People just like you, all over the globe, have discovered that their nerves can be rebuilt and full function restored. It does not matter what the cause of your painful peripheral neuropathy is: idiopathic, diabetic, alcoholic, toxic, or chemotherapy induced. The basic cause is all the same. At some time, portions of your nerves were starved for oxygen. Maybe there was too much sugar in your blood taking up the space for oxygen. Maybe you had some pinching of your nerves somewhere. Maybe you were exposed to a toxin like black mold, anesthesia, or pesticides. Whatever the original cause, your nerves responded with the only survival tool they had: they contracted, they reduced their length and volume to preserve themselves, and the gaps between the nerves (synapse) were stretched. A normal sized nerve signal could have no longer jump this gap. Like the gap on the spark plug in your car or lawn mower, if that gap gets too large, the spark can not jump across. Thus nerve impulses, both those going up to the brain and those coming down from the brain were impaired. Your brain began to ignore the confusing incoming signals resulting in the sensation of numbness and tingling . With sufficient time, these inhibited signals finally let loose causing shooting pains, burning sensations, and the feeling of pins and needles. Finally, you began to lose touch with where your feet were, in time and space, and began to stumble and fall. This process is progressive, and can ever result in decreased mobility, injury, even amputation. A specialized neuromuscular stimulator has the ability to stop the pain, reduce the numbness and tingle , and restore your nerve health and mobility.
Built-in microprocessors measures several physiological functions of your nerves and automatically adjusts itself to your specific therapeutic needs, beginning with the first healing signal.
When the unit is first turned on, it measures the electrical analog resistance and digital impedance and sets its output parameters for your physical mass. It knows if it is treating a 125 lb woman or a 350 lb man. If you use it directly on your lower back, it knows that.
Specialized stimulator then sends out a “test” signal that represents the most common waveform for healthy peripheral nerves. This signal goes from one foot, up the leg, to the nerve roots in your lower back, down the other leg, to the other foot. It then waits for an echo-like response from this initial signal.
It then analyzes this' return “signal to determine any aberrations.
Just as a cardiologist can take one look at the shape of the signal displayed on an EKG monitor, and diagnose what is wrong with the heart, we have been able to identify that the peripheral nerves have a very particular shape to its waveform. Therefore we can diagnose the nature of the problem by analyzing that waveform. This feature is built into the stimulator and processed by its internal microprocessor.
Abnormalities in the shape of the waveform on the way up indicators issues with numbness; the shape of the top of the waveform indicates the ability of the nerve to deliver the signal long enough for the brain to receive it all; abnormalities in the slope slope of the waveform indicates pain, and the shape of the refractory period as the nerve cell repolarize's itself indicates the ability of the nerve pathway to prepare for the next signal.
The device must then create, and send, a compensating waveform, to 'smooth out' these irregularities, very similar to the way noise canceling headphones work.
This process goes on 7.83 times every second, sending a signal, analyzing the returning signal, creating a compensating signal, and sending this new signal. It is constantly analyzing your response, and adjusting itself, to gently coax your nerve's ability to send and receive proper signals.
These impulses are sent 7.83 times per second because that is how long it takes for the nerve cell to re-polarize (or reset) itself between its transmission of nerve signals. Minerals like calcium, sodium, and potassium must pass back and forth through the cell wall of the nerves. Although very similar to a 'common' TENS device, the specialized neuromuscular stimulator signals are vastly more controlled and precise. Commons TENS devices use an unnatural, uncontrolled, simple signal at a much higher frequency, specifically designed to stop the cells ability to repolarize. This is why a common TENS merely blocks the nerve signals. This device is a very specialized form of TENS, which rehabilitates the neuropathy patient.
The signals, (as they cross the synaptic junctions in the nerve roots of the lower back to get from one leg to the other), create a small electromagnetic field that is sensed by the nerves in your central nervous system (spine) and a signal is uploaded to the brain to let it know what is happening in the lumbar area. The brain then releases endorphins, internal pain relievers that travel through the blood stream to all parts of the body. These endorphins temporarily treat pain in other parts of the body and help elevate your mood. These endorphin modulated benefits are palliative, and last for about 4 hours, offerring additional welcome relief from your peripheral neuropathy pain .
This is truly a medical marvel!