Neuropathy is a term you may not encounter until it directly affects you or someone close to you. According to the Mayo Clinic, neuropathy is the result of damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves). It causes weakness, numbness, or intense pain, most often in the extremities. The Cleveland Clinic reports that 25% to 30% of Americans will be affected by neuropathy. People from all age groups can experience it, but the risk increases with age. While it is sometimes treated with medications, drug-free home remedies like infrared light therapy can help ease the symptoms of neuropathy, as well. Learn how infrared light therapy can help relieve neuropathy-related pain and which home light therapy devices are available.
Causes and Types of Neuropathy
Neuropathy is often associated with ancillary health issues. Diabetes is one of the most common causes in the United States, but infections and injuries are known causes as well. Alcoholism, certain medications, and vitamin deficiencies can also cause neuropathy.
Neuropathy patients experience pain in their daily activities. Even simple things like walking or trying to grab an object can trigger pain in different parts of their bodies. The pain is described by some patients as a stabbing, burning, or tingling sensation.
Other symptoms neuropathy patients have to deal with include:
- Sensitivity to touch
- Muscle weakness
- Poor coordination
- Paralysis (depending on the type of neuropathy)
Because it causes such disruption to everyday activities, neuropathy is a condition patients are often eager to find an easy-to-use home device for that can address their pain without side effects. Light therapy fills that need.
How Does Infrared Light Therapy Work?
Light therapy, or LED therapy, uses LED lights in certain wavelengths (colors) to treat particular issues with the body. It is most known for its benefits treating acne, and signs of aging, but did you know it can also help with pain?
Light in the infrared and red range of the spectrum penetrates deeply to reach muscles and nerves. As the cells absorb energy from the light, they become more active, and blood flow increases. These two actions support cellular regrowth and regeneration, reduce inflammation, and repair wounds or injuries. The result is less pain.
How Infrared Light Therapy Helps with Neuropathic Pain
With neuropathy, the myelin sheath, the protective layer around the nerves, dies without adequate blood supply. Light therapy increases blood flow, which provides temporary relief and reduces pain by providing the nerve with the much-needed oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy. With diabetic neuropathy, it encourages blood flow to extremities where it is most needed.
Patients relying on light therapy as a noninvasive alternative have reported relief after using a light therapy device. Dr. Shawn Richey, from the Neuropathy Treatment Centers of Pittsburgh, used light therapy with more than 5,000 patients, and about 70% of his patients experienced some pain relief and improved function.
Address Neuropathic Pain at Home with dpl® Infrared Light Therapy Devices
Neuropathy sufferers can use light therapy from the comfort of home. dpl® has a variety of FDA-cleared pain relief devices you can use while binge-watching your favorite series, reading a book, or as part of your self-care routine.
Finding the perfect pain relief light therapy device to reduce the pain caused by neuropathy can be a little overwhelming if you’re new to the light therapy world. Here are a few of our products we recommend:
- dpl® Flex Pad—Pain Relief Light Therapy: If you’re looking for relief of muscle and joint aches, just about anywhere on the body, this device can help by increasing local blood circulation.
- dpl® Slipper—Foot Pain Light Therapy: Our LED slippers are designed to ease nerve or joint pain in the feet while you’re relaxing at your house. They are also great for traveling.
- dpl® Flex Mitt—Hand Pain Relief Light Therapy: Try it if you are looking for a product that provides relief from pain in your hands — whether from neuropathy, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or general aches.
If you are a neuropathy patient—or you have a loved one suffering from this condition—don’t wait any longer to try an infrared light therapy device. This is a safe, medication-free way to manage pain with the potential to change your lifestyle.