The world we live in today is very different from that of even 50 years ago. This rapid change has upended how we live and increased how long we live.However, while we do live longer, an increasing number of people are spending these “gained” years with chronic pain and disease.In the US alone it isestimated by the CDC that 20% of US adults live with chronic pain and 8% live with high-impact chronic pain. This chronic pain is linked to countless mental and physical conditions.Health economists at Johns Hopkins University estimated that the cost of chronic pain is as high as $635 billion per year. The same study noted that, from the sample of 20,214 individuals, average healthcare expenditures were $4,516 higher for someone with pain than the group with no chronic pain.
With chronic pain conditions such as back pain estimated by the World Health Organization to have alifetime prevalence of 70% in developed countries, the importance of treating this pain epidemic has been pushed to the forefront of medicine.The result being pharmaceutical companies investing countless billions into developing drugs to treat pain.Unfortunately, these drugs largely mask the pain without addressing the imbalances that cause it, and have helped fuel an opioid epidemic that claims an average of128 lives per day.Low-Level Laser Therapy For Pain ManagementIn recent years, a shift towards new methods of effective pain management with minimal risk has led to the advancement of low-level laser therapy (LLLT).LLLT has beenshown effective at treating nociceptive and neuropathic pain through its ability to stop the transduction of pain through suppressing pain receptor firing.This phenomenon is not due to the thermal effect of the light, but rather due to biochemical changes induced by the light exposure. In a similar way to how plants can absorb photons to induce biochemical reactions creating sugar, different wavelengths of light can have different effects on the transduction (communication) of neurons throughout the body.Furthermore, LLLT has been shown topromote healing of musculoskeletal pathologies helping to treat underlying causes of pain instead of masking it behind harmful drugs.
LLLT and similar light therapies have gained popularity in recent years with many hospitals and clinics installing devices allowing for patient use.However, due to the cost and inconvenience of limited availability/scheduling, the impact of this technology can be overlooked by some in favor of pharmaceuticals and convenience. Fortunately, due to advances in nanotechnology, the benefit of these light technologies can now be used effortlessly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.The Nanotechnology Behind TaopatchTaopatch uses a nanomaterial called quantum dots to emit specific frequencies of light. Quantum dots are small semiconducting materials with unique optical and electrical properties depending on their size.Known by physicists asartificial atoms, these nanocrystals allow for the emission of photons of discrete wavelengths similar to the discrete nature of photon emission in the different electron energy levels of an atom. This phenomenon is the basis of light spectroscopy, a field that uses this quality to analyze the atomic makeup of a substance based on its unique spectral fingerprint.
Unlike atoms though, the “gap” between these energy levels of quantum dots is not innate and can be adjusted with surgical precision to produce the desired wavelength.Through taking advantage of this property of quantum confinement the light emitted by these quantum dots is akin to the consistent wavelength of light emitted by a laser.Better yet the quantum dot infused Taopatch is powered through the infrared heat released by natural chemical processes in the body to create this monochromatic light. This allows the patch to be worn 24/7 and provides consistent light when worn combining the benefits of light therapy with utmost convenience.Numerous scientific studies have shown the efficacy of this light therapy and found significant improvement between placebo and Taopatch wearing individuals in those with neurodegenerative diseases such Multiple Sclerosis.Furthermore, this biochemical “reset” of neurons helps to alleviate damage done by modern day life in developed nations and widespread electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation by allowing the body’s cells to communicate clearly.Through utilizing different wavelengths of light Taopatch can also help to block pain, promote healing, improve coordination between neurons aiding in gait and posture regulation, and help return the body to an optimal natural state.