FAQ - curious questions that may now be answered
Wellness depends upon myriad bodily systems communicating and working in harmony. One challenge to studying wellness is how to objectively measure impaired functioning and its resolution.
For clarity, the therapeutic goal is to return the body to wellness that may be confirmed by ending the need for continuing therapy. This model follows the purposes of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
We use the terms:
"therapy" to mean a non-invasive energy-based method for prompting the body to resume its normal functioning that may need occasional additional reinforcement. (Normal isn't a permanent state.)
"managed, managing, and treatment" to mean an invasive intervention that masks the pain experience and its presence is required to maintain benefit
"unmanageable, treatment-resistant, and nothing works" to mean that the person had tested invasive interventions without lasting benefit.
The body heals itself; the therapy prompts a restart
PhotoMed's real-time recording systems open the gate to a new era in medical imaging, research, and patient care. For the first time, recordings of the resolution of previously "unmanageable" impairments document the value of non-invasive therapies. The recordings offer insights and topics for research.
Which specialties already use during-visit testing or imaging?
Surgery, anesthesiology, and physical therapy exemplify specialties that make during-visit decisions based upon observations.
These specialties often serve patients who tried, but did not benefit, from previous interventions.
PhotoMed's medical advisors practice functional medicine that aims to prompt healing. They were puzzled by the crazy-fast responses. Several advisors were principal investigators of PhotoMed's feasibility studies.
Sadly, one advisor, Robert E. Florin M.D. died before the "return to normal functioning" concept would have answered some of his questions. As a neurosurgeon, thermal imaging and the bilateral warming responses suggested to him that the impaired "thermostat" was deep in the brain before the left-right split of temperature control nerves. The bilateral responses turned out to be a clue; normally, both hands warm at the same time. His earlier model of a stellate ganglion block forces only one hand to warm at a time.
What might real-time recordings show?
Could the non-invasive therapy work like keys that unlock stalled healing processes?
From a "need another dose" perspective, could the instantaneous switch from "not healing" to "healing" be unbelievable?
We don't know how the body could delay its return to normal functioning.
So far, volunteers have shown the return to normal functioning after:
30 years for cold hands
75 years for a painful error in touch location mapping that snapped to the correct location
Crazy-fast phenomena can be replayed in fine resolution temporal and spatial details. We call those Quick Events.
However, the events are like finding your lost glasses, would the event have been noticed if they had occurred at the proper time?
What are "Quick Events"?
We use the term "impairments" as an objectively measurable limitation to normal functioning. We use the terms "treatment-resistant", "nothing-works", and "unmanageable" interchangeably to mean that invasive interventions had been tried but failed to provide lasting relief. Please use the Contact Form to suggest terms and metaphors that may improve communications.
The recording systems focus on the prompting and documenting of events that occur during a single uninterrupted visit. "Chronic" pain often responds after the visit ends which is too late for adjusting to the therapy.
Our focus is prompting and documenting events that occur during a single uninterrupted visit. "Chronic" pain often responds after the visit ends which is too late for adjusting to the therapy.
The Quick Events show the switch from a "chronic" state to normal functioning, like the normal awakening of a sleeping function. The body turns off sensory functioning every time you sit down again an on again when you stand up. More research is needed.
Which systems may now be studied?
The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience described in terms of actual or potential tissue damage..."
Note that the definition does not include an "ouch" factor. Thus, the impaired functioning may be considered to be a pain experience. Could the release of an experience account for the switch from "chronic" to normal?
Additionally, applying the "experience" concept suggests that the responses affect the whole body. Some volunteers gasped, flinched, or blurted out their disbelief at the instant when chronic switched to normal. See the page on sensory functioning.
All the systems tested showed the Quick Events:
Vascular - skin temperature regulation
The return to normal healing may be subtle and overlooked during the visit when the switch occurs. For example, inflammation may be present as a "biomarker" that improves too slowly to become a Quick Event like being able to feel sensations again or to move a limb. The team's primary endpoint is the ending of the need for additional therapy.
Where does the value for the return to normal functioning go?
The value to society may be important when the injury returns to its normal functioning.
Healing and the return to normal functioning remain the goals of many non-invasive therapies, such as rehabilitation after a stroke.
The value of restorative therapies goes to society when the therapy stops the escalation of costs and side effects.