You may have noticed that I read LOTS of reports and research studies – I signed myself up for a huge number of newsletters, hoping that I might read something miraculous and be the first to let you know. Still waiting…
Anyway, I saw that a randomised, single-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of low-energy laser therapy in 40 female patients with fibromyalgia. Patients with fibromyalgia were randomly allocated to active (Ga-As) laser or placebo laser treatment daily for two weeks.
Low energy lasers are widely used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including fibromyalgia, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support its efficacy.
In the study, both the laser and placebo laser groups were evaluated for the improvement in pain, number of tender points, skinfold tenderness, stiffness, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and muscular spasm. Significant improvements were observed in parameters as pain, muscle spasm, morning stiffness and tender point numbers in favour of laser group after therapy. None of the participants reported any side effects.
This study is not new – this story was published in 2002; however, it did remind me of something that I had forgotten to tell you.
When Mommy came back from her trip, she brought with her a hand-held device called B-Cure Laser. It seems that we have a family friend with polymyalgia in Israel who swears by this machine, so Mommy bought it (not just for me to try, but also for her back pain). The plan was, if it helped me, to buy another one for me.
B-Cure Laser is cutting edge technology in soft laser therapy: a light, portable, rechargeable device, friendly to both caregiver and patient. It is the first portable soft laser device in the world with the healing power equal to that of a full-sized, stationary expensive soft-laser machine used only in hospitals and prestigious care facilities. It cost Mommy the equivalent of $AU600.
Soft laser treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms on a cellular and systemic level. The result: every kind of cell receives the energy required for activation of its optimal functioning in the body, thus allowing it to ‘self-heal’ and naturally overcome specific problems, whether it be back pain, inflammation, wounds, or needed skin renewal and rejuvenation.
Soft lasers are used by therapists all over the world, especially for treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal pains, motor problems, swelling, joint cartilage problems, inflammation and injured soft tissues.
I found that it helped immediately after its usage, for example: I would hold it to my shoulder for 8 minutes, but, if I wanted to cover ALL my pain points, it would probably take all day.
Also, at $600, I didn’t feel that it helped enough – $600 = 10 massages, 10 acupuncture sessions or even a holiday to Bali.