Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment
One of the most prevalent issues for individuals dealing with Type II diabetes is diabetic neuropathy. This occurs when the body’s nerves are exposed to high blood sugar, decreased blood supply, and inflammation. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy most often manifests as a tingling or burning sensation in the extremities such as feet and hands.
While it’s possible to treat the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, there’s not a cure for it. But even treating the symptoms can be challenging. Most physicians take a pharmaceutical approach and prescribe various pain management medications. However, the problem with this is that because many patients suffering from neuropathy tend to be older, there is often more than one medical condition being dealt with. Therefore, it can take time to work out what medication works best to manage pain and which ones will not negatively interact with other medicines or conditions.
In the meantime, the patient is still dealing with pain that makes sleep difficult and performing simple actions such as standing or walking steadily more challenging.
Probably the biggest tragedy of diabetic neuropathy is how much it takes away from a patient’s quality of life. Difficulty in walking without pain, staying upright to do chores, or manipulating objects with one’s hands can be exhausting both physically and mentally. Sufferers of diabetic neuropathy may find themselves doing less and then spiraling into isolation and depression because of it. They may find themselves having to live in assisted care facilities or even dying earlier than someone with more controlled neuropathy would.
Laser Therapy Study for Peripheral Neuropathy
There is some good news regarding treatments for sufferers of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. A 2019 study published in BMC Geriatrics entitled “Effect of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Treatment on Peripheral Neuropathic Pain In Older Adults With Type II Diabetes: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial” has given evidence of promising results in using deep tissue laser therapy in treating the symptoms of neuropathy.
The clinical trial focused on forty volunteers in a double-blind study who all suffered from diabetic neuropathy. Most had poorly controlled Type II diabetes, had been diagnosed diabetic for an average of 11 years, and mainly were 65 and older.
Half of the volunteers received deep tissue laser therapy applied to their lower backs and the bottoms of their feet, while the other half served as the control group and received a “fake” treatment. Treatments were conducted twice a week for four weeks and then only once a week for eight weeks.
Those that received the actual laser therapy treatment experienced significant improvement in their symptoms with a 50-to-60 percent reduction in pain and a measurable decrease in inflammation. In addition, their overall ability to function was improved, as was their quality of life.
All due to a scientifically applied non-pharmacological treatment with no side effects.
Applying Laser Therapy
Laser therapy was first used for treating neuropathy in Europe and Russia during the 1960s. Because the laser energy is applied at a low intensity, there are no risks for tissue burning or destruction.
And it’s painless. And completely drug-free.
A laser device is held over the area of your body where you feel pain, and low levels of laser energy pass through your skin. Treatments may last about five to 15 minutes and could be repeated two to three times a week for several weeks. The process increases blood flow to the area feeling pain, reduces swelling, and stimulates the repair and regrowth of nerve tissue. There may even be an endorphin release that will help reduce pain.
Laser Therapy At Akridge Chiropractic and Laser Pain Relief
For those who have trouble getting their diabetic neuropathy to respond well to medications, deep tissue laser therapy could be the way to go. At Akridge Chiropractic and Laser Pain Relief, we like to think that we combine the newest and most cutting-edge technologies with good old-fashioned patient care.
Let the care at Akridge Neuropathy Relief Center be the foundation of your treatment plan. Contact us today to learn more.