Neurolumen In The News
Alternatives to drugs effective in pain management. Houston Chronicle
Vicky has endured back pain since her cheerleading days a couple of decades ago, made worse by a car accident last year. When she came to Memorial Hermann’s Prevention and Recovery Center with a raging addiction to opiates and sleeping pills, she says her pain was close to a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. Now, after a month of treatment that did not involve drugs, Vicky says her pain is at a level of 2 on most days.
Oklahoma-based pain reliever aims to help veterans
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — The opioid epidemic continues to have profound, and deadly, consequences on American society. While some steps have been made to reel in opiate pain relievers, blamed as the root cause by many for addictions to illicit substances like heroin, others have looked to find new ways to treat those who need the relief most. People with chronic pain. Enter Shelly Henry. an Oklahoma native who developed a device using lights, lasers and electric stimulation to treat pain. That device is called Neurolumen. Henry tells FOX 25 the inspiration for the device came nearly two decades ago, when she was a pre-med chemist and biologist. Her then-15-year-old daughter was in a tragic car crash that left her with a crushed vertebrae and a lifetime of pain ahead. “I knew the pain she was going to experience throughout her life so I really felt compelled to develop something for her to get out of pain,” said Henry. Over the years, Henry developed Neurolumen. A small device that comes with a wrap, a cord and a power box. But it’s what’s in that wrap that’s so interesting. The device uses a combination of LED lights, lasers and electric stim to treat areas that frequently see pain. “They actually help with micro circulation, meaning your capillaries, and things like that,” Henry explains. “They bring nutrients in and toxins out, inflammation out.” And then the stim kicks in to move out toxins from even-deeper muscle groups. As Nuerolumen gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Henry wanted to target her product to one group in particular. A group that’s seen its share of chronic pain injuries and opiate addictions. Veterans. The quest to help vets started here in Oklahoma City with one man, retired U.S. Airman Jimmy Lee Dean. Dean suffered a back injury in Operation Desert Storm and was left in chronic pain. ” The level of pain you feel when your back is going through spasms is it’s almost indescribable. You’re immobilized,” said Dean. Dean’s wife found out about Neurolumen and he and his doctor decided to give it a try. And despite his own skepticism, his results were astounding. “After having it I just think it’s a godsend. I wouldn’t do without it now. I don’t think I could do without it now,” said Dean. “I still have pain every day. But it’s at a level I can actually tolerate it.”Now, Neurolumen has spread to 35 Veterans Affairs hospitals and rehabilitation clinics across the country, a number that continues to grow. And some vets have taken it a step further than Dean, working their way completely off opiates.”We have 460 veterans on it nationwide and we’re at probably six percent that have gone from using medications daily to not using medication at all,” said Henry. Neurolumen is on the GSA government schedule for the V.A. and is available in one of the largest drug rehab centers in the country, Houston’s Memorial Hermann.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Chronic pain affects one third of Americans or about 133 million people. Often patients are prescribed powerful opiate drugs that can lead to addiction. But now new therapies are paving the way for a pain-free life without meds. Terri White is reading from her journal for the first time in years. Headaches and a back injury have kept her in chronic pain. “I was pretty much a train wreck,” White told ABC30. White became addicted to opiate pain pills and her life spun out of control. White told ABC30, “I was sleeping 15 to 18 hours a day.” Angela Dolder knows what it’s like. She fell two stories and broke her back more than a decade ago. Dolder told ABC30, “The surgeon told me before I went into surgery that I had a 50/50 shot of ever walking again.” She would walk, but prescription pain killers became a crutch. Dolder took 12 a day, over 350 a month. Dolder told ABC30, “You’re preoccupied with when you can take that next pill.” It’s a familiar story to James Flowers, PhD, LPC-S, who is the Director at PaRC Memorial Hermann. “Many of our patients come to us taking 180 to 300 OxyContin a month,” Flowers told ABC30. The center uses a holistic approach to therapy that includes neurolumen. “It’s really one of the most phenomenal advances in pain treatment that I’ve ever seen,” Flowers told ABC30. The FDA-approved device combines electrical stimulation, LED lights and lasers. Flowers told ABC30, “We see pain levels going from eight, nine, and 10 all the way down to zero and one.” Patients control the stimulation. “The higher the level that you take that, the more oxygen, the more blood, the less swelling you’re going to have and the quicker your body is going to heal,” Flowers told ABC30. Both Dolder and White went through the program. “Luckily I didn’t have to lose my family,” Dolder told ABC30. White told ABC30, “I feel better now than I have in my entire life. Seriously.”
