Low-level laser therapy is a red or near infra-red light, applied from a low power laser specifically for therapeutic usage, where the light penetrates deep into the tissues.

Apart from it being used for back pain, it is also employed to treat musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, as well as Fibromyalgia. A low-level laser differs in that it operates at very low levels of power and unlike high-power lasers, it does not heat or damage human tissue.

It can help back pain by reducing pain and inflammation. You would probably need several treatments before you notice much pain relief and combined with exercise can be more beneficial than exercise alone. They call it the cutting edge of nonsurgical pain relief and tissue repair. Laser therapy uses light waves to stimulate healing in soft tissues. It has a similar effect to ultrasound.

It is a low-level cold laser and is pain-free; it works from the infra-red spectrum which penetrates up to 3cm into the muscles tendons and ligaments of the body. The laser light then stimulates the cell body within muscles, tendons or ligaments causing them to oxidize and increase healing at twice the normal rate.

It can improve healing, pain reduction, increase circulation and decrease swellings. It is not available on the NHS, but there are a number of clinics throughout the UK which perform this type of pain relief.  There are a number of hospitals that do this type of treatment from the City Back Pain Clinic in London, the Orchard Clinic in Northants to The Secret Glow in Manchester, with lots more clinics throughout the UK.

It can also help with

  • Acute soft tissue injuries e.g. sprains/strains.
  • Back and neck pain.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Chronic pain syndromes e.g. RSI, frozen shoulder, chronic low back pain.
  • Fractures and non-union fractures.
  • Nerve pain (Neuropathic pain) e.g. from disc injuries.
  • Ulcers e.g. diabetic ulcers.




Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a complementary therapy which was named after Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese theologist.

Reiki is a Japanese word, meaning Universal Life Energy, an energy which is all around us. It is regarded as ‘life’s energy’ and creates a feeling of deep relaxation. Energy blockages are removed, allowing a free flow of life energy throughout the body. Toxins are removed from the body with other waste products leaving the system much more quickly. Then, with the toxins removed from your body, more energy can be received and your vital processors and functions become more highly tuned.

The hands are the main instrument used in the healing by Reiki, and can be effective through clothing. It has also been useful for anyone taking drugs to help reduce some of the side effects. They say it is possible to heal acute injuries but chronic injuries can take longer to heal. Reiki is a therapy available to anyone, and can help the receiver of the therapy to achieve a more relaxed approach to life and greater harmony.

On the UK Reiki Federation website – you can find all you need to know about this type of therapy as well as finding yourself a good therapist.

A great book on this subject, of which there are many is ‘Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art’ by Diana Stein.


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I wrote a few weeks ago about the ‘Doctor in the House’ episode which was about chronic pain and fibromyalgia which I finally managed to catch up with on BBC Iplayer last night.

For anybody who doesn’t know what this program is all about, it’s a documentary and in each episode a family invites a GP (Dr Chatterjee) into their home to investigate every aspect of their lives. They’re worried about their health, and they’re hoping he can solve their problems.

In Episode four Nicola has been diagnosed with ten different conditions, including fibromyalgia, ME, sciatica and depression. Her pain and exhaustion have led her to become reliant on painkillers and she struggles to get through the day. Can Dr Chatterjee help Nicola find the cause of her problems and improve her health so that she can enjoy life again with her three young sons?

In each episode there are two families involved and the second family is a lady suffering from stress and severe exhaustion and is at risk of developing life-threatening type 2 diabetes. As a single mother, she works two jobs as a car saleswoman and a nightclub bouncer whilst juggling the demands of her two young sons. Rangan must find a way to completely overhaul her lifestyle, including her diet, sleeping habits and work-life balance.

Although they are two completely different problems some of the symptoms overlap, in particular the problems with sleep. One of the first things Rangan suggested to the single mother was to buy some clip on blue light filter glasses which she was told to wear in bed at night when using her phone or watching tv. The blue light blockers are in a clip on flip up style stay on glasses and covers sight areas without blurring or changing hues with deeper Amber color. These glasses filter out the blue light from the tv, computer and phone that disrupts natural sleep cycles. As a chronic sleep sufferer myself, I was keen to give this a try but I didn’t need to buy them as my Kindle Fire had an option to change my screen colour at night to filter out the blue light. I applied the filter and I definitely had a better nights sleep.

Nicola wanted to sleep all the time and instead of feeling great after a walk she just wanted to lie down. This, in particular resonated with me as I am exactly the same. The Doctor felt that some of her sleep problems were due to her diet and they had to remove all junk or processed foods to see if that would help. Nicola went from bad to worse and at one stage told the Doctor she needed a break from him following her progress.

The Doctor was really upset about this but then went back a few weeks later with an idea of taking Nicola to a ‘Mindfulness Class’. According to the NHS Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.

“Most of us have issues that we find hard to let go and mindfulness can help us deal with them more productively.” “Awareness of this kind also helps us notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier and helps us deal with them better.” Nicola wasn’t sure at first but then found it quite amazing and started using it regularly at home. Nicola was also told that they had found out from some of her blood tests that she definitely had a gut problem which was contributing to her overall health.

At the end of the program I could see the incredible results he had made with the single mum but I felt that Nicola although in a lot less pain, still had a number of health conditions to sort out.

Fibromyalgia sufferers are well to aware that we have a multitude of symptoms and problems so it can be difficult to know what to take, medication wise,  but one thing that is clear is our main problem is pain and fatigue and there are not many treatments be it medication or otherwise that can sort this out for us. It is more a case of learning to cope with flare-ups and bad days.



I know there is a lot of negative news about the NHS at the moment but after watching ‘Hospital’ on BBC 2 last night it shows you the pressure some of the hospitals are under and it’s certainly not the nursing staff’s fault that more and more people arrive in A&E. We simply need more hospitals or more wards for more beds.

Having said that I had a telephone appointment with my Pain consultant’s nurse on Tuesday as my back just keeps going out and has been really bad since Boxing Day. I explained what was happening and she said she would go and see my Pain consultant and get me booked in for some injections. Yesterday (Wednesday) less than 24 hours since I had the conversation with the nurse the hospital rang up to say that I had been put down as an ‘urgent’ referral and could I go in this afternoon at 3.30 for some injections and consultation with my consultant.

How can you possibly fault that? If, when I get there I am told it’s not possible today as there are no beds available or the consultant was needed for an emergency I will not even think about questioning the call. Where else in the world could you get the sort of service we have here in the UK. At the end of the day it is just simply stretched beyond it’s limits and we all have to pull together to deal with any situation that may arise instead of calling the NHS left, right and center.


If you didn’t watch ‘Hospital’ on BBC 2 last night it’s well worth watching on catch up or next week’s show.

OK rant over with now. Have a good day.