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How to Use War Tech to Detect fluid in Lungs

How to Use War Tech to Detect Fluid in Lungs

Detecting signs of fluid in lungs is a good way to prevent heart failure. More about that later.

This post is dedicated to my friend, Lucy, a fellow runner  who lost her father  to heart failure. Though she likes running in the sun, Lucy  is a woman who often says she misses the rain because it reminds her of her father. Sometimes just for the hell of it she’ll run in the rain when she has the urge to feel close  to her father.

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Running Across the water

“My father  was good, like the rain,” she told me the first time  I saw her staring at the sky as rain drops came down.

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Rain dripping down the window

“What do you mean?” I asked her.

“When I was a child, I walked in the forest with my dad. Oh mom would get so mad, thinking the whole thing was foolish. But it wasn’t. It was beautiful. The rain washed the dull grass shiny green and the brilliance of the green grass seemed to make the forest, well, a sort of heaven of  flowers. Life was perfect and I looked at the sky and thanked it for the rain. Rain that danced for the soil.”

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Rain dripping on the grass

 

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Rain dripping on flower

A few days ago Lucy invited me for coffee at the local Starbucks. An avid reader, she had some exciting news to share with me about a new technology  that promised to cut down the rate of readmissions to hospitals.

 

Here is The Gist of Where We Are With Readmissions

Readmission to the hospital is a growing problem for people  with congestive heart problems, and this  has a devastating  impact on the quality of life. Put more specifically, people who suffer from heart failure often accumulate fluid in their  lungs. So it would be extremely useful if there was an easy way for people to detect  signs of fluid in lungs. Dr. Scott Feitell director of Heart Failure at the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, put it this way:

“… a lot of times physical examinations miss that. It’s one of the biggest causes of readmission, and patients don’t tend to live as long if they keep returning.” [1]

Fortunately, however, people diagnosed with heart failure don’t have to suffer from  the financial blow and devastating psychological set back of re-hospitalization  once they know how to proactively monitor  for fluid changes in their lungs. Imagine putting on a vest, laying  back, hitting a button, and letting  the vest take measurements at the convenience of your home.

This is What You’ll Learn About in This Post

Specifically, you’ll learn how a Hi-tech vest may help keep heart failure patients out of the hospital. You’ll also find out how this technology once used by the military to find bodies buried in  rubbles of collapsed buildings has beed adapted to find fluid in lungs. [2] And you’ll even discover how it can do this in a non-invasive way.

So, without further introduction, let’s jump in with a discussion of the new device that’s bringing military tech to heart health.

A New Hope to Lessen Heart Failure

An article on July 8 of this year, published by Obesity, Fitness &Wellness Week  stated that doctors at The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital were testing a high-tech vest which “measures fluid inside the lungs from outside a person’s clothing. It could be a new way to prevent repeated trips to the hospital for nearly six million Americans living with heart failure” [3]

Seeing Through Walls of Buildings

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Seeing through walls of building

The SensiVest, created by Sensible Medical, uses radar technology that was first utilized by the military and rescue teams to see through walls and rubble in collapsed buildings. In fact the Israeli military  used it find bodies buried in rubble.

See Through Walls Of The Chest

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Seeing through walls of chest

The Technology works in the same way. Instead of looking for bodies buried in buildings, it looks for fluid in the lungs. Dr. William Abraham, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, explains it this way: “Now the technology has been miniaturized and put into a form that allows the radar to go through the chest wall and get an accurate measurement of water inside the lungs”. [4]

The problem with heart failure , as Dr. Abraham points out, is that the heart isn’t strong enough to keep up with the body’s needs and fluids  stays in the lungs. Too much fluid makes it hard to breathe.” [5]

Up to now standard way for people to monitor  fluids in lungs was for patient to weigh themselves daily and report symptoms such as swelling or shortness of breath. By then, the situation most likely worsened and required hospitalization.

The Patient Friendly Tech

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Non invasive technology

 

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Technology you can use while you sleep

In summarizing the benefits  of  ReDS technology, Sensible Medical  makes the following points.

  • Remote monitoring—lung fluid may be monitored regularly  at home.
  • Non-invasive system—worn over patient’s clothes.
  • Fast—measurement take only 90 seconds
  • Absolute measurement—requires no  benchmark or historical  data to evaluate
  • Shown in an economic clinical study to reduce hospital readmissions by 87%

Conclusion

Now two years out from FDA approval, the vest is working its way through patient trials. Rochester General Hospital is the first hospital in upstate New York, and one of the first community hospitals, to get their hands on it. That said, I think this is another  exciting development in how technology  is being employed to help people better protect the health of loved ones.

So far, here are some of the related news covered in past posts:

WiGait—Invented by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and  Artificial Intelligence Laboratory ( CSAIL), and led by Professor Dina Katabi , It ’s a device capable of measuring the walking speed of several individuals using wireless signals. It can prevent falling

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Measuring walking speed with wireless device

Game that fosters empathy for pain sufferers—In the game, participants interact with their altered virtual body — a silhouette they see in a virtual mirror — and complete object-oriented motor tasks. Then, using their whole body, they reach out to connect dots into a line which forms a meaningful shape related to a chronic pain experience

Tips on how to see someone's pain
How to see someone’s pain

I look forward to reporting more exciting news on how technology is helping us become healthier and safer.

As for Lucy, ever wonder what happened to her? A few weeks  after our conversation about her dad and the rain,  I wrote the lyrics  to a song called “The Girl Who Missed The Rain”.  Soon after that, I had a demo made and gave a copy of the tune to Lucy. She cried but I think those were happy tears. Do you have a loved one who is going or has gone re-hospitalization?

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References

  1. http://rbj.net/2017/08/15/new-device-brings-military-tech-to-heart-health/
  2.  http://sensible-medical.com/technology
  3.  Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week. (July 8, 2017): p550.
  4. Ibid
  5. Ibid

 

 

 

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How To Use a Game to See Someone’s Pain

How to Use a Game to See Someone’s Pain

Ever use a game to see someone’s pain? More about that later. First, let me ask you something. When was the last time you saw an athlete  break a leg?

It’s pretty frightening to think about, isn’t it? And if you’re like most people, you can be emotional  – and you’d rather not go through the experience. Because when you see an athlete, especially one you admire, get hurt it’s almost like it’s happening to you.

A Soccer Player is in pain From Twisted Ankle
Soccer Player Grimacing in Pain

Consider this account:

Kevin Ware, guard for the Louisville Cardinals, had jumped to block a shot thousands of times in practice and in games. Landing on one foot or two, twisting away or turning into an opponent was an instinctive act, not requiring thought, just body reaction. But in front of a packed house and millions more watching on television and the internet in 2013, Ware came down on one leg with just the right (or wrong) angle, torque, and amount of force that the leg gave way and the crowd hushed. The leg is not meant to bend at such an awkward angle and the bone is not meant to be pushed through the skin. Disaster had struck. [1]

Kevin Ware on His Back From Injury
Kevin Ware on His Back

Unless your heart is made of stone you felt  Kevin Ware’s pain

Kevin Ware Attende to After Injury
Kevin Ware Attended to After Injury

You showed empathy.

Boy Hugging Sad Girl
Boy Hugging Sad Girl

Empathy is putting yourself in the shoes of the other person. A report suggests that doctors do the following:

“To show true empathy to your patients, you must step back and imagine yourself in the sort of pain they describe day in and day out and then think of how you would want to be treated. That is empathy. Not a tilt of the head or a half-smile or a few practiced reassuring words — but making the patient feel like even though you can’t understand or imagine what they’re going through, you believe them and want to help them.” [2]

See The Scars

It is, of course, much easier to feel someone’s pain if you can see the physical scars.

