Pain Management

Whilst scouring the web a friend of mine who has some pain issues unrelated to MS stumbled across an interesting bunch of information.

A mother who’s daughter had chronic pain after a automobile accident that shattered her vertebrae leaving her in pain and a 50-50 chance of walking again.

Shelly Henry a chemist-biologist of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma watched her daughter struggle with persistent, debilitating pain, she threw herself into a search for alternatives to high doses of pain medication. Shelly’s tireless pursuit led first to low-level lasers, then to the revolutionary discovery of multi-modal technologies. The result not only helped her daughter — who’s since completely healed and has given birth to her own child — but has proved to be a promising therapy for other pain sufferers as well.

Traditionally such levels of pain are mitigated with combinations of medications, attempts at physical therapies and stimulation such as TENS Units. TENS stands for (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) which are predominately used for nerve related pain conditions (acute and chronic conditions). TENS machines works by sending stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands.  Long term usage of TENS units however can lead to burns and other uncomfortable skin conditions due to the electrode’s attached to the skin.  Effectiveness in TENS varies, some people see exceptional results and some little improvement.

The realization that the therapy that helped her daughter may also offer promise for other pain suffers, led to the development of Neurolumen LLC launched in 2010, and the Neurolumen product itself.

Neurolumen KitApproved by the FDA in 2009, Neurolumen employs three non-invasive therapies simultaneously; transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and light-emitting diode (LED) therapy.

The FDA-approved device is designed to deliver two different types of healing energy to tissues which are damaged through injuries or disease. Neurolumen combines both electrical stimulation and light therapy to the tissues. This combination is more effective than either technique used separately. The device allows for the elimination of pain medication for many patients. Pharmaceuticals can be harmful to the body, especially if taken over lengthy periods.

According to an article in Readers Digest Henry’s daughter Kara has now not used a pain medication in 10 years.

The device uses a system of 6 wraps applied to the body, which are then connected to a control unit that provides up to 30 minutes of therapy utilizing “a sophisticated system to deliver multiple modes of healing energy to affected tissues.”

While TENS has been shown to be effective in the treating a variety of painful conditions, LED and LLT have been somewhat more arguable. However, there is information to support the claims of each technology’s value in fighting pain.

In Neurolumen’s instance, the difference is the simultaneous application of these therapies that makes the difference.

They claim, “This pioneering approach combines the restorative properties of light therapy with the therapeutic benefits of electrical stimulation. The resulting synergy of technologies provides the most effective pain treatment available today. Even just one 30-minute treatment can provide dramatic results.”

Per their website, “The Neurolumen device is designed to improve circulation and help relieve pain and swelling associated with neuropathy, diabetes, vascular disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, chemotherapy and injury.”

 Shelly Henry On The TV Show “The Doctors”:

How It Works

The Neurolumen device consists of a control unit, six wraps and a battery charger. Each wrap contains two laser diodes, four light emitting diodes and one or two nerve stimulation gel pads – the pads are attached to the wraps and then the wraps are applied to the feet, ankles and legs.

The device wraps applied to the body, which are then connected to a control unit that provides up to 30 minutes of therapy utilizing “a sophisticated system to deliver multiple modes of healing energy to affected tissues.”

While TENS has been shown to be effective in the treating a variety of painful conditions, LED and LLT have been somewhat more arguable. However, there is information to support the claims of each technology’s value in fighting pain.

Neurolumen DeviceIn Neurolumen’s instance, the difference is the simultaneous application of these therapies that makes the difference.

They claim, “This pioneering approach combines the restorative properties of light therapy with the therapeutic benefits of electrical stimulation. The resulting synergy of technologies provides the most effective pain treatment available today. Even just one 30-minute treatment can provide dramatic results.”

Per their website, “The Neurolumen device is designed to improve circulation and help relieve pain and swelling associated with neuropathy, diabetes, vascular disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, chemotherapy and injury.”
The unit is simple and safe to use at home

Once the wraps are in place, the control unit provides up to 30 minutes of simultaneous transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and specifically engineered low-level laser (LLLT) and light-emitting diode (LED) therapy. The innovative nature of the technology offers significant improvement over laser-only or stimulation-only devices. It operates on a single charge of the internal lithium-ion battery.

Four intensity controls adjust the strength of the pulse

Recommended use is three 30-minute cycles a week for the first month, and then once a week or as needed after that. Because the Neurolumen device is portable, it goes where you go. It’s easy to set up and use, and maintenance is minimal.

 

Who It Benefits?

The Neurolumen device is designed to improve circulation and help relieve pain and swelling associated with neuropathy, diabetes, vascular disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, chemotherapy and injury.

It’s claimed to be effective for treating virtually every type of pain:

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Cramps
  • Poor circulation
  • Shooting/stabbing/stinging
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Spasms
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling

The Neurolumen should not be used during pregnancy or by patients who have cardiac pacemakers or other implantable electronic devices. It shouldn’t be used on children without adult supervision, and it should never be used on infants.

 

So what does this have to do with Multiple Sclerosis?

Well, many people with MS suffer pain as we know and interestingly enough there is a video of a gentlemen stating that not only has it improved his MS but has also improved his quality of life and mobility.

So, without further adieu:

And somewhat more interesting:

Interesting Huh?

A little research on cost and apparently its in the $1000 range and it does require a prescription to obtain a Neurolumen.

Whilst we do not recommend or not recommend any MS patients give this a whirl especially given its rather high cost there are quite a few videos on you tube about this device and pain management of people who claim their varied diseases and conditions have witnessed considerable benefits.

It’d be interesting however for any of our local neurologists to perhaps look into this form of therapy and thus might be suggested to them.

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