Our bodies are packed with nerves – bundles of fibers that are responsible for sending and receiving messages between the body and brain. These chemicals are sent by chemical and electrical changes in the cells, called neurons, that make up the nerves. These nerves are extremely delicate.
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the nerves found in the extremities of the body, such as the arms, hands, and feet, become damaged. There are many reasons why this can happen. While peripheral neuropathy isn’t life-threatening, it can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms that affect the quality of your day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help.
There are a wide variety of different health problems that can cause peripheral neuropathy, but one of the most common is diabetes. This is because persistently high blood sugar levels can damage the tiny blood vessels that supply your nerves. The longer you suffer from diabetes, particularly if it is uncontrolled, the more likely you are to suffer from peripheral neuropathy.
Other causes of the condition include:
Excessive alcohol consumption
Low levels of vitamin B12
Traumatic injury to the nerves, such as that sustained in a car accident
An underactive thyroid gland
Certain infections, including shingles, Lyme disease, and HIV
Chronic liver or kidney disease
Certain types of cancer including lymphoma and multiple myeloma
Conditions caused by an overactive immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Sjögren’s syndrome
There are a range of symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy, but the key ones to be aware of include:
Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
Stabbing, burning, and shooting pains in the affected areas
Loss of balance and coordination
Muscle weakness, particularly in the feet
Symptoms may remain constant, or they may come and go at different times. The severity of the symptoms may also vary.
The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to opt for medicines or surgery to experience effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy.
Our non-invasive and non-surgical treatment protocol combines several of the most advanced therapy techniques to eliminate the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, as well as treat the underlying cause. There are four unique components to our highly effective neuropathy protocol. These are as follows:
This therapy uses low levels of infrared light (known as LLLT) to trigger vasoendothelial growth (VEGF) which signals angiogenesis – the creation of new blood vessels. These grow back around the peripheral nerves and provide them with the nutrition required to heal themselves, repairing the nerve damage.
State-of-the-art electrostimulation is used in many areas of medicine, including cancer care. Electrostimulation has been shown to encourage the growth of nerves, known as never re-education, rebuilding them and their capabilities.
Our bodies can only heal themselves if they have the correct fuel to do so. We offer advanced nutrition therapy that is designed specifically to accelerate the healing process by positively affecting the complex processes of inflammation, blood flow, and bioavailable nitric oxide.
You’ll enjoy regular visits to our health center where we will perform your electromagnetic infrared therapy and electrostimulation treatments, as well as provide you with the education and support you need to see exceptional results.
If you would like more information about peripheral neuropathy, or to talk to us about our treatment protocol for the condition, please contact us at the Pleasant Life Health Center in Charleston, South Carolina at (843) 428-7900 today.