A Scarred Leg and its XRay Image
Scarred Leg With X Ray

When You Can’t See The Scars

Take a look at this woman

A woman, Pain Sufferer, Sitting on Hospital Bed
A Woman, Pain Sufferer, Sitting On Hospital Bed

She looks perfectly fine, right? However, she suffers from chronic back pain. As she says in the short film  no one can see any of her aches and pains. She asks, “how can you believe me if I say my back hurts —all over  all the time—? No one can point to anything.” She laments that if she had a disfiguring condition that people could see, they would believe her and not think it’s all in her head.

 

Another chronic pain sufferer describes her condition as  feeling like:

Pain Represented as Blurring Dots
Pain Represented as Blurring Dots

Yet another states:

Evening You try to watch TV, but your legs are burning, you have tingling in your toes and are just uncomfortable. Sometimes family and/or friends join in to make it a good night. You get a few “Oh you look good, are you getting better?” You do everything you can to not jump up and attack that person… Instead you mutter something or just look the other way.[3]

The bottom line is this: just because you can’t see someone’s pain doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Use Tech to See Other’s Pain

What if there was technology that would enable you to see the pain of  others. In short, a game that fosters empathy for chronic pain sufferers.

On Feb. 25, 1916, Simon Fraser University located in BURNABY, British Columbia, issued  a press release that three graduate students had devised an interactive  game to help non-patients empathize with chronic pain sufferers.[4]

“The goal of our game is to help put others into the shoes of those dealing with chronic pain,” says Xin Tong, who developed the game with colleagues Weina Jin and Servet Ulas.” [5]

How The Game Works

The creators of the game ,in describing how it works, state :

In the game, participants interact with their altered virtual body — a silhouette they see in a virtual mirror — and complete object-oriented motor tasks. Then, using their whole body, they reach out to connect dots into a line which forms a meaningful shape related to a chronic pain experience.[6]

“Pain randomly attacks different parts of the body. In our game, we make pain visible with visual particle motions — they look a little like a glowing red ‘cloud’ ” Ulas explains. “The pain limits body movement and hinders the participant from reaching some of the dots.” [7] For more information, check out the game in the video below.

 

 

Conclusion

Now you know how to be more empathic  with someone who suffers from chronic pain. You can offer support not based on pity but on a renewed understanding of what life is like when one lives with daily pain. You understand that just because a pain sufferer felt good  yesterday doesn’t mean he or she feels good today. You understand now, perhaps for the first time, what it feels like to suffer in silence. You understand how devastating it feels when a pain sufferer thinks he or she can’t be counted on because  their  pain always gets in the way. You understand what it feels like to live in isolation.

You have learned the most important lesson a non-patient needs to know. Chronic pain may be invisible, but it’s there all the time. The best  thing you can do for a pain sufferer is to tell them that you believe them. As for those who live with chronic pain, I leave this inspirational video that has a simple but powerful message: Life is worth living. I like to hear from the readers so please leave me a comment below to let me know if this post helped you or if you have any questions.

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References:

1.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/kevin_ware_injury_open_fracture/article_em.htm

2. https://themighty.com/2016/02/what-chronic-pain-feels-like-2/

3. https://themighty.com/2016/08/a-letter-to-doctors-about-seeing-patients-with-chronic-pain/

4.

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-02-student-game-fosters-empathy-chronic.html

5. Ibid

6. Ibid

7. Ibid

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How To Get House Tech That Will Prevent Falling

How To Get House Tech That Will Prevent Falling

My mother, now 88, sufferers from a chronic back condition.  The thought  of her falling is always on my mind.  So I was intrigued to learn about a house tech that will prevent falling. More about that later. Don’t get me wrong. My mother is  far from fragile, and in fact she’s made of strong stuff.

When she was a little girl, for example, she grew up in a small African village where it was frowned on by some small- minded men for girls to seek a college education. Every week one of those hot- headed fools would make his way to her father’s house and spout some nonsense about the evils of selling good cattle to pay for a girl’s eduction. Her father would just smile, offer the jerk some fruit or a drink, the custom  of hospitality had to be acknowledged, and then politely show him the door. The imbecile left  without incident, no doubt thinking my grandfather  would finally “listen to reason” and put a stop to my mother’s ambition.

