Could normal sensation resume just by looking? After 75 years?
By Allan Gardiner (Formatted for computer screens.)
Warning, you might find that these examples challenge your notions about "chronic", neuroplasticity, mirror-neuron synesthesia, cognition, the "placebo" effect, and phenomena that we haven't heard about (we're engineers, not doctors or scientists).
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"Brenda" and "George" recovered their lost sensation during exposure to variable wavelength photons. Click here.
The following examples demonstrate techniques developed by Allan Gardiner for study volunteers whose pain or impairments didn't respond as expected to the photonic therapy. The methods appear to prompt the return to normal functioning of sensory maps. The methods appear to be most useful for helping the body to conclude an experience surrounding scars and trauma to the skin.
Could cross-sensory corrections be surprising only because of the time stuck in an abnormal state?
"Lois" participated in one study for several years. She arrived with back pain that vanished during her second visit.
Lois had had her aches and pain relieved many times by the test therapy on its way to becoming the Vari-Chrome Pro. As an active 78-year old, she experienced chronic pain that resolved at different times. The Instant Verification System recorded the events in real time.
Lois enjoyed being a test subject. Her body-awareness was exceptional. She could describe "layers" of pain that resolved while other layers remained.
She reported pain in her left hand from using a grabber to pick up litter on the high school track where she walked almost daily. Lois consistently noted only partial relief in her left hand from the photonic therapy. She consistently remarked that the relief in her left hand was incomplete compared with relief at other sites of activity-induced aches and pains.
One day Lois noticed that she “felt” like her hand was being touched when she watched the technician touch his hand. But the locations didn’t match.
The experiment began like a game. Lois watched and touched where she felt the “phantom” touch. The game was interesting for both until… (@ 2:35 in the 5:33 clip)
Lois reacted at the moment when her “felt” touch location appeared to overlap what she observed. Then her ability to “feel” the evoked touch aligned with where she observed a touch or felt nothing. The peculiar problem didn't come back.
Other volunteers had experienced similar cross-sensory corrections. With growing data, the miss-match correction appears to be most prevalent with post-surgical pain associated with a scar. The "layers" of pain could resolve in either order of PhotoMed's therapy or the vision exercise.
Could a mixed-up sensory map persist for 75 years?
Lois experienced PTSD-like flashbacks when she touched a scar on her right knee. She described that the scar was caused by the metal pedal on her tricycle when she was 3 years old (75 years before). She described her feelings about her “mean older brother” as part of the recurring experience.
The real-time recording (7:01) includes some of Lois’s narratives (@ 4:20). Video shows enough of the methods that researchers may reproduce similar quick events. This recording of is uncut. You'll have to watch to see why the experiment needed to be repeated.
Events captured by the Instant Verification System suggest that future researcher might save time and $$ exploring the underlying phenomena.
Could a cross-sensory correction end phantom pain ?
"Debbie" had a double-mastectomy with reconstructed skin and tattooed nipples. She was attending sessions at a pain clinic to learn how to live with her pain and sick feelings when she saw herself in a mirror. During one session, she learned that she had "phantom" pain.
She was excited to know that her pain had a name but disappointed that there wasn't a cure.
Debbie was referred to a PhotoMed study that had an opening in another room in the clinic. The technician was embarrassed and Debbie laughed when she asked him where he might direct the photonic therapy.
He went to get a pen from his shirt pocket. Debbie recoiled and grabbed her chest in surprise. She enrolled in the development study and provided her narrative.
However, before testing the photonic therapy it was time to test the methods that had helped Lois with her PTSD-like experience in her knee.
Next, the video camera rolled while "testing" her unexpected sensations. In less than a minute, she achieved relief from the weird sensations at her left tattooed "nipple". Another one-minute of testing shooed away the phantoms on her other breast. No photonic therapy was needed during that visit.
Debbie returned to the study for other "ordinary" aches and pains. The phantoms never returned. However, she appreciated the relief prompted by watching someone else scratch "her" itch on their body.
Videos in this case are not to be made public. Viewing may be via zoom without being recorded.