Pain, numbness, tingling or burning can significantly impact your quality of life. These symptoms strike for various reasons, but they often stem from conditions such as neuropathy, radiculopathy or myofascial pain syndrome. Fortunately, it’s possible to manage these health concerns with therapeutic services from NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine.
At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, our experienced staff diagnoses and treats pain with customized plans tailored to your needs. One way we help patients manage conditions like neuropathy is with Micro-Vas Therapy, a popular option for nonsurgical pain relief. Learn more about this common treatment below, whether you’ve got aching ankles or tingling toes.
What Is Micro-Vas Therapy?
Micro-Vas Therapy, also called Micro-Vascular Therapy, is a type of electrical stimulation therapy commonly used to encourage blood flow in the feet. This therapeutic treatment is geared toward patients with chronic pain caused by poor blood circulation. Prior to treatment, many patients have trouble walking or standing for long periods of time because their pain is so intense.
Micro-Vas treatments date back to the late 1980s. This ionic impulse therapy was created by military researchers who wanted to help Navy SEALs combat hypothermia. Trial runs were successful, and now this nonsurgical treatment is available for everything from neuropathy to arthritis.
During Micro-Vas Therapy, gentle electronic impulses make your muscles contract and relax over and over. These cycles encourage blood vessel circulation, which then increases oxygen levels in your body’s tissues. As oxygen levels rise, your body’s natural healing process is stimulated. This helps your body repair nerve and muscle damage.
Patients can use Micro-Vas Therapy for chronic conditions, acute flare-ups and post-surgical recovery. Our team at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine will work with you to determine the right treatment schedule for your needs.
What Should You Expect During a Micro-Vas Therapy Appointment?
When you arrive at one of our New Jersey offices, our friendly staff will perform a thorough exam. This exam may include digital imaging such as X-Rays or an MRI, questions about your symptoms and current treatments and a review of records from previous providers. We do this so we can get a clear picture of your health concerns and make sure that Micro-Vas treatment is the right choice for you.
If we determine Micro-Vas Therapy is a good choice, we’ll have you take a seat near our Micro-Vas machine, which is generally connected to your thigh, calf, ankle and/or foot for each treatment. This is a painless process that involves electrodes (attached via adhesives that look somewhat like bandages) which are themselves connected to leads (cords that send electrical stimulation from the machine to your body).
Once you’re connected and comfortable, the device’s power is increased slowly, stimulating blood flow through the areas that need it most. Each Micro-Vas treatment typically lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, and most patients describe the process as painless. Some patients report a tingling session in their feet, which is normal due to increased blood circulation.
Patients typically visit us a few times a week until symptoms improve, usually experiencing relief right around the fourth treatment session. Of course, results vary from person to person.
Is Micro-Vas Therapy Right for You?
Many patients find that Micro-Vas therapy reduces their pain and helps make everyday activities more enjoyable. We often use Micro-Vas treatments on patients with neuropathy or poor circulation, but these aren’t the only health concerns that benefit from electrical stimulation.
If you have any of the conditions or symptoms below, consider Micro-Vas Therapy:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ulcers on the foot or lower leg
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendonitis
- Myofascial pain
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Foot, ankle or leg pain
Many of these afflictions respond well to Micro-Vas treatment. At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, we will work with you to determine an effective treatment plan for your pain, whether you’ve got minor discomfort or severe aches.
Should Anyone Avoid Micro-Vas Therapy?
Micro-Vas Therapy delivers great results for many of our patients, but unfortunately, it’s not a good fit for everyone.
Be sure to let us know before starting Micro-Vas Therapy if you have any of the following conditions or issues:
- Bleeding or clotting disorders
- Deep vein thrombosis
- A cardiac defibrillator or pacemaker
- Skin cancer, even if you are currently in remission
- Recent recovery from a stroke, heart attack or other major cardiovascular event
What Are Some Signs of Poor Circulation?
Some of our patients are surprised to learn they have circulation issues as the symptoms tend to mimic those of other conditions. We can diagnose you in our office, but we realize you may want to check for symptoms on your own first.
It may be the case that poor circulation is the culprit if:
- Your legs are swollen or tender.
- Your wounds take a long time to heal.
- You have frequent headaches.
- Your feet or hands are always cold.
- You have tingling in your hands or feet.
- You often experience numbness and/or cramping in your feet.
- You have varicose veins.
- You are tired or have trouble concentrating.
- You have a hard time remembering things.
Contact a doctor right away if you notice any of the symptoms above, as these issues often require medical attention. This is true even if the cause is something other than circulatory system dysfunction.
Common causes of poor blood circulation include diabetes, smoking, obesity, radiation exposure and long periods of inactivity. Genetics also play a role. Regardless of the cause of your circulation problems, we at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine can help you alleviate foot pain and other conditions with noninvasive Micro-Vas Therapy.
What Is Neuropathy?
As you research Micro-Vas Therapy, you may notice neuropathy is often mentioned. Neuropathy is a disease or dysfunction of the nerves that commonly affects diabetic patients. In fact, a whopping 50% of people with diabetes will suffer from diabetic neuropathy during their lives.
If you suspect you may have neuropathy, our team can help. Here’s what to expect from the doctors at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine prior to an official diagnosis:
1. A consultation with our team about your medical history, including:
- Lifestyle behaviors
- Drinking/drug habits
- Family history as related to neuropathy
2. A neurological exam that checks the following:
- Tendon reflexes
- Muscle strength and tone
- Your ability to feel certain sensations, such as a gentle tap on the foot
3. A physical exam, which may include:
- Blood tests
- Digital imaging tests
- Nerve functioning tests
- Nerve biopsy
Reach out today if you need a consultation for your neuropathy symptoms. We’ll help you pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan, which may include Micro-Vas treatment.
Learn More about Micro-Vas Therapy
Micro-Vas Therapy can reduce pain, numbness and tingling after just a few sessions. Results vary, but many patients feel better and enjoy improved flexibility or range of motion after Micro-Vas treatments.
Fill out our convenient online contact form today or call our office to learn how Micro-Vas Therapy can help relieve your discomfort. Micro-Vas treatments are performed at our Jackson, Point Pleasant, Barnegat, Manchester, Aberdeen, Tinton Falls and Lincroft offices.