The SR-100 as an Assistive
Device for Neuropathy

The SR-100 as an

Assistive Device for Neuropathy

The nervous system transfers messages from the central nervous system to the rest of the body, and it also receives sensory information. It tells you when your feet feel cold when to use the restroom, and when to contract certain muscles.

Damage to the nervous system due to injury, infection, or genetic conditions results in a wide variety of health issues, which are grouped under the umbrella term of neuropathy.

At least 20 million people in the United States experience some form of neuropathy; however, many people do not recognize the symptoms and therefore do not get tested, so that number is almost certainly higher.

Fortunately, neuropathy has multiple treatment options to address specific symptoms, including assistive devices.

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Accelera’s SR-100, a wearable wrap that uses stochastic resonance technology, is an excellent option for an assistive device for neuropathy for yourself, a loved one, or your patients.
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Symptoms of neuropathy may include:

  • Numbness or tingling (“pins and needles”) in the feet or hands.
  • Poor balance and coordination
  • Sharp or burning pain with no apparent cause. Unexpected pain from generally non-painful tasks, like lying under a blanket.
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch or heat.
  • Muscle weakness
  • Issues with sweating
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness due to drops in blood pressure.

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy occurs when the nervous system has been damaged. The nerves are found outside the brain and spinal cord, and when they are impaired, the nerves can’t accurately send or receive messages.

The nerves are involved in sensory experiences (like temperature, pain, and touch), controlling muscle movement, and regulating bodily functions.

Patients with neuropathy will experience nerve signal disruption, which can result in normal signals not being sent or perceived, incorrect signals being sent, and errors in signal interpretation.

Neuropathy typically manifests as weakness, numbness, or pain, often focused on the extremities (particularly the legs), but it can also affect bodily functions like circulation, digestion, and urination.

As previously mentioned, neuropathy is an umbrella term that reflects multiple conditions associated with nervous system damage, so there is no singular cause for neuropathy.

However, neuropathy can be caused by:

  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Certain autoimmune diseases, including lupus and vasculitis.
  • Viral or bacterial infections like Lyme disease, shingles, and HIV
  • Tumors (malignant or benign) that press on nerves.
  • Bone marrow disorders like lymphoma
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Poison exposure
  • Vitamin B and E deficiencies

How to Treat Neuropathy

Since neuropathy refers to a variety of conditions with different underlying causes, treatment plans will depend on addressing your exact symptoms and what produces them.

To manage pain associated with neuropathy, your doctor may recommend pain relievers, topical treatments, anti-seizure medication, or antidepressants.

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Other treatments include:

  • Assistive devices for neuropathy, like the SR-100
  • Surgery to remove tumors that put pressure on nerves.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin
  • Physical therapy

The SR-100 uses stochastic resonance (SR) technology to boost your body’s natural signals. Since neuropathy involves nerve signal disruption, the SR-100 based on research, can serve as an assistive device for neuropathy.

Stochastic resonance creates white noise to enhance your body’s signal response. By creating randomized frequencies–which manifest in the SR-100 as gentle vibrations–SR engages your proprioceptors and your body’s receptor transmembrane potentials.

The SR vibrations move neurons closer to the threshold, making it easier for the neurons to trigger and send sensory information to the brain.

The SR-100 is a comfortable, easy-to-use wrap that is controlled by a smartphone application.

You can wrap an SR-100 band around your arm or leg to act as an assistive device for neuropathy, and you can wear multiple SR-100 wraps, one on each affected extremity.

Accelera’s  Stochastic Resonance technology has been validated by scientific studies published by the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, the Children’s Hospital at Virginia Commonwealth University, and many more.

In addition to its use as an assistive device for neuropathy, the Stochastic Resonance has also been shown to be beneficial for treating movement in other conditions, including:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Aging-related sensory issues
  • Balance and Gait
To learn more about how you and your patients can benefit from the world’s first wearable SR medical device for neuropathy, contact Accelera today.