Hi Dave. I posted something about myself in another part of the forum. As for my pain and the NST therapy, I had intolerable, debilating pain in my shoulders, hips, knees and elbow. I had secondary pain in my muscles. The worst pain was in my shoulders. Even fentanyl (extremely powerful narcotic) and oxycontin did not remove the pain. I slipped into a coma because of the pain. I was diagnosed at the PPS clinic (Drs. Bruno and Zimmerman) with severe bursitis, but it didn't bother me unless I moved a wrong way. The severe pain was not like bursitis. I had it all the time, even when still. I couldn't sleep and sat in a chair all night. This went on for 3 mos. I was seriously thinking about suicide. The doctors told me that they were not going to give me any more narcotics when my current bottle finished. So I quit taking them immediately. Why continue when I wasn't going to get more and I didn't like taking them anyways. I then started my desparate search for pain solutions. I came upon NST and found a practioner 4 hrs from me. It was absolutely profound what happened in those 2 hrs. I came to her in constant, excruciating pain and left nearly pain free. When I came to her, I couldn't move my arm at all. I left able to move my arm much more, until I hit the adhesions in my shoulder.
I went back to her again when I was having some chronic pain in my arms and shoulders. Again, it resolved it. Now, you asked what it does. I assume you want me to describe the procedure? You wear lose-fitting comfortable clothes. You lay on a table/bed. The therapist proceeds with a gentle massage that will include your entire body from head to foot. In a certain way and it isn't like what you get with a massage at a spa. The NST massage works on your energy points and stimulates your lymphatic system. I'm not sure exactly how it works, except that is was extremely effective. She said most of her patients come to her as a last resort and are profoundly ill.
As for whether it would help you or others, it may depend on what's wrong. I don't know. The practioner that I saw treats all sorts of people with a variety of medical issues, who leave her with their pain gone or reduced, or other symptoms alleviated. Here are some links. http://www.bowendirectory.com
As for the cold laser therapy, I still use it when I have pain somewhere. This method stimulates the body to heal itself. It takes longer than the NST. The method I recommend first is the NST therapy.
Like you, doctors tried drugs and PT to help with pain. These did nothing. Well the narcotics did reduce it, but I didn't want to take them too long and the doctors weren't going to keep giving them to me. Acupuncture didn't work either. Neither did steroid shots. I never had to go the pain block route thankfully.
As for my neurological condition, I have had 5 EMGs, all of which showed more progression. The PPS clinic in NJ wrote a script to have a local physiatrist (Rehab medicine doctor) do my second EMG (2001). This doctor felt my DX of PPS was wrong. He said he hasn't seen neuron loss and damage like this except in patients with ALS. He has seen patients with PPS, but none have the loss that he saw with me. He said most muscles had maybe a handful of neurons left out of the hundred or so each muscle has. He felt I had ALS. Well I don't because I'm still alive.....lol.
When I had the first EMG back in 1991 or 92, the news was devastating to me. The doctor tested muscles/nerves all over my body. He said he couldn't find on muscle with even 50% of the neurons remaining. He said most has much less than 50%. I also had quite a few muscles that were completely paralyzed. I have found the least helpful doctors were neurologist. In fact they did things that were more adverse than helpful. I will take a PPS trained, knowledgeable physiatrist any time. Dr. Zimmerman, who works for/with Dr. Bruno is a physiatrist.
Yes, I get pain and often its my own fault. I do something physical that I shouldn't and need to rest for 2-3 days, just like you. I try to tell my brain that when I do this, I could be causing permanent damage. I keep saying it to myself with the hopes that it sinks in.....lol. If I didn't answer your questions, please let me know with some specifics.