In Chapter 5 of the laser book Rejuvenation, I refer to a “systemic effect” regarding rheumatoid arthritis. In other words, simply by treating some joints, all the joints have a positive response in the patient with rheumatoid arthritis. I believe that this is because of the positive bio-stimulating effects of coherent
light on the blood and the tissues it supplies. See the specific chapters on the joints you want to treat if they are available in the book. For example, if you are going to treat the shoulder, please review Chapter 7. If you have any wrist or forearm problems, you should read Chapter 11.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, I probably have the first good news you have had in some time: You are luckier than those people with plain old osteoarthritis are. Don’t believe me? Well, all you need to do is get a laser pointer and prove me wrong.
The reason you are luckier is that coherent light does very little for osteoarthritis (simple wear-and-tear arthritis.) In fact, the coherent light will typically aggravate that condition, with little, if any, benefit later.
You, on the other hand, will experience quite the opposite. You will experience more mobility right away. You will have a lessening of bad days and an increase in good days. Most of you will continue to improve over a month or two and will achieve a level of painlessness that you had given up on long ago. It is significant and very important to stress that this is not like using drugs. This requires less and less treatment as you improve, as little as one self-treatment every 6 weeks.
How many tons of prednisone are bought and sold throughout the world for this condition? What about side effects? Well, synthetic cortisone was just discovered when President Kennedy was president. He started as a skinny kid. He had a bad back. He was taking who knows how much “prednisone”? Think about the later photos, the ones where he looks like a chipmunk. That’s the corticosteroid effect. If he had lived long enough, continuing with the probable high doses for 10 years or more, he would likely have had to face severe osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, a suppressed immune system, and organ damage.
Medicine has known about this for some time now, and give much smaller doses for chronic cases these days.
40 Clinical Application Of GaAlAs 830 nm Diode Laser (LLLT) In Treatment Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Kanji Aoada, Yasutaka Ytani, Akira Sakawa and Akira Shimazu – Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Osaka City University Medical School, Japan
41 Evaluation of Acute Pain Relief Effects of Low-Power Laser Therapy on Rheumatoid Arthritis by Thermography. Obata, J., et al, Laser Therapy (1990), 2:28
134 Effect of low level laser therapy in rheumatoid arthritis patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Ekim A, Armagan O, Tascioglu F, Oner C, Colak M.Swiss Med Wkly. 2007 Jun 16;137(23-24):347-52.
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136 Laser therapy of rheumatoid arthritis. Goldman JA, Chiapella J, Casey H, Bass N, Graham J, McClatchey W, Dronavalli RV, Brown R, Bennett WJ, Miller SB, Wilson CH, Pearson B, Haun C, Persinski L, Huey H, Muckerheide M. Lasers Surg Med. 1980;1(1):93–101.
137 Soft-laser therapy of rheumatoid arthritis. Bliddal H, Hellesen C, Ditlevsen P, Asselberghs J, Lyager L. Scand J Rheumatol. 1987;16 (4):225–228.
138 A double blind randomised trial of low power laser treatment in rheumatoid arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 1993 October; 52(10): 703–706. J K Heussler, G Hinchey, E Margiotta, R Quinn, P Butler, J Martin, and A D Sturgess Dept of Rheumatology, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia. This is one of the silliest things I have seen. The researchers threw this out because although 72% of the patients reported significant pain relief, the untreated hand got better as well, so they thought it was “all in their heads”, (my quotes.) Didn’t they read the literature that shows that in rheumatoid arthritis we get a systemic effect?) It’s almost as if someone wanted it to be negative.
139 Clinical application of GaAlAs 830 nm diode laser in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Laser Therapy 3: 77-82, 1991. Moore.