International Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Foundation©

"Dedicated To Helping RSD Patients Worldwide"

Eric M. Phillips

P.O. Box 474

North Dighton, Massachusetts 02764-0474 USA

Phone: 774-501-2808  Fax: 774-501-2808



Office Hours

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9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST

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This information is provided by:

Bales Scientific, Inc.

1620 Tice Valley Blvd

Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Voice 925-945-0144  Fax 925-945-0147



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Photonic Stimulation
with Dynamic Infrared Image Feedback

The following presentation was created using infrared images that were supplied by Bales Scientific customers. These customers operate health care clinics and are comprised of professionals with different disciplines.

These Health Care Providers use the Photon Stimulator as an infrared treatment device while monitoring the patientís infrared image for dynamic changes in cutaneous blood flow. These changes appear when Photon Stimulation is directed toward Sympathetic Nerve Fibers that follow the blood vessels.

© Bales Scientific, Inc. 11/2000


When a Patient has Sympathetic Dysfunction, the sympathetic nervous system is not properly controlling the cutaneous blood flow to a particular area of the skin. These blood flow patterns appear as hyperthermia or increased heat where there is increased blood flow and hypothermia ,or colder, when the blood flow is restricted.

Normal studies have been conducted that show what the temperature distributions are in normal populations. These temperature patterns can be used as standards as well as the comparison of contralateral sides of an individual. That is the comparison of like parts of a body.

If a patient is suffering from sympathetic maintained pain there will be a temperature asymmetry associated with the pain syndrome. The differences in temperature can be displayed, and recorded, with a High Resolution Infrared Imager.


The health care provider images the patient with the infrared imager and correlates the heat image with the patientís history. If the heat patterns are abnormal the health care provider may choose to treat the patient with Photon Stimulation. This treatment may help the body re-regulate the blood flow, and normal temperature patterns may return as function becomes normalized.

The Photon Stimulator may be used without an infrared camera. The feedback then may come from the patient or other tests like range of motion, to test function, or Doppler ultrasound to quantify blood flow.


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Some types of pain syndromes that may include Sympathetic Maintained pain are:


Complex Regional Pain Syndromes (RSD)                                                                                   


Radiculopathy, Cervical or Lumbar


Thoracic outlet Syndrome


Failed Back Syndrome


Diabetic Neuropathy


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  


Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

The most common chronic pain syndrome to diagnose and difficult to treat is reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). It consists of a syndrome of continuous diffuse limb pain often burning in nature and usually consequent to injuries such as slight trauma, noxious stimuli and disuse. The symptoms are characterized by persistent, severe pain in the hand or foot, most pronounced in the digits, palm of the hand or sole. There can be variable sensory, motor, autonomic and tropic changes with symptoms that spread independently of both the source and sight of the precipitating event. The usual symptom presentation includes a glove and stocking anatomic distribution.                   


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© Bales Scientific, Inc. 11/2000

For more information regarding this and other products please contact:


Corporate Headquarters

Computerized Thermal Imaging, Inc.

1719 W. 2800 S.

Ogden, UT 84401

Phone: 801-776-4700

Fax: 801-776-6440

Web site:

Facilities Directory

Please click on the link below to view a directory list of  healthcare professionals who use the Computerized Thermal Imaging Photonic Stimulator and TIPô System.



Phone: 1-866-284-2848 (Toll Free)




Phone: 1-801-776-4700

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