He didn’t. Instead, he encouraged  her to go as far as her mind would take her. With her father’s support, my mother was able to continue her education. This didn’t mean she was done with the antics  of idiots. Take the time the white school master—  principal here— accused her of spending too much time on her looks. “The fool keeps telling me to rub the lipstick from my mouth. He can’t believe it’s my own flesh. I can’t help it if he thinks I’m trying to be white”, she told her father.

Her father went to have a good talk with the headmaster and my mother was never bothered again. Later she went on to graduate  from nursing school and even went to London to receive advanced training in midwifery and intensive care, making  her a sought after recruit by the US State Department that was responding to a lack of specialized  trained nurses at the time.

Unfortunately her career as a nurse came to an end when she suffered a slipped disk at work. Yes, she’s still made of strong stuff. She is more than her condition and won’t allow her self to be addicted to pain pills and pity.

I’m proud of her, but I still fear that she may one day take a bad fall that would be catastropic for her. It seems that I have good reason to worry. According to CDC, the Center for Disease Control, Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.[1] Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.[2]

With that said, I was excited to learn that a change in walking speed can determine if someone is injured or in danger of falling. Many hospitalizations occur as a result of falls. Thus, it would very helpful for a caregiver  to know how to measure the risk of falling.

Here is Where The Technology  Known as WiGait Comes in

Invented by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and  Artificial Intelligence Laboratory ( CSAIL), and led by Professor Dina Katabi , It ’s a device capable of measuring the walking speed of several individuals using wireless signals.

What’s the goal?  To find out if the quality of your gait can reveal more serious health issues. Identifying changes in someone’s strides (think shorter steps) could help researchers better understand diseases like Parkinson’s, which can be characterized by gradual differences in gait.

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Measuring walking speed with wireless device

Why Go Wireless?

Hey, you may be asking, isn’t an activity tracker like Fitbit or Apple Watch good enough to monitor a person’s walking speed? What else would you want to use to hit that 10,000 steps-a- day goal? Here is the thing. Wearable devices such as the Fitbit work  well when it comes to giving feedback to healthy individuals but are not accurate at slow walking speeds. This means they may only provide a rough estimate of speed based on step count. In other words there might be “ a measurable difference between a good step and a bad step.”[3]

Also, one has to consider if a wearable  device will cause skin or worsen skin irritation.

Unfortunately some medications used to treat ailments associated with chronic pain, such as high blood pressure, have side effects like peeling skin. According to an article in Tech Times, “In 2014, Fitbit faced a class-action lawsuit stemming from a series of reports of users experiencing   skin irritation as a result of using the company’s fitness tracker. Users of the Fitbit Force fitness tracker reported rashes, peeling skin, and blisters.”[4] I am not by any means saying that people shouldn’t use Fitbit. I think for most healthy people, who just want to keep track of how they are doing, Fitbit works fine. However, if you have a skin condition then using  a device that you don’t have to wear is the way to go.

Measuring Walking Speed Using Wireless Signals

As stated, the WiGait was developed by  A group of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.” In a new paper, the team presents “WiGait,” a device that can measure the walking speed of multiple people with 95 to 99 percent accuracy using wireless signals.” [5]

How it’s displayed

According to its creator, the device is the  size of a small painting and  can be placed on the wall of a person’s house.  its signals emit roughly one-hundredth the amount of radiation of a standard cellphone[6]

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Walking Sensor that’s a size of a painting

How WiGait Works

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This is how WiGait works

It works by analyzing the wireless signals and how these are reflected off a person’s body. It also uses an algorithm that can differentiate walking from other movements such as those involved when a person brushes teeth or cleans the kitchen. [7]

“By using in-home sensors, we can see trends in how walking speed changes over longer periods of time,” says lead author and PhD student Chen-Yu Hsu. “This can provide insight into whether someone should adjust their health regimen, whether that’s doing physical therapy or altering their medications.” [8]

Conclusion

I was watching golf the other  day with my mother. She is an avid sports fan and follows the PGA schedule the way deadheads used to follow the Grateful Dead. She can tell you about every golf swing the way a deadhead  can explain the guitar  licks of the late  Jerry Garcia. Anyway,  we were sitting in the living room talking about golf swings when my mother decided to get up and get water from the kitchen. She took a couple of unsteady steps, but she made it to the kitchen without incident.

