In diabetic patients vascular problems occur throughout the body. Patients suffer from vascular injury to the eyes, heart, kidney and to the lower legs and feet themselves. If left unaddressed, poor blood flow to the feet can often lead to the formation of ulcers. In many cases, these wounds are so difficult to heal that amputation is required.
In addition to slow or non-healing wounds and ulcers, poor blood flow to nerves causes loss of sensation and subsequent difficulty in walking and balance. Patients might not be able to pick up a fork and feed themselves because of the loss of feeling in their fingers, or they may be unable to sense an uneven surface while walking, or a hot surface such as a stovetop. Imagine not being able to know whether your foot is on the break or accelerator.
Typical treatments include drugs that do not affect the vascular problems but tend to inhibit the painful symptoms. Other approaches involve nutritional supplements that increase blood flow. If the symptoms in the legs and feet become very severe, surgery on the blood vessels in the legs is often suggested.
HealthLight's light emitting diodes (LED's) are a part of medical devices that emit near infrared (IR) light or light of various colours. IR light has been documented to dilate blood vessels at the site of treatment. Scientific evidence shows that IR light triggers the release of nitric oxide from blood vessels and from red blood cells at the site of treatment. Nitric oxide causes local vasodilation that lasts 2-4 hours locally, and up to 72 hours systemically after a treatment. Vasodilation improves blood flow and is useful in diabetic patients who suffer from the symptoms caused by poor blood flow.
Improving blood flow lessens what is known as 'ischemic' pain and helps nerves to begin to carry sensations again. Sensory loss due to poor blood flow is a symptom of Peripheral Neuropathy.
The protocol to reduce or eliminate the symptoms caused by diabetes is typically a minimum of 3 sessions per week for 8-12 weeks, at which time it is recommended that you be re-evaluated by your Doctor. If possible, treatments given more frequently, 4-5 times per week often improves symptoms more quickly and positive outcomes are seen in less time. However, everyone heals differently, no two people are the same. There are many factors to consider such as length of time symptoms have persisted, diet, overall health, age, levels of toxicity in their body, etc. Medical practitioners frequently have several tools at their disposal, allowing some patients, that may otherwise be unresponsive, to benefit from a combination of therapies.