Category Archives: Books and Journals
The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free
A well researched and unbiased book/resource by Cindy Perlin for people in chronic pain that are not getting adequate relief from their treatment. The book is evidence-based and examines 14 different categories of treatment (including Photobiomodulation – LLLT).
The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments reviews the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of a wide variety of treatments, and reveals how organized medicine may be keeping you from getting the care you need and deserve.
This comprehensive guide will help you avoid the treatments that don’t work or are likely to cause harm and select the therapies that are most likely to promote healing.
If you are familiar with many of the light therapy arguments today this should make you smile; I stumbled across a book published in 1946 called Electrotherapy and Light Therapy and I quite enjoyed the cautious speculation and many accuracies that we still discuss today.
The book is 694 pages long, the section on light and infrared therapies is 26 pages, here some samples for you.
I have been reading The rise and fall of modern medicine by James Le Fanu, I’m just 30% in and am encouraged by how hard it is to introduce a radically new drug / medical procedure. Why encouraged? because LLLT has been a long time coming and occasionally I wonder if perhaps it will never gain universal clinical acceptance. Le Fanus book reminds us that penicillin, cortisone, open-heart surgery, kidney transplants and hip joint replacements (to name just a few) all took decades of refinement, practice and persuasion to achieve mainstream use just like LLLT
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Guidelines recommend Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for Achilles tendinopathies. The report says “Clinicians should consider the use of low level laser therapy to decrease pain and stiffness in patients with Achilles tendinopathy.” Hooray, it’s only been 20 years since Chukuka Enwemeka first published his tendinopathy research. It is unfortunate that the guidelines neglected to comment on the importance of treatment parameters, they incorrectly describe energy as “intensity” and failed to mention Tumilty’s systematic review which found that 55% of LLLT tendinopathy studies failed due to incorrect power density and / or energy delivered.
You can download the APTA paper here APTA-Achilles-Tendinopathy-Guideline-USA-2010.pdf
Understanding power density and energy is important for effective treatment. To get yourself trained click here https://www.thorlaser.com/courses
A bumper crop of LLLT papers this month in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery