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Exercise and Neuropathy (Chad’s Review)

Exercise and Neuropathy (Chad’s Review)

I’m intending to make this blog a review of pertinent research on exercise and neuropathy and making comments with regards to my thoughts and how it affects my current treatment programs for neuropathy. I’ll be updating and adding studies to...

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Chad Reilly December 9, 2016 No Comments

Type 2 Diabetes Curable! But Mosley’s New Book has HUGE Typo

Type 2 Diabetes Curable! But Mosley’s New Book has HUGE Typo

I was over at a buddy’s house when he opened some mail, and in it was Michael Mosley’s new book The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet. I was like, “Oh that’s the 5:2 guy, he’s cool he’s into intermittent fasting.” At...

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Chad Reilly July 24, 2016 5 Comments

Cold Laser, Low Level Laser, Anodyne… Bogus for Neuropathy

Cold Laser, Low Level Laser, Anodyne… Bogus for Neuropathy

Does anodyne light therapy improve peripheral neuropathy in diabetes? A double-blind, sham-controlled, randomized trial to evaluate monochromatic infrared photoenergy. Lavery LA, Murdoch DP, Williams J, Lavery DC. Diabetes Care. 2008 Feb;31(2):316-21. Abstract OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine...

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Chad Reilly August 24, 2015 No Comments

Calorie Restriction Prevents Peripheral Nerve Damage

Calorie Restriction Prevents Peripheral Nerve Damage

Lifelong calorie restriction alleviates age-related oxidative damage in peripheral nerves. Opalach K1, Rangaraju S, Madorsky I, Leeuwenburgh C, Notterpek L. Rejuvenation Res. 2010 Feb;13(1):65-74.  Abstract Aging is associated with protein damage and imbalance in redox status in a variety of cells and...

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Chad Reilly May 8, 2015 No Comments

EMS Effects the Brain as well as Muscles

EMS Effects the Brain as well as Muscles

Functional MRI determination of a dose-response relationship to lower extremity neuromuscular electrical stimulation in healthy subjects. Exp Brain Res. 2003 May;150(1):33-9. Epub 2003 Mar 27. Smith GV1, Alon G, Roys SR, Gullapalli RP. Abstract Although empirical evidence supports the use...

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Chad Reilly December 18, 2014 No Comments

EMS Decreases Pain, Numbness, Burning, and Improves Sleep with Neuropathy

EMS Decreases Pain, Numbness, Burning, and Improves Sleep with Neuropathy

External electric muscle stimulation improves burning sensations and sleeping disturbances in patients with type 2 diabetes and symptomatic neuropathy.  Pain Med. 2009 Mar;10(2):413-9.  Humpert PM, Morcos M, Oikonomou D, Schaefer K, Hamann A, Bierhaus A, Schilling T, Nawroth PP. OBJECTIVE:...

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Chad Reilly June 3, 2014 No Comments

Electric Muscle Stimulation Better than TENS for Neuropathy

Electric Muscle Stimulation Better than TENS for Neuropathy

Effective treatment of symptomatic diabetic polyneuropathy by high-frequency external muscle stimulation. Diabetologia. 2005 May;48(5):824-8.  Reichstein L, Labrenz S, Ziegler D, Martin S. Abstract AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Diabetic distal symmetrical sensory polyneuropathy (DSP) affects 20-30% of diabetic patients. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)...

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Chad Reilly June 3, 2014 No Comments

Electric Stimulation Complementary with Drug Treatment for Neuropathy

Electric Stimulation Complementary with Drug Treatment for Neuropathy

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Effectiveness of electrotherapy and amitriptyline for symptomatic relief. Diabetes Care. 1998 Aug;21(8):1322-5. Kumar D, Alvaro MS, Julka IS, Marshall HJ. From the study: Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of combining electrotherapy with amitriptyline for the management...

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Chad Reilly June 2, 2014 No Comments

Electric Stimulation Decreases/Eliminates Painful Neuropathy

Electric Stimulation Decreases/Eliminates Painful Neuropathy

  Diabetic peripheral neuropathy: amelioration of pain with transcutaneous electrostimulation. Diabetes Care. 1997 Nov;20(11):1702-5. Kumar D, Marshall HJ. Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of transcutaneous electrotherapy for chronic painful peripheral neuropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN...

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Chad Reilly June 2, 2014 No Comments