Diabetic Neuropathy

This is not a curable condition. We can, however, slow down the progression of the condition if caught in its early stages. An ongoing cycle of treatments with magnetic therapy has proven to be highly successful for those in the early stages of the condition.


Definition: What is it?

Diabetic Neuropathy is a medical condition which affects the nerves of those who have diabetes. The most common nerves affected are those of the arms and legs, and particularly the ends of these limbs, meaning the hands and feet.


Symptoms:

The following symptoms are common ones to any neuropathy whether you are a diabetic or not. It is the causes of the condition which separate it from a normal neuropathy which anyone can develop. We encourage you to see us for a thorough assessment before making a self-diagnosed conclusion that you may have a diabetic neuropathy. We can treat either form but our treatment protocol is different for each. Symptoms are as follows:

  • Pins and needles sensations in the hands or feet
  • Deep ache that worsens as the day passes
  • Extreme sensitivity of the skin, especially with gloves on the hand, and bed sheets on the feet
  • Constant burning sensation on the feet which may worsen at night
  • Profound numbness on the bottom of the foot and/or hand
  • Sensations of hot then cold particularly with your feet
  • Toes becoming crooked and/or bent upwards
  • Sores/calluses developing on the skin of the feet

Causes:

Nerves are one of the most fragile structures in the body. They need a constant and ample supply of blood to bring them oxygen and nutrients or they will not function properly and could eventually even die. The insulin that a type 1 diabetic takes on a regular basis affects the arteries ability to supply blood to the extremities which are why they are the first regions of the body to experience the symptoms of a neuropathy. Secondly, high glucose (sugar) levels in the blood also affect how a nerve functions so may contribute to the symptoms felt. Type 2 diabetics are not at the stage of having to take insulin yet, so may experience only those symptoms common to high glucose levels. Their blood supply to the extremities may still be sufficient for overall nerve health.


What is Really Happening?

Insulin, over time, makes arteries and their smaller branches called arterioles and capillaries lose their elasticity. When the heart contracts, it pushes a certain amount of blood into the aorta, the largest artery in the body. From that point, it is the pure elasticity of the arteries and their smaller branches which propel the blood away from the heart supplying the entire body. The heart does not have the pumping ability to push blood directly to your extremities like a water pump. If the arteries lose some of their elasticity, they will not be capable of moving much blood down the line as they should. Insulin causes the muscles of the arteries walls to become more rigid, thus reducing their ability to move blood down the line.

The furthest distance away from the heart is obviously going to be the first body part to feel the effects of a reduced blood flow. Your feet are the furthest body parts from the heart. A reduction in blood flow means a reduction in the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can be supplied to the region. It also means a reduction in the ability to remove waste products from the region as well. Nerves do not like waste products nor do they like a reduced amount of oxygen and nutrients. Other tissues like muscles, tendon, bones, and ligaments can function with a reduction in blood flow, but nerves can't.


Treatment:

First, a treatment of shockwave therapy will be applied to the region to ensure proper circulation exists by removing any dysfunctional connective tissue obstructions which affect it.

Neuromuscular therapy techniques are then applied to the soft tissue to remove any fibrosis from the region that may also interfere with the circulation of blood flow and waste products.

Magnetic therapy is then administered for one hour to the arms and legs which provide the following:

  • Increase oxygen levels to the nerves and soft tissues in the arms and legs
  • Flushes inflammation and metabolic waste products out of the arms and legs
  • Encourages nerve regeneration

     

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