The company itself was founded in 2008 by Shelly Henry, in an effort to help her daughter deal with persistent, debilitating pain as a result of shattered vertebrae from a car crash. In an effort to find an answer, Shelly searched for alternative solutions, and well as traditional pain medications and therapies.
According to the Neurolumen website, “Shelly’s tireless pursuit led first to low-level lasers, then to the revolutionary discovery of multi-modal technologies.”
The realization that the therapy that helped her daughter may also offer promise for other pain suffers, led to the development of Neurolumen LLC, and the Neurolumen product.
Approved by the FDA in 2009, Neurolumen employs three non-invasive therapies simultaneously; transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and light-emitting diode (LED) therapy.
The device uses a system of 6 wraps applied to the body, which are then connected to a control unit that provides up to 30 minutes of therapy utilizing “a sophisticated system to deliver multiple modes of healing energy to affected tissues.”
While TENS has been shown to be effective in the treating a variety of painful conditions, LED and LLT have been somewhat more arguable. However, there is information to support the claims of each technology’s value in fighting pain.
In Neurolumen’s instance, the difference is the simultaneous application of these therapies that makes the difference.
They claim, “This pioneering approach combines the restorative properties of light therapy with the therapeutic benefits of electrical stimulation. The resulting synergy of technologies provides the most effective pain treatment available today. Even just one 30-minute treatment can provide dramatic results.”
Per their website, “The Neurolumen device is designed to improve circulation and help relieve pain and swelling associated with neuropathy, diabetes, vascular disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, chemotherapy and injury.”
Have you, or someone you know, tried the Neurolumen device?
It is prescription only, and an online search for reviews, shows positive reviews as well as many inquiries into trying the device. It also appears that patients have to apply directly with their insurance to determine if it will be covered, so it may be covered in certain instances.
The good news is, it’s non-invasive and in searching for reviews, it looks like free trials were available in certain instances.
Neurolumen segment on “The Doctors,” May 2012
Neurolumen – Reader’s Digest Video
Images and video courtesy of Neurolumen website.