by David Rindge

Pain is the chief reason people visit doctors.   It stands to reason that anyone treating pain (or being treated for it!) would like to know what works best.  … And there shouldn’t be any doubt about it, should there?

Yet that is not yet the case.  There is enormous confusion both in the medical community and on the part of the public as to what genuinely works best.  Therapies which stimulate healing of the underlying tissue trauma causing pain deserve to be on the front line and should be the first methods applied, not the last.

Laser and PEMF can reach and heal deep pain at its source.

Laser and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy are ideal Neural Targets of the Head and Necktreatments for pain because:

  1.  They stimulate cellular and tissue healing.
  2.  Most sources of pain as well as the nerves critical for its perception are well within reach of their tissue healing, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
  3.  Efficacy, affordability and track record for safety.

Laser therapy can penetrate five centimeters to effectively reach the source of almost any pain in soft tissue, vertebrae and joints. Besides its properties to stimulate tissue regeneration, laser therapy can also block neural transmission by C fibers (dull, difficult to locate pain) and A delta fibers (sharp, easy to pinpoint pain).  Laser therapy may provide immediate relief even for many individuals whose pain has seemed unremitting and intractable.

Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) which pass though tissue as if it were transparent can penetrate the whole body, inducing electrical currents and stimulating healing anywhere they are applied.  PEMF has been shown to reduce inflammation and stimulate tissue repair in a broad range of conditions with beneficial effects documented at cellular, tissue, system and whole body levels.  An added advantage is that treatment can be unattended so highly cost-effective for patients.  Combined treatment with laser and PEMF may give better results than either method on its own.  Even chronic pain which has not responded to other methods may be rapidly alleviated by laser and PEMF.

The Nature of Pain

Pain is information.   If you are experiencing it, there is always a reason.  It is wise to honor an inner voice telling us to avoid movement which is painful.  Much current practice for “managing” pain, if it involves aggressively stretching and manipulating tendons, ligaments and tissues already pushed beyond their limits, goes against what our bodies are telling us.   Dismissing the failure of this approach as the fault of the patient or an inherent problem within the brain or central nervous system may be no more than a poor excuse for inappropriate treatment.

Soft tissue takes time and rest to heal.    Would anyone treat a broken ankle by forcefully bending and twisting it?  Actively resting + energy-based methods are a sound approach to support the healing of soft tissue injuries, arthritis and pain in general.

Laser Therapy Research

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Research

Chronic pain and disability can be prevented.

Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability.  When acute pain is not correctly treated, it frequently becomes chronic. If appropriate laser and pulsed electromagnetic field therapies were to be administered at the outset of injury, much disability, chronic pain and the high medical costs and suffering associated with them can be avoided.

Lasers and PEMF have been shown to improve and even to reverse many chronic inflammatory conditions. Even better, they have demonstrated much greater safety than current standard practice. We have been spending three out of four of every health care dollars in the US to “manage” chronic inflammatory conditions.   Why “manage” pain when you can heal it? [1] Laser and other forms photomedicine and PEMF promise better clinical outcomes in pain and many other inflammatory conditions and a healthier, happier, far more cost-effective future for all of us.

[1] $2.6 trillion  was spent on health care in the U.S. in 2010 and approximately $1.95 trillion to “manage” chronic inflammatory conditions.

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