Why focus on restoring function?
A few Impaired sensations and functions, like those while holding your hand in ice water, form the diagnostic criteria for myriad disorders. Most people’s hands quickly return to normal upon removing them from the water.
However, people with pain and impaired functions have their uncomfortable sensations for years. The Vari-Chrome® Pro aims to prompt those function to return toward normal. Two visits are enough to learn whether the therapy works.
Some impairments, such as the loss of sensation or range-of-motion, may not include an “ouch” factor to measure progress. The practitioner observes the impaired functions to guide their adjustment of therapy during each visit.
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For example, the practitioner looks for warming in previoiusly persistent cold hands. (https://www.photomedtech.com/developing-photomeds-therapy//#physiologic)
PhotoMed's therapy is efficient. The functional improvements typically becomes apparent within 60 seconds after an effective treatment. The practitioner can try different wavelengths or locations to find one that "works". Note that subjective measures of pain frequently improve after the visit ends - too late for making treatment adjustments.
The practitioner and patient might consider that the therapy isn't working as hoped if there has been no response or relief by the end of the second visit.
Many patients suffer from multiple locations and types of chronic pain. Each source of pain may have its own impairments. The impairments, and pain, may improve with additional therapy.
Treatment-resistant pain, too?
Anesthesiologists and neurologists aimed to serve their previously treatment-resistant patients in clinical studies as they helped develop PhotoMed's Vari-Chrome® Pro.
Their patient’s pain seemed permanent because previous interventions did not ease their pain. Few study volunteers expected that the non-invasive therapy to work for them. However, many improved.
At first skeptical, PhotoMed’s team built tools that recorded details of the unexpected events in real time. What did they find?
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PhotoMed sponsored studies aimed to discover disorders that might respond to its therapy. The team welcomed people without expectation of improvement. The volunteers presented with pain and impairments from mild to horrible. See a partial list of disorders that responded to the experimental therapy. (https://www.photomedtech.com/developing-photomeds-therapy/#examples)
For reasons yet to be discovered, people whose pain was sufficently "managed" or were already in a slow-healing mode responded without a dramatic return toward normal function.
Real-time recordings reveal the precise moment when the "nothing works" impaired functions began to return toward normal.
Recordings from the Rapid Discovery System™ suggest new areas of study and care.
Pioneering practitioners can now document these events to share with their patients or future scientists.
Patients benefit from sharing real-time imaging for telling their transformational story that offers hope to others.
Can I watch healing resume?
Pain specialists developing PhotoMed’s therapy were initially astounded by the responses to a few photons. They wanted to replay the unexpected events which they could not find described in their textbooks on pain and neuroscience. PhotoMed’s team evolved its Instant Feedback Platform™ to let them observe and record events that puzzled nearly everyone.
Physiologists suggested that the responses and outcomes are entirely normal. After all, they pointed out, most people do not suffer chronic pain or impairments. They suggested that the astounding responses marked the beginning of the “return toward normal function”. They continued, “it’s the delay in pain relief that should be surprising.”
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PhotoMed's team wondered whether the recordings reveal rapid healing or something else. Some examples:
Do non-healing wounds offer clues when fresh material enters the wound during the first two minutes of therapy? The material becomes visible at only some wavelengths. Once restarted, wounds continue to heal using the standard methods. The process may be repeated when healing stalls again.
Thermal imaging reveals warming that is unexpected by the patient after years of coldness pain or discomfort. For some, a second visit is not needed because their hands or feet now respond normally to environmental changes. The resumption of normal functions suggest the return of homeostasis.
Video recordings surrounding the the return of sensation reveal confusion displayed by the patient. Their touch sensations feel strange, like the first time trying on new glasses. They look at and touch their fingers in surprise, then delight. Their return toward normal function took only minutes. Is that healing or something more ordinary?
PhotoMed's team doesn't know what these clues mean. That's for others to discover. We build tools that are now available through PhotoMed's Technology Access Program for pioneerig practitioners.
Why so many wavelengths?
150-years ago, practitioners using red or blue wavelengths debated which was “best”. Both were right, but for different people and their disorders. They found that blue stimulates nerves in the skin while red penetrates the skin to stimulate muscles and deeper tissues.
Today, red and infrared wavelengths remain most popular for relieving musculoskeletal pain, accelerating wound healing, and reducing traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, any fixed wavelength can help only a fraction of those who are waiting for relief. The Vari-Chrome® Pro overcomes this problem.
Light in the orange - green - blue spectrums and all wavelengths in between stimulates light-sensitive features in the skin. Varying the wavelength during therapy increases the likelihood of improving function and achieving pain relief.
The interactions of any wavelength with different tissues remains to be discovered. The practitioner adjusts therapy by selecting different wavelength ranges to find one that works for the patient and their particular disorders. Physiological responses proivde objective measures that support decision making.
The logic in adjusting therapy by selecting different wavelengths is the same as for other medical interventions; but 1000s of times faster.