How We Got Here


Developing PhotoMed’s Therapy

PhotoMed’s team began developing its then experimental therapy in 2000. Testing in clinics and studies focused on finding who might benefit and how quickly. The studies welcomed people unexpected to improve. Many improved! Skip to examples.

The recorded rapid physiological responses were not predicted in textbooks on pain and neuroscience. Our skeptical team recorded details of events in real-time in the hope of finding an error while improving PhotoMed’s therapy. The team added modules to the evolving Rapid Discovery System™ to capture progress of multiple impairments in the same person.

The System enabled studies to be performed in small clinics by a single practitioner by integrating therapy and imaging.


The recordings of physiological changes and the wavelengths applied to achieve success, or not, provide the first comparisons of effects from different wavelengths in the same person during a single visit. The findings helped distill a galaxy of possible wavelength adjustment selections to the practical few offered in the Vari-Chrome® Pro.

The improved likelihood of prompting a response means that researchers can open new areas of study and care.


Physiologic Responses Tell Important Stories

People who experienced profoundly cold fingers and toes demonstrated that their experience could abruptly end to reveal the return toward normal within a few minutes. Red and IR wavelengths are inefficient for prompting the warming response. Other wavelengths, and the ability to try different wavelengths improved efficiency. Recorded thermal imaging provided temporal information needed to identify which wavelengths are most productive for a first attempt.

Thermal imaging revealed that hands can warm and resume normal comfort after 30-years of coldness discomfort. This case demonstrated that a single treatment could prompt the experience of coldness to release.

PhotoMed’s therapy and research tools are available for researchers find out how this exciting response works.

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PhotoMed’s Tools Record Details Surrounding the Moment When Healing Resumed

PhotoMed’s team invented tools that let them observe and measure responses to each treatment using PhotoMed’s therapy. Our Rapid Discovery System™ platform recorded details in real-time surrounding previously unseen events. The recordings helped us make PhotoMed’s therapy more effective and efficient.


Opening New Areas of Study and Care

18-years of recorded data reveal the return toward normal function for previously unresponsive pain and impairments.

Our recorded data invite and help to answer new questions. Our  Rapid Discovery System can save time and money making the next big discoveries. Contact PhotoMed to discuss your project needs.



Here are some of the impairments that responded to PhotoMed's therapy:


Sensory impairments

  • Loss of sensation in fingers or toes

  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN)

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)

  • Post-surgical pain

  • Post-chemotherapy pain

  • Neuropathy from other causes, such as stroke or spinal cord injury

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Sympathetically mediated (or maintained) pain, especially people who have benefited from a sympathetic nerve block or sympathectomy

  • Post-herpetic pain (shingles)

  • Phantom limb pain


Motor impairments

  • Loss of grip strength and movement

  • Lost range-of-motion

  • Loss of movement after stroke (therapy helps overcome acquired non-use)

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Muscle imbalance, i.e. scoliosis

  • Loss of coordination in gait & swallowing, and choreic movements from Huntington’s disease



  • Restart non-healing wounds at any stage

  • Accelerate slow-healing wounds

  • Diabetic foot ulcers and loss of sensation

  • Venous stasis ulcers, bed sores

  • Improve scars, keloids


  • Abnormally cold or hot hands, with or without pain

  • Thermoregulation, gut, bowel, and bladder function after spinal cord injury

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)

  • Raynaud's syndrome



Please Tell Us Your Story

Please share your story about your experience in a study using PhotoMed’s therapy and any improvements. Your follow-up information helps us understand how our therapy works for different disorders. You are welcome to ask questions through this contact form.