Still, the risk of her falling is always on my mind. Thus, I do everything I can to reduce the risk. I got rid of  several loose rugs and replaced them with hard wood flooring. I removed protruding  chairs  out of the living room. I am continuously looking at her environment to make it safer.

I think the value of WiGait is providing the ability of caregivers to take a less safe environment  and make it more safe for a loved one who is at risk of taking a life-changing fall.

It can also give those of us who live far from our elderly parents a peace of mind. We may be on the other side of the earth and still have the assurance of knowing how well our parent’s are feeling. I can’t think of a better use of technology.

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References:

1.Stevens JA, Ballesteros MF, Mack KA, Rudd RA, DeCaro E, Adler G. Gender differences in seeking care for falls in the aged Medicare Population. Am J Prev Med 2012;43:59–62.

2. O’Loughlin J et al. Incidence of and risk factors for falls and injurious falls among the community-dwelling elderly. American journal of epidemiology, 1993, 137:342-54.

3.

http://mashable.com/2017/05/01/wigait-measures-walk-qaulity/#DSPgC16X.kqk

4. http://news.mit.edu/2017/dina-katabi-csail-team-develop-wireless-system-to-detect-walking-speeds-0501

5. Ibid

6. Ibid

7. Ibid

8. Ibid

 

 

 

 

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How to Wear Tech That Will Stop The Attack

How to Wear Tech That Will Stop The Attack

I was reading a story on the danger of running while female and I read a quote  that made me angry. It was as follows:

“I was running when I came up on a couple of dude-bros working out on the lawn near the path, flipping tires and such. as I ran by , one yelled, ‘Hey, I can show you a real workout’ and pointed down. I thought he was pointing at the tire, but then I realized he was pointing at his crotch.”—Amber Carr, Michigan-[1]

As a man who has known a rape survivor I was particularly  upset by the behavior of such jerks. No matter what psychology books you have read or what movie you have seen, nothing can prepare you for the shattered, heart breaking, flinching, look of a friend who has suffered a sexual assault.

Tips on learning to stop the attack
Learning to stop the attack

It’s a confusing time even as the healing takes place. Your instinct  is to comfort but you wonder if  holding her will only bring back the memory of that “cold cruel hand” on her flesh. You are reluctant to give her too much distance because you don’t want to make her feel that even a bit of you thinks it was her felt.

I guess one of the reasons that  I write about  running safety, is to bring awareness not only to women but also to the men in their lives about what  can be done to lessen the danger of running while female. Those who have read my posts know that I have written about safety lights and reflective vests.

The concern of those posts, though,  was to allow a person to understand how they can   “see and be seen”. The main mission was to ensure that the runner doesn’t get hit by a car. I was glad to have provided this needed information. However, now I want to go to the next step. I want to address what happens if the problem isn’t avoiding a speeding car, but fending off an attacker.

Is there  a technology that will inform a third party that an attack is taking place in real time?

I’m here to report that such groundbreaking technology is finally here.

Sticker on underwear sends distress signals to STOP sexual assault

Scientists  from Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) have created a sticker capable of sending distress signals to stop a sexual assault.  The device called Intrepid by its creator Manisha Mohan allows a user to wear on their person. It comes in the form of a sticker which pairs with an app for the user’s smartphone that can alert up to five contacts should it be triggered.

How Does It Get Triggered?

According to an article in ubergizmo.com, “It detects how your clothes are being taken off, so when it detects that maybe it is being removed awkwardly (like if you were passed out and someone is trying to take advantage of you) or forcibly, it will activate and send messages to your emergency contacts unless you were to confirm that everything is in fact okay.” [2]

According to Intrepid: The proposed solution operates in two modes, an active mode for instances when the victim is unconscious or cannot fight against the assaulter, and the passive mode where the victim can activate actuate the device.

