In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, is diagnosed with diabetes (American Diabetes Association: Statistics About Diabetes). Diabetes can harm your nerves. That damage, called neuropathy, may be painful. You may hear your doctor mention the four types of diabetes-related neuropathy: peripheral, autonomic, proximal, and focal. The most common form of neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a serious and common complication of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It’s a type of nerve damage caused by uncontrolled high blood sugar levels. Peripheral neuropathy usually affects the feet and legs. Rare cases affect the arms, abdomen, and back. The combination of neuropathy and poor blood circulation makes it more difficult for wounds to heal. This leads to greater risk of complications from foot injuries. In extreme cases, infection can lead to amputation.
Can Compression Therapy Help Peripheral Neuropathy?
Yes, compression therapy most definitely benefits people with peripheral neuropathy in diabetics. It is considered a welcomed adjunct to other treatment options, including surgery, medications, specialized dressings and compression stockings/bandaging. Compression therapy will increase steady circulation of fluids, preventing backflow of fluids into your feet.
What is Compression Therapy?
NormaTec compression technology is also called pneumatic medicine. Created by a physician bioengineer (MD, PhD) to enhance blood flow and speed recovery through the patented Sequential Pulse pneumatic waveform patterns. It combines three distinctive massage techniques to treat soft tissue injury and speed the body’s normal recovery process: pulsing compression, gradients, and distal release.
Any Studies or Research Articles to Support Compression Therapy?
Below you will find several articles that support compression therapy specific to diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
The Effect of Pneumatic Compression in Adults with Chronic Limb Edema (University of Kansas Medical Center 2008)
NormaTec’s technology is indicated for a multitude of circulatory conditions, including lymphedema, non-healing wounds and venous insufficiency. Find case studies, notable research, and industry papers on the benefits of pneumatic compression therapy and specific patient outcomes with NormaTec’s technology.