Professor David A. Arnall, chair of physical therapy at East Tennessee University, has lived with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy for 20 years.
Arnall is a self-proclaimed professional skeptic. He believes in evidence-based medicine.
Arnall, the skeptic, will tell anyone who will listen that he believes infrared light therapy for Neuropathy can restore sensation and reduce neuropathic pain like nothing else.
“My neuropathies are gone”
After trying every available therapeutic option (including surgery) with no luck, he discovered infrared light therapy (LLLT), which has succeeded where all other treatments failed.
(You can read about his story and his clinical studies here).
Can low-level laser therapy relieve your Neuropathy symptoms?
Can it stop the numbing, the burning, tingling and excruciating pain – without any side effects?
The answer is yes.
- What is Infrared Light Therapy?
- How Can Infrared Light Therapy Heal Peripheral Neuropathy?
- How to Relieve Neuropathy with Laser Therapy – at Home
- The 2 Best FIR Home Devices for Neuropathy
- Infrared Therapy for Neuropathy Foot Pain – Infrared Socks
- Infrared Therapy for Neuropathy Hand Pain – FIR Gloves
- Who Can Benefit from LLLT for Neuropathy?
- When Can You Expect Results?
What is Infrared Light Therapy?
Infrared rays are nothing new. They’ve been around as long as the sun itself, and you feel the infrared heat every day in the warming rays of sunlight.
Infrared radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation (just like radio wave or x-rays).
Infrared (IR) light is invisible to human eyes, but people you can feel it as heat.
Why does this matter?
In the last few decades, this energy is being harnessed (and concentrated) in a simple technology you can use anytime and anywhere to warm your deep tissues (including your nerves) – to melt away pain and inflammation.
In fact, this simple technology (also known as MIRE therapy – monochromatic infrared light energy) delivers the most effective pain relief available without a prescription.
All you have to do is sit back and relax for a few minutes while it goes to work soothing away your pain, numbing and burning.
How Can Infrared Light Therapy Heal Peripheral Neuropathy?
If you suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy, I’m sure you already know the reason for your awful symptoms:
Nerves that carry messages to and from your brain and spinal cord from and to the rest of your body are damaged or diseased.
Damage to these nerves interrupts communication between the brain and other parts of your body and can impair muscle movement, prevent normal sensation in the arms and legs.
Not to mention – a lot of pain.
Sometimes numbness can be so bad you can stick a needle and it won’t hurt.
Other times it feels like someone’s hitting you with a crowbar, while at the same time passing a blowtorch across the same area.
The best part is:
No matter the cause of your nerve pain (an injury, infection, diabetes, autoimmune disease etc.) – infrared light therapy is proven to help.
Here’s How it Works:
The key to the dramatic relief LLLT brings is nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is a short-lived gas that is crucial to the health of your arteries.
This powerful signaling molecule relaxes them, regulates blood pressure, fights free radicals and prevents platelets from clumping together.
Is Infrared Therapy Scientifically PROVEN to Work for Neuropathy?
In a word, YES.
For example, here’s one (large-scale) astounding study:
In 2006, 2239 people suffering from foot numbness caused by Diabetes were treated with infrared photo energy.
About half of them were also suffering from Neuropathy pain (with a pain level of 7.2 out of 10).
The results of the IR treatment:
Can you imagine their relief?
The study concluded:
“MIRE (Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy) appears to be associated with significant clinical improvement in foot sensation and, simultaneously, a reduction in neuropathic pain in a large cohort of primarily Medicare aged, community-dwelling patients, initially diagnosed with PN. The quality of life associated with these two outcomes cannot be underappreciated”
This is just one of the many studies proving Infrared therapy amazing ability in restoring sensation and relieving nerve pain.
You can see many more studies here.
How to Relieve Neuropathy with Laser Therapy – at Home
Here’s the deal:
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on FIR sessions.
You can use infrared light therapy to relieve and heal your Neuropathy symptoms at home – Whenever you need it.
The price difference comes from the size of the FIR home device (the larger the device, the larger the treatment coverage), the number of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and the device’s quality and durability.
