For many patients, Low Level Laser Therapy has been the turning point for healing after everything else has failed.
Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) July 30, 2013
Many neuropathy patients become exasperated with the adverse reactions and side effects of their medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been linked to stomach ulcers, kidney damage, heart attacks, and strokes. Many patients turn to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP looking for non-drug and non-surgical solutions to relieve their debilitating pain.
Three to eight percent of people suffer with neuropathy due to damaged nerves in their feet or hands. Most often this is related to diabetes, but is also seen with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease, hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, shingles, and HIV. It can also be seen with deficiencies of vitamins B1, B12, A and E, and from toxins such as excess alcohol, statin (cholesterol lowering) drugs, and heavy metals. Damage to sensory nerves causes tingling, numbness, burning, electrical pains and extreme sensitivity to touch or pressure, while motor nerve damage can result in muscle weakness, cramps, spasms, and loss of balance and coordination. Understanding the underlying cellular processes and causes of peripheral neuropathy enables the doctor to determine the best treatment(s) for the patient. Rather than just masking the disease with ever stronger pain-killers and antidepressants, the underlying causes can be successfully addressed. Dr. Moellendorf has found benefit in using the following natural alternatives for peripheral neuropathy patients seeking a return to health.
Fresh fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are the first priority in getting oxygen, nutrients, and anti-oxidants to stimulate healing in the damaged nerves. This should be supplemented with vitamins B1 and B12, along with alpha lipoic acid.
The use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has been shown to provide relief, at least temporarily. The research team led by Dong-Mei Jin published their results in using TENS in the paper Effect of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Symptomatic Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. They found some improvement in pain at 4 and 6 weeks of TENS usage, but not at 12 weeks. Publishing Electrotherapy for the Treatment of Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Karin Pieber’s research team found significant pain improvement, up to 38% pain-free, while using TENS. However, the original pain intensity returned within a month of stopping treatment.
Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser) has been a major breakthrough in controlling pain for many neuropathy patients. Cold Laser received FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic pain in 2001, along with treatment clearance for healing wounds in 2011. Dr. Moellendorf notes, "The clinical results we sometimes see from using Cold Lasers with peripheral neuropathy almost seem miraculous. Not only do we see dramatic reductions and even total elimination of chronic pain, we are seeing increased circulation in the extremities. Where the skin had been cold and dark blue or purple, we’re seeing healthy pink, warm, and supple skin. Some patients could not walk because of the agonizing pain of each step, and are now walking with no pain. Patients who have suffered with the problems of peripheral neuropathy for years are often regaining pain-free lives while eliminating their medications. For many patients, Low Level Laser Therapy has been the turning point for healing after everything else has failed."
Abeer Yamany and Hayam Sayed published their results titled: Effect of Low Level Laser Therapy on Neurovascular Function of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Compared to a control group, they found that using Laser Therapy for four weeks increased blood circulation in the feet by 35.8%, along with a 26.4% decrease in pain intensity. While further research needs to be done to understand these results, they believe that Cold Laser stimulates the mitochondria to produce more ATP to supply the energy for healing and increased cellular proliferation, along with increasing cellular oxygen consumption, increasing serotonin and endorphins for pain control, increasing anti-inflammatory activity, and improving blood circulation. Laser Therapy has the ability to heal the underlying causes of peripheral neuropathy, rather than just masking the symptoms.
There is still much to be learned in preventing and treating peripheral neuropathy, but there have been very encouraging results in those patients who have tried the above natural alternatives.
Using the latest research findings, Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. uses a comprehensive package of Chiropractic care, decompression traction therapy, active therapeutic movement training, cold laser therapy, and nutrition for the natural treatment of neurological conditions, neck and back pain, and other health conditions without drugs or surgery. Additional information about Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and other forms of natural health care has been provided by Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. at http://www.all-about-wellness.com.
About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP
Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of Wisconsin—Superior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractic’s most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis “The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors.” This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. In June of 2012, Dr. Moellendorf authored his first book titled Healthcare’s Best Kept Secret which can be ordered on Amazon. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email jgmoellendorf(at)itol(dot)com, his website at http://www.all-about-wellness.com, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.