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By Allan Gardiner, Founder, PhotoMed Technologies

Lost Range-of-Motion from Arthritis

Many factors contribute to a lost-range-of-motion. Rapid recoveries, like this one, suggest an abnormal synchronization among muscles.

"Arthritis" impairs thumb movement after months of impairment

Helen, a hobby pianist, lost her ability to flex her thumbs and play the right notes.

Like millions of Americans, Helen accepted her lost range-of-motion as a fact of living with arthritis.

Helen was skeptical that the light could help her crooked fingers flex again. But her curiosity led her to try PhotoMed's experimental Therapy. A single visit was sufficient restore significant range-of-motion. She maintained flexibility by regular piano practice for a few months before the benefit was gone. She tried the Therapy again with similar beneficial results.

Volunteers in PhotoMed's studies frequently present with impaired movement as either a primary or secondary problem reported as stiffness through complete immobility. "Frozen" shoulders and other joint frequently respond to PhotoMed's therapy.

Video 1 - Helen shares her delight for being able to lift and bend her thumbs again.(2:10)


Helen shares her surprise and amusement with her improved range-of-motion of her thumbs. People frequently express surprise when a long-standing impairment suddenly seems to vanish. They frequently utter remarks of disbelief or that their friends or family will not believe what had just happened.

The surprise and disbelief suggest that the abrupt responses include an unexpected emotional jolt. Do the responses offer clues about how the pain or impairments are maintained? Are the limitations acquired analogous to a limp? It will be up to pioneers with brain imaging equipment to discover where the jolt occurs in the brain.


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Updated: May 24, 2018



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