According to the American Diabetes Association, about 26 million Americans are living with diabetes today. And with diabetes comes a whole new set of complications that patients must seriously think about when being proactive about their health. One such complication is Diabetic Neuropathy. According to the Center for Disease control it affects 60 to 70 percent of the patients diagnosed with this disease.
What is Neuropathy?
So what does Diabetic Neuropathy mean? Neuropathy is the result of damaged nerves in the peripheral nervous system (i.e. the nerves outside the brain and spinal column) which can lead to the narrowing of the arteries and subsequent poor blood circulation. The most common cause of neuropathy is diabetes, but it can also be caused by infection, metabolic disorders, exposure to dangerous toxins and traumatic injuries. The condition causes chronic pain, burning or a tingling numbness, often in the hands or feet, and it can also affect muscle movement as well as blood vessels, bladder, intestines and heart.
Beyond discomfort and pain, neuropathy also poses a danger to sensitive diabetic feet. Damage to nerves means that the body loses the ability to regulate blood pressure, which results in poor blood circulation to extremities. Poor blood circulation can also lead to swelling and dryness of the foot—making the foot more injury prone. At the same time, the lower blood flow reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrition supplied to the skin and surrounding tissue. Feet become more injury prone and yet have difficulty healing... a dangerous situation that can lead to serious ulcers and infections.
How Can You Treat Neuropathy?
For diabetics, its crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you're experiencing neuropathy. Cutting down on drinking alcohol, quitting smoking, exercising, and watching your blood sugar levels will all help you prevent further nerve damage. But what about nerves that are already damaged? Science has long known the advantage of the application of heat for treating a wide array of ailments and injuries. The physiological benefits include increasing the diameter of the arteries in the body to increase blood flow which in itself has a therapeutic effect. One of these products is the Aqua Relief System.
How can the Aqua Relief System Help?
The Aqua Relief System is one of the most popular systems for treating achy feed and hands, the primary symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and poor circulation. The following is a quick overview of how this high quality hot and cold therapy system works and it's primary features.
The Aqua Relief System is an all-natural, proven effective way to treat the pain and symptoms of neuropathy. The system can be used for both heat and cold therapy, depending on the user’s particular needs. The system pumps heated or chilled water through patented therapy pads that are applied to the affected area. The result is improved circulation, improved cellular function, and decreased pain in neuropathy situations.
The Aqua Relief System can also be applied to non-neuropathy injuries. Heat can be used to relax muscles and decrease stiffness in tendons and ligaments. Likewise, cold therapy is effective on immediate injuries as it can reduce swelling and can be useful in some chronic pain conditions. The system is most often applied to hands and feet, but can also be comfortably fit around the knees, shoulders, and ankles.
Aqua Relief System Features:
- All-in-one heat and cold therapy system
- Easy to use and store at home
- Water is circulated all around the affected area, providing optimal 360°treatment
- Provides added compression, which helps reduce pain and inflammation
- 32° F to 120° F
- Safety timer
- Can be used on the hands and feet (and all other body parts)
- Covered by Medicare and Medicare Approved
Have any questions about our hot or cold therapy systems? Please contact MMAR Medical at 1-800-662-7633 to speak to a heat and cold therapy expert today. Also check out our wide supply of quality diabetic shoes and compression therapy sock and stockings, essential products for proper diabetic foot care.
Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a supplier of orthopedic medical products including a wide selection of braces and supports. To find a quality hinged knee brace, lumbar 1brace or other quality brace, please visit http://www.mmarmedical.com/