“Laser” (“Láser”)

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

THE PHYSICAL THERAPY SESSION FOR my sciatica went well yesterday, although there were a few hiccups. I started the day in a bit of pain and it was difficult for me to lie on my stomach on the treatment table. Physical therapist Susana quickly went to work on the problem using that alien machine I told you about last time (click here).

The machine is called the Physium System. According to the website, it’s a “non-invasive and multifocal device. Treatment is provided through controlled Pulsed Negative Pressure (PNP). Its pulsating vacuum system induces a soft tissue mobilization massage at adjustable depths. The stimulus is applied with anatomically designed treatment hands.”

So, it’s like an alien masseur sucking and un-sucking wherever the physical therapist moves the “treatment hands.” Susana began just above my left butt cheek, then moved to different locations on my back, as well as directly on my left butt cheek. It didn’t take long for the pain to ease significantly. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a brilliant invention.

Then it was back to electrical stimulation. Since I’m face down during the treatment, I thought it was done with needles last week. It turns out it only feels like needles. It’s really electrodes (sticky pads) that are connected to electrical current. What do I know?

After an hour with Susana, I was passed on to Sandra for laser treatment for the pain. I’ve read that early studies indicate laser treatment may be very effective for chronic pain, so I agreed to try it. When I laid down on the treatment table, again on my stomach, I had no pain. Sandra got called away momentarily, so Susana came in to get things set up for her.

Apparently, the small cushion beneath me wasn’t in the correct place to ensure I would be comfortable and with no pain (I had just left it where it was). Susana moved it. The pain returned. Then, no matter where we moved the cushion, I was in pain. Susana exclaimed, “¡Que raro!” She said it should have hurt where I had placed the cushion and it should not have hurt in some of the other locations. I agreed I was “raro.”

She told me to sit up for the treatment. I did and was perfectly comfortable, even though I had to sit for 40 minutes. I wore big red glasses (I wish I had a picture) and sat with my eyes closed the entire time. There really was nothing to it, from my perspective, just a nozzle of sorts placed up against my spine. I intend to go back for more aliens and electric shock treatments, but not every week. This could become expensive.

Meanwhile, I can squat and stand back up without holding onto anything and, I have my new custom insoles. What more could I ask for? Well, a lot. And I will. But, it’s quite an improvement. I hope to be cured completely, but I’m already a strong believer in both Physium and electrical stimulation (done by a certified professional).


LA SESIÓN DE TERAPIA FÍSICA PARA mi ciática fue bien ayer, aunque hubo algunos hipo. Comencé el día con un poco de dolor y era difícil para mí acostarme boca abajo en la mesa de tratamiento. La fisioterapeuta Susana rápidamente se puso a trabajar en el problema usando esa máquina alienígena de la que les hablé la última vez (haz clic aquí).

La máquina se llama Physium System. Según el sitio web, es un “dispositivo multifocal y no invasivo. El tratamiento se proporciona mediante presión negativa pulsada (PNP) controlada. Su sistema de vacío pulsante induce un masaje de movilización de tejidos blandos a profundidades ajustables. El estímulo se aplica con manos de tratamiento diseñadas anatómicamente ”.

Entonces, es como un masajista extraterrestre chupando y sin-chupando donde el fisioterapeuta mueve las “manos de tratamiento”. Susana comenzó justo encima de mi nalga izquierda, luego se trasladó a diferentes lugares en mi espalda, así como directamente en mi nalga izquierda. No pasó mucho tiempo para que el dolor se aliviara significativamente. En lo que a mí respecta, es un invento brillante.

Luego volvió a la estimulación eléctrica. Como estaba boca abajo durante el tratamiento, pensé que se hizo con agujas la semana pasada. Resulta que solo se siente como agujas. Es realmente electrodos (almohadillas adhesivas) que están conectados a la corriente eléctrica. ¿Que sé yo?

