“Five Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Burning or freezing sensations
- Prickling or tingling sensations
- Shooting/electric sensations/Pain
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the nerves that connect our central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to our extremities have been damaged. This damage is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet causing the nerves to begin to slowly degenerate due to the lack of nutrient flow. Peripheral nerves carry more than just pain messages. Other nerve fibers carry information about temperature, pressure and proprioception (localization of a body part). This is why a neuropathy sufferer may have burning, freezing or throbbing sensations. They often find it difficult to walk, go up and down stairs and maintain their balance. Falling is a serious risk for neuropathy sufferers. Many are miserable because of the chronic symptoms they experience, the loss of sleep and the overall impact on their quality of life. There are numerous causes for peripheral neuropathy ranging from diabetes to statin medication use. Most cases are diagnosed as idiopathic, meaning that the cause is unknown. The following is a list of the more common causes:
What can cause Peripheral Neuropathy?
Diabetes Type 1 or Type 2 Statin Drugs Nerve Entrapment Syndromes Nerve Compression due to Disc Protrusion or Stenosis Chemotherapy Treatment Vascular Compromise Metabolic Syndromes such as Thyroid Imbalances Nutritional Deficiencies like low B12, Folic Acid, or Minerals Heredity/Genetic Abnormalities Auto-immunity due to Food Sensitivities Anemia Impaired Gut or Liver or Kidney Function
NIR increases circulation to nerves and other local tissues. Infrared light is also thought to stimulate the chemical, nitric oxide. Nitric oxide plays an important role in increasing circulation and assisting nerve conduction. The improved circulation of blood and oxygen to the treated area reduces inflammation and increases the rate of recovery of damaged nerves. Red and infrared diodes cause an increase in local circulation. Near Infrared Light Therapy treatment, if begun before 85% of nerve loss, can often assist the blood vessels to grow much like a tree’s roots grow when watered.