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What Is Light Therapy?

If you have peripheral neuropathy (or PN), you are probably already aware of how painful the condition can get. Thankfully there are many options – both natural and pharmaceutical - to help reduce pain. But as painful as PN can often be, it can also be the opposite - painless - and as anyone who experiences numbness from PN knows, the absence of feeling can be just as, if not more, dangerous than pain.

Unfortunately, while there are plenty of options for reducing pain, there are far fewer options for restoring feeling. But a little-known treatment called light therapy may be the solution many PN sufferers have been searching for.

What Is Light Therapy?

There are several types of light therapy available for treating PN. Anodyne light therapy, or MIRE, is a common type, as is low-level light therapy (LLLT). Both are treatments used to stimulate the body's metabolism and cellular function, and both forms of light therapy use LEDs (light-emitting diodes) to emit infrared and/or polychromatic lights to dilate the blood vessels and increase bloodflow to the treated areas.
They do this by using different wavelengths of light that promote the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide (not to be confused with the nitrous oxide given at the dentist!) is a naturally occurring gas that is created by the body. When it is released, it relaxes the body's endothelial cells in the lining of the blood vessels, encouraging bloodflow and helping to restore feeling and reduce pain. It also can help repair damaged nerve endings.

How Does Light Therapy Feel?

A common question we get about light therapy is, "Does it hurt?" The answer is no, it doesn't! In fact, it doesn't feel like much of anything at all. Because it uses LED lights, it doesn't even heat up. The only real danger in the treatment is if you look into the light, but this is not likely to occur as you wouldn't be handling the unit yourself.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

Depending on the patient and the area treated, light therapy can last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Most patients will notice an improvement in pain and sensation within a few sessions. Sessions typically occur at least once a week, but the frequency and duration of each session depends on the patient.

Am I a Good Fit for Light Therapy?

You've got peripheral neuropathy and experience pain and numbness in your feet. So, are you a good candidate for light therapy? The truth is, until you are evaluated by a professional, there's no way to know. If you are a current patient, speak with your practitioner about adding light therapy to your protocol. If you have not yet begun treatment at Restore Wellness Center, please schedule a complimentary nerve check today to see if you could benefit from this groundbreaking treatment.

For questions, or to book your free nerve check, please call Dr. Nathan Weller and Restore Wellness Center at 480-751-1629.

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Monday, 20 May 2019

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