Neuropathy is a result of damage to nerves in the periphery of the brain and spinal cord. The damage is due to obstruction of blood supply by different issues. It causes numbness, weakness, and pain. It can also affect body functions like circulation, digestion, and urination.
The peripheral nervous system is important. It sends information from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body. The central nervous system also relies on the peripheral nerves to send sensory information back to it.
There are several causes of peripheral neuropathy. They include infections, traumatic injuries, metabolic problems, exposure to toxins, and genetic inheritance. The most common of the causes is diabetes.
Most people with peripheral neuropathy describe the pain as burning, tingling, or stabbing. Other symptoms include numbness, muscle weakness, paralysis, and extreme sensitivity to touch. The symptoms depend on which nerves peripheral neuropathy affects. For example, paralysis occurs where neuropathy affects the motor nerves.
Most current treatments for neuropathy aim at treating the symptoms and not the root cause. Although the symptoms lessen and the condition is manageable, patients still need long-term relief. Laser therapy provides this long-term relief. Laser therapy is a technology that uses specific wavelengths of light to deeply penetrate different areas of the body.
It stimulates microcirculation around the peripheral nerves, increasing blood flow. It also releases endorphins that reduce inflammation and pain. When there is a reduction of inflammation and pain, the nerve function improves and you can heal.
Laser light energy penetrates the skin and stimulates oxygen, increasing its levels in the cells. The increase in microcirculation regenerates the nerve fibers, helping the peripheral nerves heal. It is painless and works without damaging or heating soft tissue.
The goal of the therapy is to create an environment that allows the nerves to regenerate. For the nerves to regenerate, they need activation and fuel. The fuel is glucose and oxygen.
By focusing different wavelengths of light on the areas with nerve damage, the lasers accelerate tissue regeneration. Tissue regeneration happens when the mitochondria absorb the near-infrared light. The light energizes the mitochondria, increasing the production of ATP, which is fuel for the cells. The activation and fuel then accelerate healing.
The light energy also increases circulation that draws oxygen, water, and nutrients to the area of damage. These provide an optimal healing environment for the peripheral nerves. The light also reduces inflammation and pain by releasing endorphins. It releases byproducts like carbon dioxide and lactic acid that cause stiffness and spasms.
Laser therapy has a similar effect on cells as sunlight has on plants. It is a treatment that will improve the quality of your life. As the conditions that support the healing of the peripheral nerves improve, so will your body. You will start to regain the capacity to go about your day-to-day activities as you would before.
For more information on laser therapy and treating neuropathy, contact Pain and Laser Centers Of North Carolina, PLLC, at our office in Greensboro, North Carolina. You can call (336) 299-3037 to schedule an appointment today.