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. PhotoMed’s skeptical team recorded 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.

Practitioners in small clinics used feedback from the imaging system to support their adjustment of therapy by different wavelengths. For example, therapy for cold limbs was only needed long enough to prompt the first observed warming. A neurologist observed a pupillary response at the moment when warming begins. Observed phenomena suggest follow-on studies.

 
 The Rapid Discovery System™ as used to develop PhotoMed’s therapy. This was the first system to prompt and record physiological responses to different wavelengths of light applied to the same person. Output from the PDS 400 Variable Wavelength Generator enabled PhotoMed’s team to associate the responses and outcomes among people and the clinics where the data was collected.

The Rapid Discovery System™ as used to develop PhotoMed’s therapy. This was the first system to prompt and record physiological responses to different wavelengths of light applied to the same person. Output from the PDS 400 Variable Wavelength Generator enabled PhotoMed’s team to associate the responses and outcomes among people and the clinics where the data was collected.

 
 

Physiologic Responses Tell Important Stories

People who experienced profoundly cold fingers and toes demonstrated that their limbs could rapidly return toward normal within a few minutes. Warming responses had been observed, although rarely, for decades using red and IR wavelengths.

Practitioners appreciated PhotoMed’s improved therapeutic efficiency from the ability to adjust and vary wavelengths. Recorded thermal imaging helped to identify which wavelengths might be most productive for a first attempt.

Today, practitioners can use the Rapid Discovery System™ to record and share the responses with their patients. PhotoMed’s tools are available for researchers find out how this exciting response works.

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

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

 
 

Hands warming after 30-years of coldness and discomfort. This was the man's 2nd visit.

 
 
 
 
 

First-ever Recordings

Volunteers with unresponsive pain and impairment contributed the first-ever comparisons of effects of different wavelengths. Practitioners adjusted therapy by different wavelengths until they achieved the response thought to mark the return toward normal function. The comparisons were for practical, rather than scientific, reasons.

Recordings from 18-years of unexpected events reveal possible associations among disorders based upon the innate impairments. Warming responses have been reported for decades as isolated events. Recordings of such events invite and can help answer new questions.

This example illustrates the testing of different wavelengths aimed to prompt warming. The effective wavelength cannot be known in advance because the response is not limited to any single wavelength. Access to all wavelengths increases the likelihood of success. PhotoMed’s team did not recognize the significance of synchronized warming for more than a decade after it was first noticed. Contrary to common notions, synchronized warming suggests that everything is working correctly except the command somewhere deep in the brain. Note that for some people, the experience of painfully persistent coldness is independent of the actual temperatures.

 
 This volunteer’s response demonstrates how adjusting therapy by wavelength can efficiently achieve outcomes that would otherwise occur only rarely. The parallel temperatures reveal exquisite coordination among sensing and temperature control functions.

This volunteer’s response demonstrates how adjusting therapy by wavelength can efficiently achieve outcomes that would otherwise occur only rarely. The parallel temperatures reveal exquisite coordination among sensing and temperature control functions.

Hands warming of woman with persistently cold hands. Her hands demonstrate a constant offset temperature before, during, and after her response. Three different wavelengths were tested at the same location (Tx 1-Tx3). A forth treatment at a different location may not have been necessary.
 
 

Opening New Areas of Study and Care

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

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

The studies welcomed volunteers unexpected to respond to the therapy. Their outcomes led to the discovery that people with unresponsive pain and impairments frequently respond to PhotoMed’s therapy. Responses to any fixed wavelengths are rare for people with the “nothing works” disorders.

Additionally, fixed wavelengths and other therapies have a long history of accelerating responsive disorders. Access to all visible wavelengths increases the likelihood of improvement.

 
 
 
 
 Volunteers with many impairments and disorders provided data and recordings long before the questions could be known. PhotoMed’s recordings open new areas of study and care.

Volunteers with many impairments and disorders provided data and recordings long before the questions could be known. PhotoMed’s recordings open new areas of study and care.

 
 Combinations of a few impaired innate functions form the symptoms for naming clinical disorders. Arranging the disorders by the return of normal functions suggests possible associations overlooked by studies of individual disorders.

Combinations of a few impaired innate functions form the symptoms for naming clinical disorders. Arranging the disorders by the return of normal functions suggests possible associations overlooked by studies of individual disorders.

 
 
 
 

The recordings will return value for foreseeable future as seeds for future research and the fact that the examples originated during development of PhotoMed’s therapy.

The Rapid Discovery System™ provides a modular platform for continuing to collect data using the PDS400 to maintain association with 18-years of field data. PhotoMed’s updated version of the Rapid Discovery System™ tracks the practitioners choices as they make second-by-second adjustments to therapy.

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

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) declare that “chronic pain is considered a disease itself”. Do the following apparently disparate disorders share a common factor that might help identify the “disease”? The responses reveal the appropriate physiological return toward normal function. Should the responses be surprising? (Most people’s pain and impairments return to normal before the “chronic” clock begins.)

How long the benefit persists after therapy ends suggests whether healing had otherwise completed before therapy began.

 
 

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

 

Wounds

  • 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

Thermoregulation

  • 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

 

 

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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.

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