Peripheral Neuropathy: Pain or Tingling in your feet?

Peripheral neuropathy, as defined by Mayo Clinic, is a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causing weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet, but can also affect other areas of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can result from several factors including traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins, but the most common causes is diabetes. Whatever the cause, one mechanical result is that nerves may have adapted by contracting; they have reduced their length and volume to conserve and survive, and the gaps between the nerves were expanded. Normal nerve signals can no longer jump this now enlarged gap.

Your brain and spinal cord are part of your central nervous system.  They transmit signals to the rest of your body which is called your peripheral nervous system. The nerve impulses going to and from your brain, muscles and blood vessels are obstructed with peripheral neuropathy. Your brain begins to ignore the impaired signals and therefore symptoms arise. The peripheral nervous system has a specific function, so symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected.

Peripheral nerves are classified into three areas:

    1. Sensory Nerves: Receive sensation from the skin such as temperature, pain, vibration or touch. Signs and symptoms of the sensory component of peripheral neuropathy may include:
      • Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upward into your legs and arms
      • Sharp, jabbing or burning pain
      • Extreme sensitivity to touch
    1. Motor Nerves: Control how your muscles move. Signs and symptoms of the motor component of peripheral neuropathy may include:
      • Lack of coordination and falling
      • Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
    1. Autonomic Nerves: Control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder. Signs and symptoms from the autonomic nerves not readily attributed to peripheral neuropathy are:
      • Heat intolerance and altered sweating
      • Bowel, bladder or digestive problems
      • Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness

Medications are often provided to treat peripheral neuropathy symptoms.  The problem with medications alone is they to not treat the dysfunction but rather just mask neuropathic pain.  Neuropathic pain is a problem with your nerves, therefore, neuropathy is an electrical problem, and hence in short, it needs an electrical fix. The ReBuilder is an electrical fix.  In effect, the ReBuilder acts like a pacemaker works for your heart’s electrical signals. It sets its output parameters for your physical mass by measuring the electrical analog “signals” and digital impedance of your body.  If the pacemaker does not send exactly the right “signal”, then the four chambers of the heart may not pump in the right order and if the signal is too fast or too slow, the heart stops. So, too, the ReBuilder’s precisely controlled waveform coaxes your nerves to transmit their signals in the proper order. ReBuilder uses a 7.83 Hz frequency to allow time for the nerve cell to re-polarize (or reset) itself between its transmission of nerve signals. This process of re-polarization of abnormal signals directly reduces the nerve pain.

Treatment consists of soaking your hands or feet in a tub of water for 30 min a day, 3-5 x a week, for 15-20 sessions with the ReBuilder applied.  The ReBuilder treatments are covered by insurance and are available to all neuropathy patients except those with specific restricted medical diagnoses.

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