What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission from a low intensity laser diode (250 milliwatts or less) or an array of high intensity superluminous diodes (providing total optical power up to the 2000 milliwatt range). Conditions treated include musculoskeletal problems, the arthritides, sports injuries and dermatological conditions. The light source is placed in contact with the tissues allowing the photon energy to penetrate widely, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the normalization of cellular components. This also enhances the body’s natural healing processes. The following chart outlines some of the specific effects of Low Intensity Laser Therapy.
The technology utilizes superluminous and laser diodes to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions, leading to the restoration of normal cell structure and function.
The process is curative and therefore results in the elimination of symptoms including pain. In addition, it enhances the body’s immune system response and facilitates natural healing.
The therapy is completely safe and has no adverse side effects.
The technology is highly effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, wound healing and a wide range of dermatological conditions.
The Advantages of Low Intensity Laser Therapy
- Easily applied
- Highly effective
- No known adverse effects
The Physiological Effects of Low Intensity Laser Therapy
Short Term Effects
- Production and release of beta-endorphins (these are morphine like substances produced by various cells in the body that inhibit the sensation of pain)
- Cortisol production is increased (cortisol is the precursor of cortisone). This enables the body to combat the stress associated with trauma or the disease process
- The short-term effect is significant in 5-10% of cases during or after the conclusion of the initial treatment, but is not as important as the long term or cumulative effect
Long Term or Cumulative Effect
- ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is increased resulting in improved cellular metabolism
- DNA (deoxyribonucleicacid) production; the protein building block of tissue is substantially increased
- Neurotransmission is facilitated secondary to elevated levels of serotonin and aceytylcholine
- Mitochondrial activity is stimulated resulting in cell replication etc. (i.e. replacement, regeneration and repair of abnormal cells)
- Modulation of macrophages, fibroblasts and other cells occur
- Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
- Regulates cell membrane potential, essential in Na, Cl and K ion transfer (electrolyte balance)
- Cytokines and other chemicals enhancing cellular communications are released
- The immune response is stimulated
- Lymphatic drainage is improved
- The histamine response is positively altered
- Production of growth hormone is increased
- The body’s natural healing processes are enhanced
The beneficial physiological changes noted above are the result of cellular stimulation and tissue regeneration. Many other positive activities are modulated including the humoral and cerebral spinal fluid effects, which are highly significant and are currently under investigation in our research laboratory in order to accurately delineate the scientific aspects of this process.
Meditech Laser Rehabilitation Centre administers over 800 treatments per week for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, soft tissue injuries, degenerative conditions and wounds. In addition, Meditech Laser Rehabilitation Centre carries on a significant research program exploring the potential of laser in the treatment of challenging medical conditions where conventional therapies are inadequate. These include:
Soft Tissue and Sports Injuries
- Ligament/tendon/muscle tears
- Knee dysfunction (Meniscal/ligamentous tears)
Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Tendonitis (supraspinatus/achilles etc.)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Degenerative Osteoarthritis
- Spinal Stenosis/Sciatica
- Disc Herniation
- Herpes (Post-herpetic Neuralgia)
Wounds and dermal ulcers secondary to:
- Venous Stasis
- Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
The BioFlex Advantage
- Over 20 years of development and clinical utilization
- Administer up to 800 laser treatments every week in our two clinics
- Over 450 centres utilizing BioFlex systems
- In-house extensive clinical testing of all new protocols at Meditech Laser Rehabilitation Centre
- Wavelengths used (660 nm, 830 nm & 840 nm) allow optimal absorption by Cytochrome C Oxidase, increased ATP production and superior clinical results
- Clinically developed treatment times take advantage of both local and systemic effects of Laser Therapy (shorter treatment times do not have the same effect)
- Patented, large flexible arrays which cover over 12.5 in2 of surface area
- Class 3B laser, most peer-reviewed researched Low Intensity Laser Class, which prevents thermal damage to tissue and allows accurate dose control (Class IV lasers do not, by nature of application, allow one to know the dose delivered to the tissue)
- Direct tissue skin contact and feedback contact sensor to maximize absorption by tissue and minimize light reflection
- Provision of over 30 standard protocols
- All protocols are customizable for optimum clinical effects
- Anatomical tutor to educate patients and ensure patient compliance
- Electronic patient records to document treatments and changes in protocols
Education & Services
- Clinical support 7 days per week from expert Laser Therapists and Clinicians
- Marketing support provides turn-key solutions and extensive marketing materials
- Research support to keep up with latest technology and medical applications of Laser Therapy
- Certification and advanced trainings with continuing health education credits
- Technical support 7 days per week for minimal downtime
- On-line clinician bulletin board to interact with other Laser Experts
The Patient Education Video is a 30 minute closed-captioned informative DVD on Laser Therapy which can be played on a loop in your clinic waiting room.
Below is a short excerpt from the Patient Education Video.
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