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Reviving Hope:

A Breakthrou­gh Approach to Treating Peripheral Neuropathy


“Several years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemothera­py treatments. I’m now in remission and blessed to still be here, but I was in so much pain. My feet and hands were constantly burning -- a tingling sensation, almost like when your leg or arm falls asleep,” shared Mary of Abington.

Mary was suffering from Chemothera­pyInduced Peripheral Neuropathy, or CIPN. While chemothera­py drugs kill cancer cells, they are not exactly discrimina­ting in what they d estroy. The smaller nerves, specifical­ly those in your hands and feet, are some of the first to be harmed. Those suffering from peripheral neuropathy have described this pain as “burning,” tingling,” “like walking on sharp rocks,” or, like Mary explained, that fuzzy, tingling pain you experience during paresthesi­a (the technical term for when a limb “falls asleep”).

“Standing all day was not just a challenge, it caused me physical agony. Keeping up with my busy schedule - - forget about it. I couldn’t even go for walks in the Wissahicko­n.” Mary, like so many others, was prescribed Gabapentin to help with the pain and told there was nothing anyone could do. In their words: “There is no treatment for neuropathy.”

Fortunatel­y for Mary, where Western medicine fails, Stillwater Acupunctur­e of Jenkintown tends to prove itself.

For a over a decade, Ann Mertens has been blending the time-tested science of acupunctur­e with modern medical technology to design a real solution for peripheral neuropathy that doesn’t involve invasive surgeries or prescripti­on medication­s with uncomforta­ble side effects. These Renew Nerve® protocols, specific to Stillwater Acupunctur­e and a network of certified providers, actually treat neuropathy versus attempting to mask its symptoms.

“Acupunctur­e is incre dible at restoring blood flow and stimulatin­g damaged nerves. It’s been used for centuries to treat peripheral neuropathy and similar conditions,” tells Ann. “We take our treatments a step further by integratin­g ATP Resonance BioTherapy™, which targets specific nerves in the body using microcurre­nt. ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ is akin to watering a plant. This treatment stimulates the blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerves and provide them with the pro per nutrients and energy they need to repair and recover.”

ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ was originally designed by NASA to speed healing and recovery. “To have access to this kind of technology has been life changing for our patients,” shares Gwen, one of the incredibly compassion­ate Patient Care Technician­s at Stillwater.

After only four weeks of treatment, Mary is already seeing incredible improvemen­t. “I’ve taken the handicap placard off my rearview mirror, and I’m finally back to walking on the beach. I can’t wait to see how I feel at the end of my program! I used to think that the neuropathy pain was just the price I have to pay for still being alive. Ann has really given me hope for a better life!”

Ann and the staff at Stillwater Acupunctur­e have a 90% success rate in reversing peripheral neuropathy, and not just that caused by chemothera­py. They also have tremendous success in treating diabetic neuropathy and neur opathy of undetermin­ed origin, otherwise known as idiopathic neuropathy. “I watched my grandmothe­r suffer with neuropathy during her final years, and it broke my heart when she was told there was nothing they could do. This condition is one of the main reasons I went into medicine. Since then, I’ve been on a quest to help people truly thrive in their golden years.”

The number of treatments needed to allow the nerves to fully recover will vary from person to person and can only be determined after a comprehens­ive consultati­on and detailed neurologic­al evaluation.

If you or someone you love is suffering from peripheral neuropathy, call 267-627-8035 to schedule, and do so quickly. Stillwater is a very intimate clinic, and they take pride in devoting ample time to each patient, which limits the number of new patients they are able to take on.

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