The Legs Go first … Or Do They?
There is an axiom in sports that “the legs go first” In life, as in sports, this is often the case.
Let’s look at three diagnostic terms that may be signs that “the legs are going” and the common threads that unite them. The terms are peripheral neuropathy, restless leg syndrome (RLS), and intermittent claudication.
First, consider peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy in the legs is a manifestation of a damaged or dying nerve. Estimates are that more than 20 million Americans suffer from this diagnosis, which exhibits symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling to weakness, pain, and lack of leg co-ordination. People suffering from peripheral neuropathy often describe sensations of having socks on their feet or feeling as though they are walking on glass. These symptoms remain static until nerve damage progresses, then the symptoms progress to a more uncomfortable symptom or symptoms.
Next consider restless leg syndrome, or RLS. Affecting an estimated 1 in 10 Americans, RLS symptoms range from itchy, burning, aching legs to the more common symptom of leg cramping. Symptoms are usually worse at night, causing frequent awakening and resultant sleep deprivation. Sufferers may have to move their legs, dangle them over the side of the bed, or get up and walk to alleviate the sensation, depending upon severity. Hourly awakening is not uncommon. Symptoms can also be noted while sitting and riding, and tend to be (temporarily) alleviated by movement of the legs. Symptoms often become more aggressive or frequent over time.
Intermittent claudication is recognized as the leg manifestation of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which affects an estimated 202 million in the developed world. To simplify, this is leg pain or cramping with movement, usually relieved by stopping the activity or by rest.
Common threads that link these diagnoses are the prevalence of medical literature that uses the word “manage” versus “cure” when discussing these diagnoses. Many treatment options are proffered, including pharmacological, surgical, dietary, smoking cessation, and exercise (graduated ambulation in the case of intermittent claudication), with varying degrees of success given for each.
As a Physical Therapist, my observations strongly suggest that poor circulation is the basic underlying cause for the majority of those suffering from these diagnoses, and that once symptoms manifest, traditional exercise shows limited success in reversing the symptoms. The compromise in circulation makes improving circulation via movement or exercise challenging to varying degrees and in some cases impossible.
What gives me a basis for making this statement?
During the 10 year development of the TREDLR™ and anecdotal case studies using the TREDLR™ to engage the users in Effortless Exercise™ outcomes of those suffering from RLS, peripheral neuropathy and intermittent claudication have been improved as compared to what would have been expected without this remarkable technology:
– relief from RLS has been noted in the majority of users, often after one or two sessions using the TREDLR™;
sufferers of intermittent claudication have reported alleviation of symptoms with as few as 3-5 sessions using the TREDLR™;
neuropathy sufferers have reported improvement in as few as two weeks of using the TREDLR™.
The degree of involvement of the individual affects the outcome. In some cases of neuropathy, sufferers are too advanced to benefit from using our technology. Nonetheless, for those that are able to engage the TREDLR™ in what we brand Effortless Exercise™, outcomes are far better than the usual prognosis. With conventional treatment, until now, the expectation would be that there is no reversing this diagnosis. At Treadwell we know that when Effortless Exercise™ is part of the treatment plan, as soon after the diagnosis has been made as possible, neuropathy symptoms may be significantly reduced. Symptoms may not progress and may be alleviated with continued engagement of Effortless Exercise™.
Why is the common thread of these conditions circulation?
Because that is what our unique patented technology does. It has been shown, anecdotally, in hundreds and hundreds of treatment plans to yield outcomes that would otherwise be expected.
The increase in blood flow with our new and effective methodology has been documented with a Doppler Ultrasound Study. The results of the study have been published in two peer reviewed medical journals. Abstracts from the articles can be found on our website at www.treadwellness.com/published-research/.
Perhaps rather than saying “it’s the legs that go first”, a more accurate saying is“it’s the circulation in the legs that goes first”!