Fibromyalgia is a debilitating, body-wide condition that affects women more so than men and tends to occur between the ages of 40-60. It is characterised by pain/spasms in multiple muscles. Patients often have a myriad of other associated symptoms including, fatigue, brain fog and poor sleep. It’s not surprising therefore, that a high percentage of these patients are also clinically depressed.
Characteristically all Rheumatological blood tests come back ‘normal’. This can lead to serious distress and further depression on the part of the patient who is naturally trying to find answers and solutions to explain their pains and yet all their test results are coming back saying everything is ‘normal’ when clearly they don’t feel normal. Unfortunately this often leads to health care providers saying that all the pains are due to a psychological ‘cause’ only.
In this Fibromyalgia RCT equal groups of 21 patients were placed in a NovoTHOR Whole body Photobiomodulation Therapy light bed. One group received the treatment and one a placebo. They all had:
Three 20 minute treatments a week for 4 weeks (12 in total)
Pain levels and quality of life questionnaires were used to assess the patients at the start, and then again at 2-weeks and 4-weeks whilst they were having NovoTHOR whole body Photobiomodulation
At week 6, 2 weeks after the last treatment was the last final assessment. Patients continued to improve in pain and quality of life scores despite having no more treatments!
The results were amazing!
In the PBM Therapy group the pain levels reduced by almost 50% and quality of life scores had a 100% increase!
Pain Levels (10 being the worst pain ever)
‘Full Body PBM Therapy pain levels goes down by 47% whereas the placebo’s levels stays the same’
Quality of Life Score (QOL)
‘Full Body PBM Therapy Quality Of Life (QOL) score goes up by 100% whereas the placebo’s stays the same’
Both pain levels and quality of life scores dramatically changed with the treatment statistically showing that these results were 99.999% due to the treatment and not due to some other unknown factor.
To put this into perspective a treatment has to have a certainty outcome of 95% to be accepted as a valid. Pain level reduction and quality of life score continued to improve even when treatment had stopped!
It’s a real game changer for patients suffering from this debilitating condition and proves that treatment using NovoTHOR whole body Photobiomodulation is a natural, safe and drug free way to treat Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Authors note: The results included questionnaires 2-weeks after the last treatment. Patients continued to improve in pain and quality of life scores despite having no more treatments! The researchers are going to follow up the patients at 3-months and 6-months to see how they are.
My clinical experience of using our NovoTHOR for patients with chronic symptoms/fibromyalgia is that some stay well for a long time after a course, and some slowly slip backwards. For those for whom the improvements don’t last we do find that their improvements can be maintained with periodic ‘maintenance’ or top up treatments.
Finally we also need more RCT data with more patients from more centres that have NovoTHOR light beds, but due to their scarcity, this may take some time.