Testimonial: Jan – shoulder issues and neck pain

For the past 6 years Jan has been dealing with a lot of shoulder issues and neck pain.
She went to Discovery Health Healing Center and was introduced to Photobiomodulation therapy and over the course of 3 weeks with 2 sessions per week, Jan is now getting the relief that she couldn’t get with previous practitioners.

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Course Testimonial: Karen Parks

Karen Parks, Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist“I enjoyed learning about how I could use the lasers in my practice in order to help my clients with acute and chronic injuries. I enjoyed all of the research on the lasers and I look forward to seeing what else your company is working on for the future. Thanks!”

Karen Parks
Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist
Charlotte NC, USA

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Course Testimonial: Andrei Alamaa

“I liked the training course teacher’s sense of humor. I received all the information I wanted. Thank you!!!”

Andrei Alamaa
Massage Therapist
Tallinn, Estonia

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Emily Richards – Hashimoto’s Thyroidism and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Emily Richards talks about having Hashimoto’s Thyroidism and Rheumatoid Arthritis and how she was desperate to find some pain relief that didn’t require her to continue to depend on pain medication. 

Emily goes to Xscape Pain to use NovoTHOR and now her joints are flexible and the regular sessions keep the pain at bay so she can continue doing physical work. She is no longer getting chronic pain so is able to do a lot more activities.

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Disclaimer: These comments by healthcare professionals and their patients are solely their own. They are uncompensated personal stories about how they have used, or been impacted by, light therapy. These uses have not been reviewed or cleared by FDA.

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Course Testimonial: Umbrine Fatima

Umbrine Fatima, Medical doctor“Thank you for the excellent teaching/training session. I was super impressed by the science and research behind this treatment modality. I have used it very successfully for pain management and treatment of alopecia. I would highly recommend this treatment modality to physicians interested in providing safe pain management to their patients.”

Umbrine Fatima
Medical doctor
Grand Island NY, USA

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Course Testimonial: Silvie Inghels

Silvie Inghels, Therapist“I liked everything about the training. Very well prepared content, top material, top presenter. Very well explained. Time flew. Many thanks!

Looking forward to the next sessions and also curious about all the new developments. Take care!”

Silvie Inghels
Therapist
Lummen, Belgium

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Course Testimonial: Dr Sonia Bordin-Aykroyd

Dr Sonia Bordin-Aykroyd“I love all THOR’s trainings. James is very knowledgeable, didactic and scientific. It’s always a pleasure to listen to him. I am looking forward to hearing how the work on COVID is going.”

Dr Sonia Bordin-Aykroyd
Dentist
Grapevine TX, USA

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Managing Oral Mucositis with PBM

Annette Quinn, RN, MSN | UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This session focuses on the use of photobiomodulation (PBM) in the management of oral mucositis in oncology patients.

Educational Objectives

  • Identify the prevalence of oral mucositis (OM) in the oncology population.
  • Describe the benefits of PBM in the management of OM in this population.
  • Identify barriers to implementing a PBM program in oncology

Read more: https://www.thorlaser.com/oralmucositis/

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Disclaimer: These comments by healthcare professionals and their patients are solely their own. They are uncompensated personal stories about how they have used, or been impacted by, light therapy. These uses have not been reviewed or cleared by FDA.

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ALD PBM Symposium – October 14, 2020 Session

James Carroll, FRSM, CEO | THOR Photomedicine Ltd, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Photobiomodulation for Orofacial Pain

Photobiomodulation (PBM) has many applications in dentistry with clinical trial evidence published for a wide range of painful pathologies, including postoperative pain, aphthous ulcers, orthodontic pain, burning mouth syndrome, postherpetic neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, stomatitis, oral mucositis, dentin hypersensitivity, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and neck pain. PBM can also be used to desensitize teeth and even induce anesthesia.

How does PBM do this, what is the evidence, and how does one treat a patient? What treatment parameters (wavelength, power, beam area, irradiance, pulses, treatment time, energy and fluence) are required for a successful treatment? How much PBM is enough, how much is too much, how many treatments are needed, what intervals are required between treatment? What are the contraindications and treatment reactions, and are there any adverse effects? This presentation will address these issues.

Educational Objectives

  • Relate the potential range of PBM applications.
  • Describe how PBM works.
  • Understand dose as it relates to PBM treatment.
  • Comprehend how to treat various dental conditions with PBM.