“Both modes release distress signals to prevent an assault in real-time, also alert the victim’s friends and family, and call emergency services for help.” [3]

How We Got Here

This is an amazing wearable technology that I’m talking about. “The wearable technology could put an end to the “disease” that is sexual assault, according to its creators.” [4]

I think it’s worth asking what steps or prior body of knowledge made this technology possible.

Imagine Reading This Headline:

Underwear alerts incontinence sufferers to urinary pad leaks: an electronic unit vibrates when wetness sensor threads detect urine overspills.

I know the subject may be a bit uneasy but perhaps you are beginning  to see how we can leap from electronic units that can detect urine overspills to a sticker  that can send distress signals.

Let’s go back  to see how the type of thinking on stopping the embarrassment of urine leaks evolved into stopping sexual assaults.

It all started at Barcelon. Medical reporter Jill Stein of Renal & Urology News broke a story about a product known as Smart Underwear which was designed  to alert patients to potential urinary pad leaks. The results of how effective this new wearable technology were released at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society. [5].

Among the findings were that  the smart underwear “ was effective at signaling patients to pad leakage events 87% of the time. In addition, 85% of patients were alerted in time to change their pad before leakage to outside clothing or furnishings.” [6].

How The Smart Underwear Worked

According to the inventors of the product, “The product consists of wetness sensor threads sewn into a pair of underwear and detects overspills of urine from the pad. An electronic unit is attached to the underwear and responds to an overspill by vibrating three times when wet, thereby signaling the wearer that the pad has leaked.” [7].

Time to Make The Connection

Understanding how wearable technology  leap from detecting a changing environment to detecting  when someone else is taking off your clothes.

As stated  before, researchers from the MIT have created ‘smart stickers’ that can sense when a person is being sexually assaulted.

The invention, produced by firm Intrepid, is attached to a piece of clothing and is connected to the users phone via bluetooth.

“If the stickers senses another person is removing items of clothing and a person is being sexually assaulted it sends a distress signal.”[8]

This is How The Process, Step by Step, Looks Like

To use the device, the wearer needs to download an accompanying app on their phone, and enter five contacts who will be called or sent a text in any case of emergency. As the device senses clothes being forcibly removed, it tells the phone, which sends a distress signal to emergency services and one in five contacts in the wearer’s phonebook are sent a text to alert them of the situation.

Tips on Keeping Yourself  Safe
Keeping Yourself Safe

Sticker on Underwear Sends Distress Signals to Stop Sexual Assault

As it senses clothes being forcibly removed, it tells the phone, which sends a distress signal to emergency services and one in five contacts in the wearer’s phonebook are sent a text to alert them of the situation.

 

The Hard Road to Healing

Is still important to understand that the struggle to heal after a sexual assault can be difficult.

 


Conclusion

Whistles, panic buttons, pepper spray devices, and smart phones have have  always been available for women to fend of attackers. The problem, of course, is that the devices had to be accessed in order to be activated. This is something that wasn’t always possible. The invention of the Intrepid dramatically gives power back to the woman in exercising her right to live and work where she chooses. With that said, here are parting thoughts.

 

Isolation is the worst thing that can happen to victims of trauma. It is vital if one feels broken to know that he or she is not alone in the journey to becoming whole again.

 

I think a big part of healing is to not allow yourself to be defined by what happened to you.

 

Healing take time. Yes, it often  takes one day at a time.

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References

1.https://www.runnersworld.com/running-while-female

2.https://qz.com/1030952/an-mit-scientist-invented-a-sticker-that-can-detect-sexual-assault/

3.http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/832954/sexual-assault-prevent-MIT-technology

4.ibid

5. Stein, Jill. “Underwear alerts incontinence sufferers to urinary pad leaks: an electronic unit vibrates when wetness sensor threads detect urine overspills.” Renal & Urology News, Oct. 2013, p. S12.

