Casting a New Light on Neuropathy
Diabetic ulcers are stubborn sores that affect people whose diabetes has led to neuropathy, the loss of sensation in the body.
This occurs when high levels of blood sugar and insulin damage blood vessels and nerves, and impair blood flow to the extremities. But an alternative treatment can help ease symptoms associated with this often painful complication: infrared light therapy.
Infrared light therapy may seem a little strange at first glance. (How in the world does light promote healing?) The light stimulates the production of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule that dilates the arteries and improves blood flow by as much as 400%
Several studies support infrared light’s benefits for diabetic neuropathy. In addition to restoring sensation and reducing risk of amputation, it has also been shown to improve balance and reduce falls by 96%.
Treatment with infrared light is simple and painless. Four flexible pads, each containing 60 small lights, are affixed over the feet, ankles, or other affected areas. The photon energy that pulses from the lights penetrate beneath the skin and is absorbed by deep tissues. This increases blood flow and improves overall circulation.