Read more: https://www.thorlaser.com/oralmucositis/

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Course Testimonial: Judy Dancause

Judy Dancause, Volunteer Liaison and Administrative Support Specialist“I enjoyed the training course – I waited a long time for it. I liked the flow and the way the breaks were set. Helped me to manage my time since I needed to multitask.”

Judy Dancause
Volunteer Liaison and Administrative Support Specialist
Martintown ON, Canada

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Diabetic foot ulcer case study / Testimonial from Ramsay Chiropractic

Hi Mark,

I just wanted to share with you the treatment I have been giving a lady who had three toes amputated due to diabetes. She had an ulcer that wasn’t healing after 6 months and they wanted to amputate the rest of her toes. She came to me quite desperate.

I first saw her on the 15/8/20 and worked with her 3 times per week and the last couple of weeks 2 times per week. Now once a week and today she came and the hospital have told her the hole is completely gone and she no longer has to have her remaining toes amputated. Amazing!

How amazing is that?

Kind Regards,
Ann Ramsay
Ramsay Chiropractic

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Course Testimonial: Dr Mike Anderson

Dr Mike Anderson“I liked everything about the training. The teaching notes are superb for following at the time but even more so for reference to later, both for the participant and to show to make a point when discussing LASER’s with skeptical colleagues. Access to your library collection is also great for similar reasons! 

I like the way THOR is developing specific transducers / probes etc. for specific problems e.g. the ‘lollipop’ for oral problems etc.; Keep spreading the word, thanks!”

Dr Mike Anderson
Specialist Physician in Occupational Medicine
Persistent (Chronic) Pain Management
Central Otago, New Zealand

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Course Testimonial: Angela McGraw

Angela McGraw, Health Profession“The training course was great!  I liked the science behind it/so many variables, and the growth of THOR how they keep developing new probes for different protocols. Thank you so much! I really enjoyed the presentation. There was so much information!”

Angela McGraw
Health Profession
Delmar De, USA

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Yendi Jackson – seizures and migraines

For several years after the birth of her second child, Yendi Jackson started having seizures on her menstrual cycle. Yendi would have severe migraines and then she would start to seize. Yendi had been on 13 different seizure medications and been in the ICU because of her seizures.

She has been through a lot and needed a better solution. She went to a session that Xscape Pain were offering and decided to try NovoTHOR and wouldn’t be without it now. It’s become part of her routine and she is loving having her energy back.

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Course Testimonial: Tracy Feetham

Tracy Feetham, Holistic Therapist“The online training course was very informative and well presented. I wouldn’t change a thing. It included everything we wanted, including covid.”

Tracy Feetham
Holistic Therapist
Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Course Testimonial: Michael Twyman

Michael Twyman, Physician (Cardiologist)“The 8 hour course with James was excellent. I have an interest in learning more about PBM and how to help my cardiovascular patients. This course explained the basic mechanisms how PBM work via improving energy production from the mitochondria. Case reports and studies were provided. Questions were answered.

Great course and highly recommended to all who want to learn more about PBM.”

Michael Twyman
Physician (Cardiologist)
Saint Louis MO, USA

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Tabitha Barnes

Tabitha Barnes has been going to Xscape Pain for about two months now, twice a week and she wishes she could go everyday! The NovoTHOR Bed has done wonders for Tabitha as she finally gets relief in her previously aching joints, hips and lower back. She has lost weight, gained back her energy, and overall feels more like herself.

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Testimonial: Christie – Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Christie has had temporomandibular joint (TMJ) for 15 years and went to Advantage Therapy Solutions when she was having really bad pain. The treatments have really helped a lot right from the start. After the first session, Christie was feeling relief from the pain and it continued to get better after that. She has not felt this good in a really long time.

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Congressional Briefing Highlight Video

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING. Ending Opioid Use – Washington DC

James Carroll presented evidence to Congress on the effectiveness of PBM for treating pain and where it can be used in place of opioids. Prof. Praveen Arany explained how and why it works, and Annette Quinn RN gave her first hand experience in treating over 854 patients with Oral Mucositis.

Learn more at CongressPBM.com

Watch James Carroll’s Congress speech on ending opioid use with Photobiomodulation

Read James Carroll’s Speech to Congress on citizenoversight.blogspot.com

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James Carroll’s Congress speech on ending opioid use with Photobiomodulation

A hundred million adults in the United States are affected by chronic pain and $600 billion a year is spent on in health care, direct health care costs and lost productivity because of pain.

49,000 people from opioids in 2017, 19,000 of which were from prescribed opioids for pain relief.

