Shine Light On Low Back Pain

Photon Therapy Outperforms Surgery And Opiates With a 94% Success Rate

Shine Light. Healthy Living Magazine

Shine Light. Healthy Living Magazine

More than 25 million Americans suffer chronic, disabling low back pain and approximately 65-80% of the population will be afflicted during their lives. Yet studies show that only about 5% of back surgery patients needed to undergo the scalpel.

“Some patients go through multiple surgeries and are worse off than when they began,” says back surgeon and fellow of the American College of Surgeons Stanley Jacob of the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center. “We have patients who have gone through three operations for removal of discs and back fusion. They have more problems in the way of pain than in the beginning. And consider this: I am a medical doctor and a trained award-winning surgeon; yet, except in rare instances, I am very much against surgery for back problems. You might think it unusual that as a board-certified general surgeon, I would advocate such a nonsurgical approach to health. But it is precisely because I have either performed so many surgeries or have seen post- surgical patients that I know surgery often isn’t the answer— especially in cases of low-back pain. Surgeons perform about half-a-million back operations a year in the United States alone. Yet, some experts estimate that anywhere from 95 -98% of people with back pain do not require surgery.”

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With back pain, the patient suffers muscle spasm, inflammation, scar tissue, diminished blood supply and radiating pain. One would rather be dead than suffer low back pain. It ages us overnight. The drugs prescribed such as cortisone destroy the immune system and weaken the bones. Opiates are addictive and numbing. Even milder pain relievers like Tylenol become toxic to the liver and kidneys when overused or combined with alcohol.

Alternatives include chiropractic, targeted exercise, movement therapeutics, physical therapy, supplements (such as methylsulfonyl methane), bed rest and, now, photon light therapy.

how it works

“Light is a form of energy that behaves like a wave and also as a stream of particles called photons,” says Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PT, PhD, FACSM. “The development of monochromatic light sources with single or a narrow spectra of wavelengths paved the way for studies, which continue to show that appropriate doses and wavelengths of light are therapeutically beneficial in tissue repair and pain control. Evidence indicates that cells absorb photons and transform their energy into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of energy that cells utilize. The resulting ATP is then used to power metabolic processes; synthesize DNA, RNA, proteins, enzymes, and other products needed to repair or regenerate cell components; foster mitosis or cell proliferation; and restore homeostasis.”

light therapy clinical trial

In a clinical trial by Stan Gross, DC, FASA, 223 low back sufferers were selected over a 9 month period. All of the subjects presented with acute lumbar pain.

During participation in the study, all subjects agreed to comply with the guidelines and refrain from any additional therapies or medications during the testing periods.

114 of the subjects were female between the ages of 27 through 55 with an average age of thirty three. 109 of the subjects were male between the ages of 23 and 53 with an average age of 37.

The study was broken down into three separate groups:

• 72 were subjected to standard, conservative chiropractic management for acute low back pain following the Mercy Guidelines for Lumbar Pain Management.

• 74 were subjected to the Lumen Therapeutic Light System using the nIcO Setting for the prescribed period following manufacturers guideline.

• 77 had the Lumen Therapeutic Light unit applied but it was not activated.

Prior to the testing, each subject was asked to complete a McGill Pain Survey offering a subjective report of their symptoms. All subjects submitted a saliva sample which was used to measure systemic levels of cortisol and histamine.

Group 1, having been subjected to conservative chiropractic treatment, reported the following results:57 out of the 72 subjects reported feeling less pain and more freedom of motion with one treatment. While nearly 72% of the subjects reported a marked reduction in pain and an increase in motion, all of the test subjects demonstrated a marked reduction in cortisol and histamine in the post- treatment assessment.

Group Two was subjected to the Lumen Therapeutic Light Therapy only and followed the same protocol as Group One. The following results were recorded: All 74 subjects reported a marked reduction in pain from an average of eight on the index to a three. All of the subjects reported feeling an increase in motion without painful restriction. Of the 74 subjects, 12 reported a total remission of pain and restriction while the remainder felt some residual pain and tenderness in motion following treatment. Cortisol and histamine, pain and inflammation markers also went down.

Group Three did not receive treatment but had the unit applied to the surface of the skin without activation. The following results were recorded: Of the 77 subjects tested, 33 reported a marked reduction in pain and an increase in motion. The average pain index was reduced from an average of eight to an average of six.

Applying the statistical analysis of the McGill Pain Management protocol, Group Two realized an effectual 93.7% reduction in symptoms while Group One totaled 65.2% and Group Three only 19%.

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