Simply put, peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves tasked with transporting information to and from the brain and spinal cord do not function properly. The result is pain, loss of sensation, and lack of muscle control.

Damage to the nerves can come from a number of sources: hereditary disorders such as Friedreich's ataxia; exposure to toxins, like those administered during chemotherapy; or as a result of systemic or metabolic disorders, like diabetes.

In addition to managing or treating the underlying condition causing peripheral neuropathy, the goal of treatment is to provide relief from the symptoms. A technique that is seeing success, both in clinical trials and anecdotally among clinicians, in caring for many of these patients is Infared Therapy.