We believe that Photobiomodulation therapy can help reduce the prescribing of opioid medication for pain relief and we wish to draw attention to the Congress and health care policymakers, NIH and CMS, about this potentially valuable tool.

Learn more at CongressPBM.com

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Read James Carroll’s Speech to Congress on citizenoversight.blogspot.com

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THOR LLLT presentation at United Nations – Global Health Impact Forum

This 15 minute video starts with an overview of Photobiomodulation and low level light therapy. Later in the presentation James introduces the Lumithera treatment for Dry Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

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More Class IV laser therapy misinformation

More Class IV laser therapy misinformationThe paper “High-intensity versus low-level laser therapy in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial” Kheshie et al 2014 pitches the 3B BTL laser against the HIRO class IV “High intensity” laser. The results appear to show that the HIRO class IV “High intensity laser” was more effective than the “Low Level Laser”. HOWEVER, the HIRO class IV “High intensity” laser was delivered over a large area (not adequately defined but approx 100cm2 by my estimation) so the intensity was actually very low (about 13mW/cm2 which is less than most LED systems), and the 3B BTL “Low Level Laser” was actually very high (4 x 200mW small, high intensity beams) and were held stationary on the patella for over half an hour, YES, HALF AN HOUR IN ONE SPOT! This is insane.

This paper leads people to think that the class IV Hiro laser was more effective because it was higher intensity when in fact the beam distribution meant the average intensity distribution was low (13mW/cm2). The 3B laser was not so effective because it was held stationary such that it would cause an overdose. If the 3B laser treatment had been delivered in using same scanning technique as the class IV then they would likely have achieved the same result. (I am not a fan of scanning because you can never be sure how much energy you have delivered to an area, better to use a low intensity device and hold it still in my view).

This paper misdirects the reader towards favouring class IV lasers rather than 3b or LED by misinforming the reader.

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Class IV laser dose concern. An update from Prof. Jan Bjordal. World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT)

The title of last months PMLS editorial was Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) Dosage Recommendations. Written by the Scientific Secretary Prof. Jan Bjordal. He describes how far we have come and the importance of the WALT dosage recommendations. No abstract is available for editorials so I have prepared one for you below. Continue reading

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Class IV laser treatments take longer than 3B lasers

A paper titled ”The Effectiveness of Therapeutic Class IV (10 W) Laser Treatment for Epicondylitis” [ref] showed that 10 Watt Class IV laser (mixed 8W 970nm, 2W 810) was successful in reducing pain and improving function in an RCT with 15 patients, and that there was good statistical significance at 6 months following a course of 6 treatments.

The claim by class IV laser manufacturers is that class IV lasers are better (faster, deeper and more effective) than Class 3b and LED systems. Conversely the 3B laser and LED manufacturers argue that less power density is more effective because delivering energy too quickly can overdose tissues and class IV lasers might burn the skin.

Throughout this paper there are marketing messages claiming the advantages  of shorter treatment times than low power LLLT systems and of course the title shouts “10 Watt Class IV laser” just in case the reader is in any doubt that more power is what you need.

Regular readers of this column know my obsession with irradiation parameters, particularly dose rate effects (W/cm2) and will not be surprised to learn that I deconstruced the irradiation parameters used in this trial . Surprise, surprise they were the same low irradiance levels typically used by 3B lasers and LED systems, if not less and the treatment time was longer too.

Yes, it was a 10 Watt laser and yes, 3,000 joules was delivered, however it had a  large beam area and treatment was delivered over (45cm2) in a “painting fashion”. The fluence (dose) was 6.6 Joules/cm2 and the power density was a tiny 22mW/cm2, consequently  treatment time was a hefty 5 mins.

The average irradiance was not disclosed in the paper and the reader is directed to think that more power is quicker.

P.S.  research trials with 3B lasers are typically 30 seconds to 3 mins and our recommended treatment is 1 min with a large LED cluster to the lateral epicondyle and 30 seconds for any related trigger points.

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The THOR LLLT Treatment Protocols Library

The Treatment Protocol Library is available only to THOR Customers and/or people who have attended a THOR training course in the last 3 years. All treatments are based on our four step method which includes treatment of the injury, trigger points, lymphatics and nerve roots.

Take a look to see how it works and let us know what you think.

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Course Testimonial: Steve Wells

Photobiomodulation foot treatment“Actually I normally prefer short webinars online but I was surprised at how well this worked. I think the best thing that made it work was the answering of questions as they popped up – it made it feel like you were in the room. Content was excellent and I thought the research was covered well and is vital.”

Steve Wells
Podiatrist
Surrey, UK

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