6. ibid

7.ibid

8.http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/832954/sexual-assault-prevent-MIT-technology

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How to Use Laser and Tame Your Pain

How to Use Laser and Tame Your Pain

How to use laser and tame your pain might sound like science fiction but cold laser therapy is a breakthrough that is used today in the relief of pain without drugs. The term cold laser refers to the use of low-intensity or low levels of laser light.  Check the video with Dr. Oz for a discussion on the therapy.

Those of you who have followed my posts know that I hate academic speak. So let’s get to the gist of why someone  would really want to use cold laser therapy.

Picture for a moment what it would be like if  you were so hobbled by excruciating pain that you could scarcely walk from your house to your car before your pain overcame you.

Imagine how you’d feel if the pain  wasn’t something that you had to deal with anymore. Just picture how joyous life would be without this problem. One could understand  why you would want a solution that would get rid of your misery—Right?

Tips on using cold laser therapy for knee and leg pain
Using cold Laser therapy on for knee and leg pain

There is  good news  on this front. The good news is that dreaming about getting rid of your knee or back pain isn’t just a fantasy – it CAN happen.

To begin with, let’s resist the urge to fill our heads with dense science jargon and keep focus on one concept—Recovery. All I want you to think about is how cold  laser therapy helps you recover from pain.

For illustrative purposes, let’s talk about back pain. Now I am sure that you are aware back pain can be caused by several factors.  Bасk pain саn bе caused due tо lower bасk strain, stress, wounds and muscular injuries.

So let’s say cold laser therapy іѕ the latest way tо treat bасk pain. How does it work ?

In this therapy, the laser light іѕ directed оn the affected area, іn this case the light іѕ targeted оn the bасk, fоr а duration оf 30 seconds tо а few minutes based оn the severity оf the pain and the size оf the area tо bе treated.

Tips on  using cold laser therapy for back pain
Using cold laser therapy for back pain

Thіѕ laser rays penetrate deep into the tissues. Thеу stimulate а response іn the cells оf the body, leading tо аn increase іn the energy levels оf these cells. Thіѕ increase, іn turn, makes іt possible fоr the cells tо metabolize аt а higher rate, thus speeding uр the process оf recovery.

Tips on Cold laser therapy working through clothing
Cold laser therapy works through clothing

Still Too Academic Speak For you? Well, let’s Make it More Clear.

Houseplants are often used as a good way to illustrate how cold laser revitalizes damaged cells. In an article  posted by Eliot N. Bolan and Susan G. Korn of the Pacific Laser Therapy group [1] reads:

“Look at our houseplants. Once they

sprout, they cannot continue to grow without light. It doesn’t matter if the

light is natural or artificial. Without some source of light, they will shrivel

and die. Just like our plants, human cells require light energy to thrive.

Normally, the body supplies its own energy for metabolic activity. But what if the body is having problems functioning due to a serious injury or aging? How can we add the energy that our cells need? More and more people are turning to Cold Laser Therapy. Laser light, tuned to specific frequencies, stimulates metabolic processes at the cellular level. In other words, light can stimulate healing”—  Pacific Laser Therapy

Stimulating our cells to make us stronger is a big plus, but it doesn’t completely explain how it works. You would be right to wonder how the low beams of light could be safely directed to the effected parts of the body. You’d be excused if the not so pleasant image of  James Bond, in the movie Goldfinger, threatened with the prospect of being cut and burned by laser comes to mind.

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Gold finger playing with laser

Safe Delivery

Unlike surgical lasers, or the menacing  kind used by GoldFinger, cold laser beams do not cut and burn flesh.They produce a very thin beam of light in which high energy is concentrated. thus, the delivery  of the beams is considered safe.

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What a cold laser beam looks like

According to an article by Bolan and Korn, Cold Laser Therapy appears to be completely safe.

1,500 published studies there are no reports of negative side effects.

Cold lasers are safe, non-toxic and non-invasive, and have been classified as a Class 1 non-significant risk (NSR) device by the FDA [3]

The next question to be answered then is the means of delivery.

Cold Laser Therapy & Acupuncture

Acupuncture and acupressure аrе two other ways tо treat pain. Cold laser therapy іѕ, nowadays, used іn acupuncture, іnѕtеаd оf the needles. Laser acupuncture іѕ conducted bу directing the laser beams аt the acupoints іnѕtеаd оf the needles and the effect іѕ similar.

