What Makes PhotoMed Technologies Unique?

By Allan Gardiner, Founder

Most people do not experience chronic pain. Innate self-healing repairs acute damage and life goes on. Their acute pain experience concludes to become a memory in the past.

For others, the pain experience feels fresh after healing has otherwise completed. Because the acute source of pain no longer sends pain signals, the person feels little benefit from pain-masking medications or interventions.

PhotoMed's tools provide a solution to some of medicine's greatest challenges: unresponsive pain and functional impairments.

To put our achievements in a global perspective, we created a solution to "Chronic pain is considered a disease itself" as declared by the National Insitutes of Health (NIH).


Chronic pain is an experience that defies objective communication, like the color red of a ladybug.

Perhaps you, as I, have never experienced significant or chronic pain. How can we conjure our "worst imaginable pain" as most chronic pain patients are asked to do? I do not know.

Here's an experiment that you can do in thought or for real:

  1. Plunge your hand into ice water. Feel the shock, then the cold, then the tingling. Bad, but probably not worst...
  2. Pay attention to the changing sensations from coldness to burning (like holding ice or a blow torch). Bad and perhaps the worst?
  3. Pay close attention to the weird little sensations, then the stiffness. Perhaps the worst has passed.
  4. Pay attention to the numbness and loss of sensation. Ah, not so bad...
  5. Remove your hand and pay attention as sensations come and go. I call this phase "the return-toward-normal function" that occurs when PhotoMed's therapy "works."

Now imagine combinations of different sensations, pain, and impairments "stuck" for the rest of your life!


Here are a few combinations to consider:


PhotoMed's team prefers to record objective measures of functional improvement that can be re-examined to help answer new questions.


The problem we solve

For 100 million Americans, chronic pain feels fresh for a lifetime. Modern medicines reduce the pain for millions. But 40 million endure chronic pain unmanaged by existing technologies.

"Chronic" tells everyone to expect the pain will not leave any time soon.

PhotoMed Technologies introduces the first exit plan for this epidemic.


The people we serve

Graphic illustrating PhotoMed Technologies return-toward-normal function.PhotoMed's team invented methods and tools to solve one of the world’s most challenging problems – how to end unresponsive chronic pain.

Our patient-centered study methods welcome and serve people excluded from traditional studies for lack of expected improvement. They are the people who most urgently need a solution.

Now, pioneers can efficiently prompt the return of innate functions, called normal, that relieves the need for pain. Curiously, only previously unresponsive chronic pain and impairments appear to fully complete the switch to normal. Slow-healing impairments, wounds, and pain may accelerate their return toward normal yet resume because of the ongoing acute disorder.

Cases from my personal files offer but a glimpse of the possible. Each case reveals an outcome not predicted by current textbooks or national-level discussions about pain and impairment. Each case invites a new area of study using PhotoMed's tools.

My family and I founded and funded PhotoMed and its patient-centered studies to help people with no path forward. Growing up, I was surrounded by extended family, friends, and neighbors with chronic pain, diabetes, polio, MS, and other disorders. They taught me important lessons about hope and perseverance that drives us to continue our quest. The planted the seeds that led to PhotoMed.

PhotoMed's team efforts have helped hundreds of people through its clinics andstudies. Now you can join the quest for ending unresponsive chronic pain through donations for creating the Lending Library.


Our tools launch a new era

PhotoMed's team invented methods and tools that enable pioneers to open new areas of study and care, just as did the microscope, X-ray, and MRI…


PhotoMed's study methods consider and examine chronic pain as an interruption rather than a life sentence. PhotoMed's tools prompt and document the beginning of a return-toward-normal function.


The concept of an interruption includes the possibility that pain and associated impairments, usually symptoms, can vanish. The transition, small or astoundingly large, reflects the degree of impairment rather than the method for arriving at the intersection between "chronic" and normal. The response, such as warming, marks the body's resumption of innate functions.

For most people, the return-toward-normal function occurs at the proper time such that a "chronic" state doesn't begin.

Traditional studies that aim to find a dose-response relationship over more than one visit miss the opportunity to watch chronic pain vanish.


Perhaps PhotoMed's therapy provides a signal, or a distraction, needed for normal to get going again.

It is easier to observe an abrupt return-toward-normal function than to measure subtle changes in ongoing pain using imagined numbers.


PhotoMed’s Rapid Discovery System manages and records the steps taken to achieve the the return toward normal functions and resolved or eased pain.


Re-examination of recorded data invites and helps answer new questions.


The questions you can now ask

PhotoMed’s pioneering quest began with only a single clue; light can prompt the body to heal. That was in 2000.  Curiosity compelled our team to invent tools that capture data before the questions could be known.


PhotoMed’s tools let our pioneering team explore the body’s self-repair systems in action. Future pioneer can use our tools to prompt and record the return of innate functions; sensory, motor, thermoregulation, and coordination. We recently integrated a high-resolution camera for recording changes during therapy in previously non-healing wounds.

Our discoveries yielded more questions than answers. What questions would you like to ask?


PhotoMed's empirical data from real-world people reveal possible associations hidden in plain sight. For example, the return-toward-normal function forms a common feature to observe progess.

Pioneers can now examine existing data to find possible associations among multiple sources of chronic pain. The relative time of resolution, for example, suggests association or independence of separate sources of pain.


Below is a map of clinical disorders and underlying impaired functions found to respond during the first or second visit.

Disorders that responded to PhotoMed's therapy during the first or second.


A point to ponder

When is "evidence" of benefit relevant?


PhotoMed's testing led to effective and efficient treatment parameters for prompting the desired return toward normal function. Five pre-programmed setting make the Vari-Chrome™ Pro easy to use.


Launching "open" science for healing data

PhotoMed's team is excited to begin working with the National Foundation for Integrative Medicine. Our mutual aim includes providing wide access to empirical data by researchers. We envision an era of "open" science about myriad non-invasive methods that can prompt healing.

What questions will millions of curious people around the globe ask and possibly answer?



The importance of observation methods and tools

Horse in motion image opened  photography for measuring motion Consider the impact of the first image that showed all feet of a horse at gallop off the ground at the same time. That was in 1878.

Recording the return of normal function lets others examine details of a previously elusive moment.

PhotoMed's inventions, methods, and tools enable pioneers to open new areas of study, just as did the microscope, X-ray, and MRI...



PhotoMed Technologies team seeks visionaries, pioneers, partners, funding, and relationships with organizations and companies that can quickly advance care from demonstration studies to clinics around the globe.

We are working with the National Foundation for Integrative Medicine to begin outfitting pioneers with PhotoMed's methods and tools.

Updated: June 29, 2018



PhotoMed Technologies is a dedicated to finding non-invasive solutions to chronic pain and functional impairments.

Founded and funded as our family mission to help people with no path forward. We appreciate your donations and support.

Allan Gardiner


New Frontiers

PhotoMed's methods and equipment open new areas for pain, biophysics, physiology, neuroscience and other areas of research.

How can PhotoMed's team help you advance your mission?



PhotoMed Technologies envisions a future when collaborating clinics, including those rural and remote, can offer their patients the most current non-invasive solutions developed by passionate practitioners and researchers around the globe.


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