We’ve put together a 2-part education series about diabetic neuropathy to help you avoid foot and limb amputations.
In the last article we provided everything you need to know about diabetic neuropathy – what it is, symptoms and so forth. And we also mentioned a very effective peripheral neuropathy treatment.
So in this article we’ll share two remarkable case studies using a neuropathy treatment you may not have heard about, yet: Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) therapy, such as the Dolphin Neurostim.
For real, take a look at the difference from one point to another:
According to Kelly Armstrong, OT, MPSC, Co-Author of Functional Acupuncture for Pain Management, “research proves it works on 80-85% of pain and neuropathies with some patients finding complete relief.”
Even if you don’t have diabetic neuropathy, this treatment, which can be self-applied at home, could be the key to prevention and loss of feet and limbs.
Sound interesting? It really is. So let’s dig in.
Diabetic Neuropathy Case Study #1
In 2012 David Lust, Physical Therapist, performed a study with a 65-year old woman (Linda) suffering from peripheral diabetic neuropathy.
Linda, a diabetic of 21 years, with a range of other health conditions, had already had amputation to one leg and was suffering weakness and tenderness in the right side due to onset of peripheral neuropathy in the remaining limb, frequently describing it as her ‘dead foot.’
Since having her right limb amputated her left foot had rapidly discolored and she started experiencing excruciating pain in her knee and groin. Doctors prescribed no solution, boiling it down to a pulled muscle or sleeping wrong in bed, which is what brought Linda to trying MPS therapy with David Lust.
After just one treatment the knee pain had completely resolved and she stopped her pain medication. After several MPS treatments, Linda had no recurrence of her nightly pain in the groin area.
At first David Lust thought there may be no benefit for the actual foot, since deterioration was quite significant. But they proceeded with treatment anyway. Linda had 3 treatments a week for several months and the results were remarkable. After every treatment her outcomes improved and over time her movement improved, she had increased sensation and the skin color normalized.
After being confined to a wheelchair, she got a prosthesis for the amputated leg and begun walking on the other leg, gaining more and more function over time.
Here is Linda’s video testimonial:
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Diabetic Neuropathy Case Study #2
Another case study presented by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), in a 61 year old obese woman with a 21 year history of type 2 diabetes, insulin dependent 19 years, suffering neuropathy, again shows the results of MPS therapy are quite remarkable.
This patient had severe burning pain in the lower legs, which worsened at night, keeping her awake every two hours. She had been suffering with this pain without any successful treatment for several years.
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is involved in neuropathies, specifically nerve pathways become upregulated to produce the supersensitive reflexes that people experience as a result. Therefore, in treating this woman, the Hocking protocol of MPS therapy was followed. This protocol deregulates the ANS to produce a calming effect so that further treatment can be applied.
The patient was engaged in a total of 7 MPS therapy treatments.
The results of treatment:
- Her knee reflexes were now equal and within normal limits
- There were changes to ankle reflexes, one improving to near normal limits
- Her burning pain decreased from 10/10 to 2/10
- Numbness decreased from 8/10 to 3/10
- Aching and cramping reduced from 7/10 to 2/10
- Compared to her pre-treatment score of 82, post treatment her score was just 25 for pain and discomfort levels. That’s a 57 point score drop, which really is remarkable!
- She could feel 7 out of 9 sites compared to just 3 before treatment.
- And she reported being able to feel more sensations in her foot than ever before – warmth, cold, and textures.
- As a consequence her activity level had dramatically increased and so did her quality of life!
As the APTA report states: “This patient was able to achieve and exceed all of her goals.”
If you’re a diabetic neuropathy sufferer, please consider MPS therapy, such as the Dolphin Neurostim, as an effective peripheral neuropathy treatment. As you can see, the results really are remarkable! You can find an MPS Therapy practitioner using this handy directory.
Pospisil, A. The Quarterly Report: Treatment of Distal Diabetic Symmetrical Polyneuropathy Utilizing Microcurrent Point Stimulation, American Physical Therapy Association. Winter 2011; 46(2):2-8.
Gunn, C.C. Acupuncture and the peripheral nervous system. A radiculopathy
model. Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain. Churchill Livingstone, UK. 2002.