a circulatory level and on a cellular level.
[00:02:56] So on a circulatory level, basically all that means is that the infrared laser devices will actually increase blood flow to the lower extremity by approximately 500 percent. So we’re literally surging the legs with blood, oxygen and nutrients to stimulate repair. On a cellular level the nerve cells have these little energy factories, their little organelles called mitochondria. These mitochondria are responsible for producing energy. So they’re extremely sensitive to the lasers. And when those lasers hit those nerve cells, they begin pumping up a ton of energy. And when the nerve cell has a heightened state of energy, it begins to repair itself very rapidly.
[00:03:37] Finally, you may be asking, should I wait? Give us a call today and reserve one of our new patient consultations.[194.4]
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