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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Product Review- Precision LED Pain Reliever

LED Pain Reliever Tool

Heat is often recommended to train pain and injuries for runners. So this product caught my eye in the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog.

Here is the write-up from the catalog;

“Using technology developed by NASA to heal astronaut injuries, this is the device that covers a wide 3 ½ inch diameter area using 72 LED’s to produce safe infrared heat, stimulating blood circulation, relieving swelling in joints, and loosening tight muscles. A study at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee showed the LED technology reduced painful inflammation by up to 37%. Unlike heating pads that only treat just below the skin’s surface; the LED light penetrates deep into tissue for lasting relief from muscle aches. The device can be placed on the skin or ¼ “above the skin and begins to relieve pain in as few as three treatments. The light weight brush shaped design is easy to move around the body,…The built in fan dissipates excess warmth. “Uses AC plug. Size is 7 ¾ “L x 3 ½ “W x 3 ¼” D (5 oz.)  Cost $199.95

Smaller version with 60 LED’s - $159.95

I had an ankle injury most of the time I trained for Boston last year and right through triathlon season. I really did not have time to rest since I had races scheduled.   I would use this tool at night after stretching and it would take care of the pain. I was able to use this tool to manage the pain from this injury. I was able to keep it manageable enough to keep competing all summer and fall.
Now that my races are over for the season I plan on using this tool to help me heal this injury now that I ‘m taking some time off from running.

I also used this tool when my left shoulder started to act up when I increased my swim mileage. I had some pain right along the tendon. The treatment made the pain go away and I was able to keep swimming. Any time the irritation flares up; I treat it with this tool.
It has really worked for me.  It may also be helpful from the muscle pain some get with CMT.

To place an order go to:

Team CMT member Cheryl Kearney and Chris Wodke at AG National Championship Milwaukee 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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  1. Was wondering if you wear anything special when running? I don't wear AFOs yet, but I'd love to be able to run again. Have you heard of "Foot-Ups"? Supposedly stop foot drop!

  2. I purchased this for my husband and he said it really good back pain relief device. He has tried all kinds of ointments but they didn't do anything for him. Light Relief has given him some relief to his pain.