COLD LASER THERAPY
WHAT IS LASER THERAPY?
Cold laser therapy is also known as low level laser or soft laser. You may be familiar with “laser surgery”. This refers to “hot” laser. In our office, our cold laser device uses super pulsed laser, red light, infrared light and magnetic field to reduce pain quickly and effectively by controlling and reducing inflammation. Laser therapy is used worldwide to treat acute and chronic pain associated with over 300 conditions. Laser maintains wellness and improves health and athletic performance. Laser works naturally and is non-invasive, side-effect free, pain free, safe and effective. It is used in 30 countries, used in over 3,000 hospitals, used in over 10,000 private practices and used by professional and Olympic athletes. LASER is NOT USED with all patients. We only use Laser when the need is indicated.
LIGHT AMPLIFICATION THROUGH STIMULATED EMISSION OF RADIATION
Laser is a valuable addition to contemporary pain management armamentaria. Cold laser therapy is also known as low level laser or soft laser. You may be familiar with the term, ‘laser surgery’. This refers to ‘hot’ laser. In our office, our ‘cold’ laser device uses super pulsed laser, the first of its kind to combine the entire range of therapeutic light spectrums and deliver therapeutic energy in a synergistic manner. The syncing of the therapeutic wavelengths creates an optimal environment that reinforces the effects of the individual wavelengths to create the most advanced pain relieving modality. The laser device includes the combination of super pulsed infrared laser irradiation, pulsating broadbband infrared non-coherent light, pulsed red light (LED), static magnetic field and electrical stimulation to reduce pain quickly and effectively by controlling and reducing inflammation. Laser therapy is used worldwide to treat acute and chronic pain associated with over 300 conditions. Laser maintains wellness and improves health and athletic performance. Laser works naturally and is non-invasive, side-effect free, pain free, safe and effective. It is used in 30 countries, used in over 3,000 hospitals, serving patients for 20 years in over 10,000 private practices and used by professional and Olympic athletes.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There is little or no sensation during laser therapy treatment. Occasionally one feels a mild, soothing warmth or tingling. The typical treatment duration is 5-15 minutes depending on the area and the condition being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems might be treated 2-3 times a week, tapering off to once a week or once every other week with improvement. The number of treatments depends on the condition being treated. Some acute conditions may only require 1 to 6 treatments. Chronic conditions may require 8-15 (or more ) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic maintenance care to control pain. Results will vary, as some patients feel remarkable improvement after only one treatment (usually pain reduction). Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3-4 sessions. Laser can be used with other therapies including chiropractic, massage, or electrotherapy. It is also used after surgery to promote healing.
Light therapy can be traced to the Greeks whose physicians used a form of therapeutic light called heliotherapy. The use of light continued into the 20th century and much credit was given to Albert Einstein . In 1916, Einstein used the term “stimulated emission”. In the 1960′s, concentrating and amplifying monochromatic light was developed by researchers who produced the first laser device. LASER: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In 1967, Professor Andre Mester from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary began using laser power in medicine. Dr. Mester is recognized by many as the grandfather of laser therapy. In the 1980′s, the Soviets developed cold laser therapy technology for the Soviet Space Program. Cold lasers were then introduced into the USA Space Program before finding its place in today’s health care system. During the last 20 years, laser therapy has been in use by healthcare providers all over the world. Laser devices were manufactured with no photo thermal effects but the photobiostimulatory effects still operative. The term “cold” laser and “soft” laser was coined. These types of lasers are now called “low level lasers” or “cold” laser. Very few side effects have been reported from laser therapy use. If a patient is allergic to light, they may get a rash or blister for a few days. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
HOW DOES LASER WORK?
Laser energy is photo energy that penetrates into the tissue eliciting photochemical and photobiological responses know as photobiomodulation. Photoreceptors respond to laser light causing a build-up of singlet oxygen. Singlet oxygen is a free radical that influences the formation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the cell’s energy and fuel source. Increased ATP production leads to a cascade of reactions aiding the healing process, such as increased cell metabolism and collagen synthesis, local effects on the immune system, and many other measured effects. More specifically, laser therapy uses photobiomodulation to change the condition of damaged tissues by stimulating the cellular mitochondria thereby accelerating the healing process. When laser light pours into the tissues, photons will be scattered, reflected and absorbed. Lasers can penetrate to deep tissue structures. Light that penetrates into the tissues can be absorbed by melanin, hemoglobin, oxyhemoglobin and water. The primary target is the Cytochrome C Complex which is found in the inner membranes of the mitochondria. Cytochrome C Complex is a vital component of the electron transport chain that drives cellular metabolism. As light is absorbed, Cytochrome C is stimulated leading to increased production of ATP. In addition to ATP, the laser stimulation also produces free Nitric Oxide (NO) and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). NO is a powerful vasodilator and an important cellular signaling molecule involved in many physiological processes. Outside the cell, NO signaling drives vasodilatation which improves microcirculation in the damaged tissue delivering oxygen, vital proteins and salts, while removing wastes. ROS has been shown to affect many important physiological signaling pathways including the inflammatory response. In concert, the production of these signaling molecules have been shown to induce growth factor production, increase cell proliferation and motility, and to promote extra-cellular matrix deposition and pro-survival pathways. Pain related to inflammation is reduced by laser by lowering levels of prostaglandin E2, prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2, interleukin 1-beta, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, the cellular influx of neutrophil grandulocytes, oxidative stress, edema, and bleeding. Laser reduces pain, reduces inflammation and accelerates healing.
Our charges are very reasonably priced to introduce our patients to the benefit of laser therapy. Please contact our office for price quotes.