Here are the requirements for your home device:
· Infrared wavelength – 880 – 890nm
· FDA Cleared
· Covers large areas (to cover your legs/arms/hands etc.)
· Has a large amount of LED bulbs, hence more powerful
Here are the 2 easy ways to use infrared light therapy for Neuropathy, at home:
The 2 Best FIR Home Devices for Neuropathy
Through our research, these are the best 2 infrared home devices for Neuropathy:
1. Anodyne Infrared Therapy System
The Anodyne therapy machine (made in the USA) is a true medical grade 890nm infrared home system that was cleared by the FDA in 1994 and is supported by peer-reviewed studies.
(The company is CE marked under the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC for European sales and registered by the FDA for distribution in the USA)
These studies were published in journals such as Diabetes care (proving efficiency for Diabetic Neuropathy) and Practical Pain Management.
· Anodyne was found to penetrate 200 mm into the body, which makes it excellent for nerve pain and other Neuropathy symptoms.
· It can cover large areas in your body (legs, feet, back etc.) and has a hands-free operation so you can either relax during treatments or do anything else you want to do.
· The square patches (see image) size: 2 3/4 inches wide by 4 1/4 inches long.
·After purchasing, you’ll probably receive a phone call directly from Florida (where Anodyne is manufactured), making sure you’ve received it and full usage instructions if you need them.
Price – the Anodyne Infrared Neuropathy home system is expensive, but it’s the only medical grade infrared treatment for home use in the market.
If it can reduce your pain and numbing even by 50% (not to mention save your limbs) – isn’t it well worth the cost?
✅ Anodyne Infrared Light Therapy Best Price
Though it’s expensive, when I check this page I sometimes find good sale prices. If you find it for less than $1000 – it’s a good deal.
2. UTK Infrared Heating Pad
The UTK infrared heating pad will cost you much less than the Anodyne, yet can be just as effective as a Low-Level Laser Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy.
It’s a flexible jade-stones infrared heating pad that you can wrap around any part of your body, and start enjoying the simple things in life again.
The medium size pad is 31 by 21 inches, with 126 pcs premium natural jade stones.
The jade stones emit infrared rays when heated. Plus, the pad releases negative ions that’ll elevate your mood and enhance your treatment.
My research showed that the UTK pad has no EMF radiation.
Infrared Therapy for Neuropathy Foot Pain – Infrared Socks
If your pain is localized only in your feet – FIR socks can be the best solution for you.
Here are 2 great options:
Infrared Therapy for Neuropathy Hand Pain – FIR Gloves
For Hand pain we recommend infrared heated gloves, such as these:
Who Can Benefit from LLLT for Neuropathy?
Infrared light therapy (also known as the cold laser) has been proven effective for nerve pain and sensation-loss, no matter the root cause.
This means that IR energy can help all types and root causes for Neuropathy, including:
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Local Nerve pain
- Facial Nerve Problems
- Nerve pain from Chemotherapy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Lyme disease
- Nerve pain from hypothyroidism
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Non-Diabetic Neuropathy
- Idiopathic Neuropathy
Why Your Doctor Won’t Tell You about Infrared Treatments
Physicians are simply not exposed to the healing effects of light therapy during their training, even though the benefits have been proven in over 1000 clinical studies.
This is a partial explanation why most of them are reluctant to recommend IR therapy.
Cold laser is a novel field that will take time, especially in American medicine where most physicians focus on pharmaceutical treatments.
When Can You Expect Results?
With IR therapy, many people we know feel almost immediate pain relief, which lasts for about 6 hours.
For others, the pain starts to fade away only after a week or two of daily use.
IR therapy does not only mask the pain but speeds up healing. You may be surprised to find that your pain or numbness are completely gone – in long term.
If you have any questions or concerns, let me know in the comments below. I answer every question.
To your health and happiness,
Improved foot sensitivity and pain reduction in patients with peripheral neuropathy after treatment with monochromatic infrared photo energy–MIRE.
The restorative effects of pulsed infrared light therapy on significant loss of peripheral protective sensation in patients with long-term type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Improved sensitivity in patients with peripheral neuropathy: effects of monochromatic infrared photo energy.