Both are now drug free.
Drug-free ways to fight pain
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Chronic pain affects one-third of all people in the United States, and the number of Americans addicted to painkillers has tripled over the last decade, according to a local doctor. That potential for dependency has many people seeking drug-free pain solutions, including using an innovative new device. Memorial Hermann’s Prevention and Recovery Center is one of only three pain centers in the nation using the Neurolumen. “It sends very minor electrodes to the spine, or the nervous system, it travels to the brain, and interrupts the pain signal. And then it has a low level laser that penetrates into the tissue. It draws blood to the area and decreases swelling,” said Dr. James Flowers. “We’ve seen patients with a level eight pain, and after neurolumen, a level two pain.” As high-tech as Neurolumen seems, Flowers says it is only one of many non-drug pain management techniques used. He says deep breathing techniques and biofeedback are crucial in managing pain. “Biofeedback is positive imagery, relaxation, learning how to regulate our own blood pressure, learning how to regular our heart rate, and learning how to regulate the flow of oxygen through our body,” Flowers. He recommends practicing yoga for its deep breathing benefits and its low impact exercise, critical to those in extreme pain. “Yoga is about breathing, visualization, and slowly moving the muscles,” Flowers said. “The worst thing you can do when you have an acute injury is stop moving.” Many patients also find relief through acupuncture. Flowers says the needles help stimulate the body’s meridian points, allowing energy to flow more freely. “We see pain levels decrease after an hour of acupuncture by about 70 percent,” Flowers said. Another factor that can affect pain levels is what you put eat and drink. Wellness specialist Gabrial Fuzat says to avoid sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. “Caffeine acts as a stimulant in the body. It’s not only going to increase anxiety, but it’s also going to have an effect on the nervous system,” Fuzat said. Some pain-reducing foods that improve circulation are: Cherries, Legumes, Salmon, Ginger and Turmeric.
Jun 09, 2020 (AB Digital via COMTEX) — A 30-minute treatment with Neurolumen relieves excruciating pain and inflammation all over the body. The device, useful at clinics or home settings, uses a low-level laser, with LED and electrical stimulation that increases blood circulation, removes toxins, brings in nutrients, and brings down painful inflammation.
Cleared by the FDA, Neurolumen has shown success by focusing on veterans getting relief from their painful conditions and bringing them back to a normal life. This device has shown promising results. After just one month of use, 95% report improvement in pain relief and quality of life.
A Vietnam War veteran says, “I’ve had fibromyalgia for as long as I can remember and have tried just about every therapy to give me some comfort and mobility. I just hurt everywhere. I started using the Neurolumen system for pain and was amazed! For the first time in years I didn’t hurt!”
Another case is that of a veteran battling Crohn’s Disease and pain for 40 years. An hour-long treatment with Neurolumen relieved his pain for four days. In yet another case, a patient had spinal stenosis with surgery as the only option to reduce pain. Using Neurolumen helped bring under control both the spinal stenosis and the shoulder issues.
“It is so important to us that we do everything we can to improve the quality of life for every Veteran that is suffering in pain,” says Shelly Henry, Founder of Neurolumen.
Oklahoma native Shelly, invented Neurolumen to help her daughter. The device turned out to be effective in reducing pain. Neurolumen is now focused on veterans due to the high incidence of chronic pain in this group. The device has been recommended for use by VA facilities in departments such as Women’s Health, Recovery and Rehab, Post-Surgical Therapy, Drug Addiction Therapy, Spinal Trauma, Podiatry, Primary Care, Polytrauma and more.
Neurolumen is currently used at over 50 Veterans Affairs hospitals and rehabilitation clinics across the US. It has helped veterans to get completely off opiates. Neurolumen is on the GSA government schedule for the V.A. and is available in one of the largest drug rehab centers in the country, Houston’s Memorial Hermann.
Contact Neurolumen directly at toll free number: 855-855-4648 or Direct Number: 405-463-6525
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