Peripheral Neuropathy FAQs
What is ‘The Straw Protocol’ treatment process?
The Straw Protocol is a comprehensive 4-step program made up of complimentary therapies and methods of treatment which are specifically aligned based on the unique needs of each patient and what nerve fibers have been affected. All of our treatments are non-invasive, non-surgical, and completely free of any drugs.
Our methods are highly effective because they work simultaneously to naturally decrease pain while aiding in repair and regeneration of the damaged nerves and micro circulation at the core of the problem. This basically creates a process where the body can begin to heal itself just as it was designed to do!
Once the results of an office examination have been reviewed in full, a doctor will review the entire process and design a customized system or therapies that also takes into consideration a treatment schedule that caters to individualized needs and circumstances.
Why hasn’t my regular doctor or neurologist told me about this treatment?
The typical course of action that a majority of doctors focus on is blocking the painful symptoms instead of resolving the underlying problem. Unfortunately, this approach of merely treating a patient’s symptoms with medication or surgery has been the doctrine followed and taught at medical schools for decades.
Futher still, the main source of continuing education on pain management for doctors is typically sponsored and hosted by pharmaceutical companies. In many instances, producers of drugs like Lyrica, Gabapentin, and Neurontin are the instructing doctors how to best treat neuropathy!
Are you the only doctors doing this?
We are the only clinics using Straw Protocol. With over 3,000 patients and counting, the Straw Protocol has had the benefit of 5 years refinement and improvement. There are other practitioners who treat neuropathy, but they do so in addition to treating other conditions. We are further distinguished because our doctors focus exclusively on treating people with neuropathy.
Is the treatment FDA approved?
No, but this is a matter of the terminology. The treatments have been “cleared” by the FDA. The label “FDA Approved” is generally used in relation to drugs, not medical equipment.
What is the cost of the treatment?
The cost of gaining a better quality of life through the treatment of Neuropothy can vary incredibly depending on the severity of a patient’s condition. Our doctors work hard to develop a treatment that encompasses and compliments all characteristics in a patient’s life.
Will my insurance cover this?
Insurance companies tend to classify Straw Protocol treatments as “Complimentary and Alternative Medicine” (CAM). Acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapies are other treatments enveloped in the CAM category. Unfortunately, though a growing percentage of Americans now regularly use CAM therapies, insurance prodivers typically cover little to none of the cost.
Though it doesn’t make sense to most, insurance seems designed to only cover expensive drugs that simply cover up symptoms or extreme situations, such as amputations or wheelchairs, once things have progressed too far. Not much, if any, attention is focused on preventative care or treatments like ours; ones that actually focus on the causal factors of the problem.
We understand that this is a problem and will do everything we can to help. A large percentage of our patients have fixed incomes with concerns of having adequate finances to seek treatment. Our services so affordable that over 900 people are seen in our offices each week. We are all too familiar with going above and beyond to help our patients get their lives back.
How long is the treatment and is there any pain involved?
Our neuropathy treatment process typically involves three 1-hour treatment sessions per week through a duration that ranges anywhere from four to sixteen weeks. This largely varies depending on the complexity of your condition as determined by your doctor.
I’ve been told that once a nerve is dead, it can’t come back, is this true?
Although the statement holds some truth, it is only partially correct. Think of your nervous system as two distinct sections:
your central nervous system (CNS) and your peripheral nerves. The CNS includes your brain and spinal cord. Your peripheral nerves are bundles of nerve fibers, in area such has your hands and feet, that carry information to and from your spinal cord; think telephone lines.
Now, in the event of brain or spinal chord damage, nerve regeneration rarely occurs as the CNS has a very limited capacity to heal. However, peripheral nerves have quite an amazing capacity for regeneration and work in just the same way that a persons finger would were it to be cut off. If the finger is reattached without too much time having passed, the nerves can regrow and the person will have a complete, or nearly complete, recovery in most cases. This concept is similar to how our treatments are able to regenerate these amazing peripheral nerves that have been affected by your neuropathy.
Because Neuropathy is a progressive condition, it does more nerve damage each and every day. So, just as if that person with the severed finger waited too long to go to the hospital, there can come a point where your neuropathy has caused too much damage leaving no further options for us to help you. For these reasons, if you want to prevent any more serious damage to your hands or feet, we always stress the importance of catching this and doing what’s necessary as quickly as possible.
Is there any research behind the technologies you use?
Our therapies involve nerve stimulation, light therapy, and tissue vibration. Thousands of peer reviewed research papers and articles on these technologies are available through various scientific and medical websites world wide. For those seeking a deeper level of understanding on these technologies, we have research data available in our office that is free for viewing.
On this topic however, we’ve found that most folks just want to cut-to- the-chase and ask the real question, ”is this some sort of trial or experimental treatment?” Well, we can firmly answer that our treaments are nothing of the sort. In fact, the equipment we use are FDA cleared and our treatments have provided lasting relief for thousands of people from around the country in just the last few years alone!
Can this help people with Restless Leg Syndrome(RLS)?
In most cases, yes we can. As it turns out, peripheral neuropathy is one of the most overlooked causes of RLS.