I have had an awful lot of emails regarding my June 11 article about the use of laser therapy in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. It seems many people are as excited about this therapy as I am.
I received my certification in Low Intensity Laser Therapy application in Alberta so that I could bring this technology to my clinic in Kelowna.
I will attempt to give you a Reader's Digest version of this new technology and its success. It is truly fantastic.
Here’s how it works.
This technology utilizes superluminous laser and laser diodes to treat abnormal tissue with light photons. These particles of energy affect a variety of cells and tissues resulting in the conversion of light into biochemical energy. In essence, it is turning ‘on’ the ability of the body to heal the injured structure by allowing the cells to function and restore normal physiology. This process is curative and it eliminates symptoms such as pain, swelling, and bruising of injured tissue.
The physiological effects of laser therapy include an increased production of DNA.These are the protein building blocks that are essential in the process of cell and tissue regeneration. In addition, it increases collagen production which increases the strength of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
We get all of our energy from a cell called mitochondria. Mitochondria’s function is to produce a fuel called ATP. Laser therapy increases the amount of ATP produced in the mitochondria, thereby greatly accelerating the healing process using your body’s innate curative pathways.
It also has been demonstrated to increase the immune response, promote lymphatic drainage which reduces swelling and most impressively it produces a process called angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels to injured tissue which will improve circulation and tissue oxygenation, thereby giving this dormant tissue life.
Treatments last typically between 30 minutes to an hour and in a recent clinical review involving 1,000 consecutively treated patients the average number of treatments required was only 9.4.
Here’s the most amazing aspect of laser therapy:
There are absolutely no adverse effects, there is no pain or sensation felt during treatment and very few contra-indications for treatment. It is non-toxic, non-invasive and in over one million individual treatments no adverse side effects have ever been reported.
Conditions that respond very well to laser therapy include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, repetitive stress syndrome, rotator cuff injury, ligament and tendon tears, herniated discs, tendinitis, plantars fasciitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, neuropathies, and muscle tears to name a few.
This may seem like shameless self-promotion but I assure you it is not. In all my years of research and clinical therapy, I’ve never seen a modality that is so effective with lasting results. I’m very excited to offer this to my patients as it can give them hope in what may seem to be a hopeless situation.