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What laser acupuncture looks like

Since 1967 there have been over 2,500 clinical studies published worldwide that have demonstrate cold laser therapy to be a proven method for pain relief.[2] https://www.spine-health.com/

According to an article by Bolan and Korn [, Cold Laser Therapy appears to be completely safe.1,500 published studies there are no reports of negative side effects and have been classified as a Class 1 non-significant risk (NSR) device by the FDA [3]

We know how it works–but we now need to know if it works.

In an article about the healing benefits of cold laser therapy, a well respected professional in the field of pain management, Dr. David Ridge presents a case study and states the following:

Case Study – Compression Fracture

MW is an 82-year-old female who suffered a compression fracture which she attributed to a fall two years before her first visit. She rated the pain in her left lower back a “5” on a 0-10 scale before treatment and “0” immediately after the first session. MW was seen on 11 visits. “I have no pain at all anymore,” she reported before the last session.[4]

To treat inflammation, bruises and tears in the muscles caused by accidents, athletic or sports injuries, Dr. Bryan Luke of Luke Chiropractic & Sports Injury has successfully used cold laser therapy. [5]. Dr. Luke has 30 years of experience in chiropractic care, with a practice based in Honolulu.

With 30 years of experience in chiropractic care, with a practice based in Honolulu, Dr. has used cold laser therapy

Bolan and Korn citing a December 2005 article in Training & Conditioning Magazine referenced Ellen Spicuzza, RN who treats members of the New

England Patriots. Spicuzza uses Cold Lasers to treat contusions, sprains,

plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and more. [6]

To sum up, Cold Laser can be used for a number of conditions and symptoms, including:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck Pain, Back Pain
  • Joint Sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Bulging/ Herniated Spinal Discs
  • Headaches

Who Should not use Cold Laser Therapy

Magnetic Lasers and LLLT should not be used by individuals using pacemakers, defibrillators, insulin pumps, trans-dermal drug delivery patches or any other implanted electro-personal device and should not be used during pregnancy. Never place over open wounds or sores. [7]

Conclusion

Throughout this post, you’ve been learning about Cold Laser Therapy. Specifically, you’ve learned how  Cold Laser Therapy Provides a Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Approach To pain by stimulating  the metabolic process at the cellular level. This is another way of saying light can stimulate healing.

However, the one thing we haven’t covered is the opposing view. Usually, people  who are against cold laser therapy cite a safety issue.According tо them, even іf the rays аrе low intensity beams, they still penetrate into the tissues and cells and affect them negatively.

That’s not to say that the opposing viewpoint is without merit. Indeed, some people prefer surgery instead  of dealing with  the laser issue of cold laser therapy.

Nonetheless, I suggest you use cold laser therapy  for the simple reason that surgery often puts more stress on the body and delays the recovery period. Also, mounting evidence  shows that cold laser therapy heals and revitalizes cells with little side effects. Of course if you are thinking of using cold laser therapy to relieve pain you should consult your doctor оr physiotherapist fоr expert advice.

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References

1. August 9, 2011 Pacific Laser Therapy

by Eliot N. Bolan, MS, MBA & Susan G. Korn,

MA, MBA

2. Alexandra K. Schnel, Types of Conditions Treated by cold lasers

https://www.spine-health.com/

3. August 9, 2011 Pacific Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy Provides a Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Approach To Pain

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by Eliot N. Bolan, MS, MBA & Susan G. Korn,

4.What is the Nature of Cold Laser Therapy? It is Criminal Not to Use LLLT! October 30, 2012 by Pacific Laser Therapy

5. http://www.prweb.com/releases/honolulu-chiropractor/cold-laser-therapy/prweb14556512.htm

6. August 9, 2011 Pacific Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy Provides a Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Approach To Pain

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by Eliot N. Bolan, MS, MBA & Susan G. Korn,

7. Women’s Health Weekly. (Oct. 30, 2008): p139.