Further Studies Investigating Three Levels of HILT
The results have triggered researchers to investigate further on how the three levels of HILT can help older fibromyalgia patients. These levels consist of low, intermediate as well as high watt intensities.
A 67-year-old patient diagnosed with fibromyalgia for seven years, failed to improve despite undergoing treatments. These treatments include diet supplements, medication and a pain management program. Under the pain management program, she undergoes behavioral therapy, physical therapy, medication and some laser treatments at an intensity level of 25 watts.
Researchers tried the different levels of intensity to the patient. The laser beams were applied on her spinal column, including 10 tender points in between her shoulders and hips. The low intensity level of only 1 watt has failed to help the patient. However, the higher levels of 42 and 75 watt led to a significant reduction in pain. Furthermore, these therapies helped to improve her sleep quality and increased her level of physical activity. In addition, immediately after the higher levels of treatment, the patient no longer needs any opioid-based medication.