Después de una hora con Susana, me pasaron a Sandra para que me tratara el dolor con láser. He leído que los primeros estudios indican que el tratamiento con láser puede ser muy eficaz para el dolor crónico, así que acepté probarlo. Cuando me acosté en la mesa de tratamiento, nuevamente boca abajo, no sentí dolor. A Sandra la llamaron momentáneamente, por lo que Susana entró para arreglar las cosas para ella.

Aparentemente, el pequeño cojín debajo de mí no estaba en el lugar correcto para asegurarme de que estuviera cómodo y sin dolor (lo acababa de dejar donde estaba). Susana lo movió. El dolor regresó. Entonces, no importaba dónde moviéramos el cojín, sentí dolor. Susana exclamó: “¡Que raro!” Dijo que debería haber dolido donde había colocado el cojín y que no debería haber dolido en algunos de los otros lugares. Estuve de acuerdo en que yo era “raro”.

Me dijo que me sentara para el tratamiento. Lo hice y me sentí perfectamente cómodo, aunque tuve que sentarme durante 40 minutos. Llevaba anteojos rojos grandes (desearía tener una foto) y me senté con los ojos cerrados todo el tiempo. Realmente no había nada, desde mi perspectiva, solo una especie de boquilla colocada contra mi columna vertebral. Tengo la intención de volver por más extraterrestres y tratamientos de descargas eléctricas, pero no todas las semanas. Esto podría resultar caro.

Mientras tanto, puedo ponerme en cuclillas y volver a levantarme sin aferrarme a nada, y tengo mis nuevas plantillas personalizadas. ¿Qué más puedo pedir? Bueno, mucho. Y lo haré. Pero es una gran mejora. Espero curarme, pero ya creo firmemente tanto en Physium como en la estimulación eléctrica (realizada por un profesional certificado).

Jacaranda and tiles along the way.
Jacarandá y azulejos por el camino.
Plaza de la Hispanidad.
Not me. / Yo no.
Prepara el “láser”.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

29 thoughts on ““Laser” (“Láser”)”

  1. I SEE what you mean about ‘alien’!! By the sounds of things it appears you are on the right track to get this pain eliminated.
    That wisteria ‘tree’ is unbelievable!

  2. Looks like a mechanized deep tissue massage sort of thing. You can buy an e-stim device on Amazon, I didn’t have a lot of pain, so it didn’t do much for me. Be mindful about googling e-stim videos, there are some rather “creative” applications – but you probably knew that.

  3. I’m with Jim…alien is a good word for that machine. So glad it offers some relief. I do have an electrical stim device (gotten through my doctor/PT). Wouldn’t use it if I hadn’t been shown where I needed to place those pads for my particular issues (which sound remarkably like your own). The trick is finding replacement sticky pads that lose their stickiness all too soon. And yes, it does feel a bit like needles, but you can control the level of stimulation on the device to the point where it is good enough to help and not so high as to cause additional pain. Good luck with the treatment plan.

  4. I am one of the world’s greatest skeptics when it comes to inventions that purport to cure anything, especially if they are using some made-up scientific-sounding gobbledygook to sound impressive. Show me the real science, then I might be convinced.

    1. Frank,
      I usually am, too. The Physium is simply a hi-tech massage machine that’s much more effective than hands. After these two experiences, I’ll swear by the electrical stimulation. But I really have no idea about the laser and wouldn’t do it again; the fact that I had to wear protective glasses and still keep my eyes closed didn’t thrill me. And although it’s thought to be of use, there is no proof yet.

  5. So did they give you a strong drink and cig when you were done?!? Lol!!!!!! Never saw anything like that.

  6. Gorgeous photos. What an idyllic scene of the fallen flowers under the arbor covering the benches. Hope your treatments continue to help.

  7. What a weird-looking device. I’m glad it worked, at least! Love the jacaranda. I miss jacaranda trees, which I often used to see in Florida.

    1. Steve:
      Jacaranda were really popular in Southern California, too. They lined the streets in a couple the neighbourhoods where we lived. They make a sticky mess on the ground, but they’re so worth it.

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