I was introduced to the light therapy program as I was interviewing its new proprietor just weeks ago. I had an interest in this therapy, as my husband was a dentist and light therapy has been used in dentistry very successfully and we had not heard of it for pain management. The new NovoThor light bed is new but the technology stems back to the late 80’s. After attending a seminar with its inventor I was convinced this therapy would help my husbands sciatica and neck pain from years of dentistry and I was also intrigued about weight loss benefits as well.
After 4 treatments (about 11 minutes in the bed) each time, my husband has seen a notable improvement in his discomfort at work and while he sleeps and on waking in the morning.
Up until yesterday was not a person that had any pain whatsoever… then came a 64 mile bike festival. I had done long distance biking working up to this distance and as recently as 2 weeks ago had a personal best of 58 miles. Yesterday with the wind and whatever circumstances around the 30 mile mark I began to have hip / groin pain in my left leg. Being stubborn, I slowed the pace and kept going until the 53 mile mark when I told my husband I was done and had the SAG team drive me home. I could barely climb into the truck. Walking was getting difficult. Stairs impossible.
Knowing my now good friend Valerie had asked me to report on my bike festival and how we did I texted her to share what was happening. Pain level for me was 15 on a 1 - 10 scale. She immediately told me to meet her at 6pm at the center on a Saturday evening after hours as the faster you get light to an injury the faster the results. I could barely walk to the car and into the building without help. My husband discovered if I walked backwards dragging my feet I could move more safely. I could not get out of the light bed after my 15 minute session without the help of my husband.
There were no immediate effects that evening and I put in the longest night of my life unable to turn side to side and excruciating hip (groin) pain lying on my back. At some time around 6 am I must have fallen asleep.
When I awoke around 8:30 my pain level was now 11. I more easily got out of bed. Struggled in the bathroom to sit and stand. Stairs were still a major challenge but not as much pain as last evening.
Valerie insisted on meeting me Sunday at 2 for another 15 minute session where I walked in on my own, not walking backwards, got dressed and undressed without help and in and out of the light bed. God new I was going to have this challenge which is why I truly believe he brought PBM therapy into my life and now I will share this knowledge to help others.
November 16th, 2016 (Monday) I awoke this morning with almost no pain and a good night sleep. I had scheduled a light therapy appointment for this evening and reported my pain level at 3 out of 10.
November 18th (Wednesday) I rode my bike 8 miles today with only slight discomfort in the area of injury. I truly am amazed that I have almost no pain after my evening session of light therapy tonight. I left tonights therapy session (15 minutes) I can just barely tell that I have had an injury - pain level 1 out of 10. I think having therapy in this acute situation immediately on the same day as the injury helped to improve the rate at which I recovered.
I highly recommend that people need to seek this therapy for chronic and acute pain. Expect to receive benefits. She promised I would be walking by Friday … I was doing that on Monday. Amazing..... Debbie E.