Neuropathy is a very common disorder. Unfortunately,Â about 22% of Americans suffer, with percentages expected to rise to around 27% over the next few years!Â Neuropathy can affect anyone but diabetics should be specifically careful as they have a higher chance of being affected. Neuropathy affects everyone differentlyÂ but the main symptoms are burning, tingling, pins and needles, on fire, or sharp pains. Neuropathy takes place in the legs or feet, or hands and arms. Previously, many people were told that neuropathy could not be healing and the pain they were feeling will be permanent. Luckily, there has been a vast amount of research done that shows this is not the case. Nerves can be repaired. If they could not, then we would not see people regain function after a severed limb was sewn back on. These symptoms usually start out slow and manageable, but even if that is the case it is best to been seen. The sooner these symptoms start receiving treatment, the less overall pain is experienced. Unlike most places, Dr. Alexander Jimenez does not correct neuropathy with prescription drugs. The main reason for this is that often times, prescription drugs just mask or cover up the symptoms but no real healing or relief is being accomplished. The treatment that Dr. Alexander Jimenez uses is personalized and customized to each specific patient. With this being said, low laser light therapy has been proven to increase the healing of nerve endings. In addition to this, nerve endings can be stimulated with all-natural nutraceuticals. Nutraceuticals can help to increase blood flow which in turn promotes health and stimulation to the areas needed. Neuropathy does not have to be a lost cause but instead can be treated and get you back to doing the activities you once loved. – Kenna Vaughn, Senior Health Coach
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.
When a patient first walks through our doors, they’re typically very skeptical. And I understand where they’re coming from. They’ve usually been to a variety of doctors spanning from a podiatrist to some of the most renowned neurologists who basically say the same thing. Your neuropathy is permanent and you need to learn to live with it. Then they’re sent out the door with a bunch of medications, only to realize that they haven’t received the relief they had hoped for. And the problem with this approach is not only does a medication not help the nerves, but it carries a vast array of side effects. Now, what makes our approach different is that we focus on treating the underlying cause of neuropathy, whereas most medical facilities treat the symptoms with medication. And we have great results with this. And part of our success stems from the fact that we’re very selective as who we choose to work with.
Basically, the body’s nervous system is made up of two parts the central nervous system, which includes the brain and the spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system, which are the connecting nerves running from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, including your hands and feet. If you think of healthy nerve endings like this dandelion, the nerve endings pictured here at the end of the stock are pretty full and complete, much like your nerve endings were before your symptoms began. However, as your condition gets worse, nerve endings can deteriorate, causing a host of annoying, painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms. And if you’re like many neuropathy patients, when your doctor initially diagnosed your condition, they may have told you that your nerve endings were dead or too far gone for treatment. However, we find that more often than not, that’s just not the case.
We know peripheral neuropathy pain is real. We see it every day in the countless number of patients we treat.
I felt like I was walking on sharp glass every time I stood up and my back surgeon said that that was because of my diabetes and it would just progressively get worse. Like this is worse I can handle. I’m able to do a lot. In fact, I usually do swimming pool therapy three times a week. And what I’m doing basically is running back and forth in the water, trying to strength in my body. And I’m not having the same painful existence by just putting my foot down and putting weight on it. I’m able to do quite a bit. In fact, the other seniors in the pool, they always tell me to slow down because I’m making them look too bad. That tickles me. This treatment has helped me enjoy the things I always enjoy, and I’m able to do them again and not be apprehensive about them.
The biggest misconception about naturopathy is the fact that it’s classified as idiopathic. Meaning of unknown origin. And that’s simply not correct.
We do know the causes of neuropathy. Things like diabetes, side effects from medications, chemotherapy and even environmental toxins. Now, what many people don’t realize is that there are enormous amounts of toxins or chemicals in the foods that they’re eating. Things like MSG, Aspartmine,Â which do a lot of damage to the peripheral nerves in their personal care products, they have chemicals like metal parabens and even in their mouth, their silver fillings have large amounts of mercury which do an enormous amount of damage to the peripheral nerves and to the nervous system. As far as the causes of peripheral neuropathy, those can vary. However, research suggests that as many as two thirds of all people suffering from diabetes will develop from peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can also commonly develop as a result of using Stattin or cholesterol lowering medications, blood pressure medications and is a common side effect of people going under chemotherapy or radiation therapy.Â
Additionally, neuropathy can result from spinal related conditions like stenosis, herniated disks, and sciatica. And oftentimes the condition is misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis,Â Morton’s neuroma and restless leg syndrome. we utilize a gentle, proven approach to treating neuropathy without surgery, NON-invasively and completely drug free. At the core of our care is a multidisciplinary approach that includes five critical keys for defeating peripheral neuropathy. 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.
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.
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