Peripheral Neuropathy can be a debilitating disease process. With the growing rate of diabetes and the growing rate of the use of chemotherapies to treat cancers, more and more people are developing the burning, tingling and excruciating pain in their feet and/or hands from peripheral neuropathy. In the past, when patients would come into one of our clinics, we really could not help them with their symptoms from peripheral neuropathy. The inability to feel their feet, or the burning pain that they experienced was untreatable through any type of natural treatments. It was typically “managed” through medications that ultimately make you dependent on them… which is not cost effective as you have to pay for them for the rest of your life… and really doesn’t help much from a standpoint of improving function. Walking, balancing and performing every day activities around the house really did not improve. They would typically be in this vicious cycle of the burning pain being so uncomfortable that they just wanted to sit in their recliner or their couch creating further weakness and further disability. This would lead to a decline in health, strength, endurance and could even contribute to helping out at the house.
But recently we have come across some research for a tool that can help improve the blood flow to the feet and improve the ability for those with peripherial neuropathy symptoms to feel their feet. This in turn will lead to a decrease in pain, burning and the overall sensation in the feet to assist in a natural healing approach. This natural healing approach will then lead to improving function and improving overall life.
Previously this treatment was difficult to get into the homes of patients because it was just not cost effective… Coming into the clinic 2-3 times a week was just not cost effective and for long term results it was not doable either. Now that the price has become more cost effective and more studies are coming out supporting this technology, we are getting fantastic success stories of people being able to feel their feet again, or having reduction in the pain in their feet. They have had much greater success in physical therapy and success with returning back and being a productive member to our communities.
So what is this technology and what do the clinical studies say? Well the technology is the <strong>Anodyne Therapy System</strong>. The clinical studies are suggesting that it improves foot pain and improves sensation. This led to improved balance and less frequent falls after treatment. These conclusions were based on 11 published studies that documented results in more than 4,000 patients using the Anodyne system.
These studies showed reductions in impairment in foot sensation in 97% of the patients in the study as well as an average sensory improvement of 65%. A reduction in foot and leg pain in 92% of the patients and pain reduction by 60%. Balance improvements were noted and 90% of patients reported reduced fall risk and actual balance scores improved by 85%. Ongoing use of the Anodyne system provided benefits measured after 12 months of use continued to show improved balance, reduction in falls, decreased pain and improved functional outcome scores for daily activities.
Improvement of Sensory Impairment in Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy. Endocrine Practice.
The authors documented medically important improvements in nerve function in patients who received 10 Anodyne treatments in 2 weeks.
Restoration of Sensation, Reduced Pain and Improved Balance in Subjects with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy; A Randomized Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Study. Diabetes Care.
Increased foot sensations, decreased foot and lg pain and improved balance documented in patients who were exposed to 12 Anodyne treatments delivered over 4 weeks.
Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy and Physical Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy: Influence on Sensation, Balance and Falls. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
The authors reported improved foot sensation, increased balance and fewer falls based on pre and post protocol evaluations. Patients received 12 Anodyne treatments followed by physical therapy.
Reversal of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and New Wound Incidence Role of MIRE. Advances in Skin & Wound Care.
Patients reported improved foot sensation and reduced incidence of diabetic foot wounds after self-treating with Anodyne at home for average of 1 year.
Improved Sensitivity in Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy: Effects of Monochormatic Infrared Photo Energy. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Patients who received Anodyne treatments experienced improvements in foot sensitivity.
Effectiveness of Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy and Physical Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy: Changes in Sensation, Pain and Balance. A Multi-Center Chart Review. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.
After receiving an average of 18 Anodyne treatments, patients showed significant improvements in foot sensation, balance and foot/leg pain.
Reversal of Diabetic peripheral Neuropathy with Photo Therapy Decreases Falls and the Fear of Falling and Improves Activities in Seniors. Age and Ageing.
After an average of 9 months of home use of Anodyne there was a reported reduction in pain, decreased fear of falling and improvements in daily living.
Infrared Photo Energy May Reduce Neuropathic Pain. Practical Pain Management.
The authors reported that patients who received Anodyne obtained decreases in foot and leg pain and reduced reliance on oral pain medications that were being used for neuropathic pain.
According to these articles, the didactic results of the case studies and the success stories that our patients are reporting we have a unique systematic approach to naturally handling your peripheral neuropathy symptoms without medications. By addressing all of these symptoms we noted in our previous blog article on peripheral neuropathy, we have created a comprehensive and natural program that will help to address the causes of your symptoms, get you moving and feeling better and help to get you the results your looking for.