Laser Therapy

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Cold Laser therapyStrives to provide you with the latest, most effective treatment methods. Over the last (12) months, we have researched many cold laser treatments and devices, and have taken over 45 hours of seminars on treatment protocols with lasers. We concluded that lasers in the 635nm wavelength range and with variable, doctor-controlled frequency/pulse modulation, would be of enormous benefit to our patients. We have now had some very significant breakthroughs in treatment using the cold laser including: a woman who had low back pain since giving birth to her son 13 years ago who had almost complete relief after 3 cold laser treatments. Another woman was able to turn the ignition key in her car with the right hand (she was having so much pain in the right wrist she had been turning the key with her left hand!) This change in symptoms occurred after only 4 laser treatments. We have been having neck and mid-back success, shoulder, elbow and ankle problems responding well, and headaches and dizziness often respond well.

There is no pain with laser treatment, and there are no known negative side effects. Many conditions, which have not responded to conventional treatment, respond favorably to the directed light energy and the healing frequency of the pulsed laser light.

Primer: nm = nanometer, a measure of the size of the beam of light
Laser = light amplification stimulated by emission of radiation
Laser light is unlike regular light in that it is coherent i.e., the photons are well ordered and synchronized. Laser light is also monochromatic, meaning it is of one pure color.
Over 2000 studies have proven laser therapy effective and safe

The following short article gives a very good summary of the benefits of laser therapy. Please call us with any questions or come by the clinic to see how laser can help you with your condition. Low Level Laser Therapy by Jan Turner & Lars Hode (Prima Books),

Low level laser therapy:

  • Reduces pain by causing the production of natural pain killer endorphins.
  • Reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes that create swelling, redness, pain, and heat and it enhances the release of anti-inflammatory enzymes.
  • Enhances lymphatic drainage, which increases circulation and speeds healing.
  • Stimulates the release of several helpful healing enzymes.
  • Releases tight muscles (both smooth and striated) that create chronic pain, join problems, and decreased mobility.
  • Speeds bone repair by stimulating fibroblastic and osteoblastic proliferation.

LLLT (low level laser therapy) in the correct frequency appears to be antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-herpetic. Laser irradiation of tissue cultures has shown that units of light energy (photons) are absorbed by enzymes, which react to light within the cell. Visible red light is absorbed within the mitochondria and the infrared light is absorbed at the cell membrane. In a mammalian cell, this results in a change in membrane permeability, increased ATP levels and increased DNA production. The photons picked up by the cell membrane result in improved membrane stability and increased activity of the ATP dependent Na/K pump. Because cell metabolism is influenced by Na/K movement across the membrane, increasing the gradient will affect the flow of ions and hence the overall metabolism of the cell.

On a tissue level, it has been shown that irradiation by laser light results in increased collagen and epithelial production and production of new capillaries and an increase in density of the capillary bed. Reduction of pain and inflammation results from this treatment, as does the stimulation of nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation and atonicity (lack of muscle tone). There is also an indication that laser light therapy helps to increase the immune system response. Please come visit for a first hand look at our clinic and the equipment we use to help you feel and perform better!

Here is a longer, more technical article for those who would like more information on laser therapy.

Low Level Laser Therapy Provides New Treatment Possibilities,

Dr. Melyni Worth, Ph.D, World Equine Veterinary Review, Vol. 3, No.3, 1998

Laser Physics 101

Laser means Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation and was first theorized by Einstein. In 1960 Miaman developed the first laser, a ruby laser. This was a tube laser with a metal chamber, which contained the element ruby. When an electrical current excites the enclosed element, the atoms give off photons or packets of light energy. The photons bounced off a solid mirror on one end of the tube and out holes in the mirror on the other end of the tube. This light beam is unlike regular light in that it is coherent i.e., the photons are well ordered and synchronized. Laser light is also monochromatic, meaning it is of one pure color.

Power density is a key to laser energy. Power Density (PD), or light concentration is measured in watts per centimeter squared (W/cm2). The problem with most DC battery driven lasers is that the battery bleeds off and does not maintain a standard PD, which negatively affects low-level laser therapy (LLLT) results.

Recent developments in miniature computers have enabled the patenting of techniques that maintain a standard PD as well as to control energy frequency.

Wavelengths are measured in nanometers. The most beneficial wavelengths are in the visible and near infrared ranges. These ranges are very safe ranges, far away from the damaging ultraviolet, x-rays, gamma and cosmic rays. Although the longer waves such as microwaves and radio waves are usually considered safe, there are some that think they might be damaging to the very sensitive individual. All wavelengths used in low-level lasers are safely divided from these potentially damaging waves.

Many people only think of lasers as cutting lasers. In order to cut with lasers, it is necessary to increase the PD from 300 to 10,000 W/cm2. Lasers do not even have a warming affect unless they are operated above 5 W/cm2. Low-level lasers discussed here operate from 1 to 3 milliwatts. Low-level lasers today are manufactured using semi-conductors, which are computer-like chips grown from various pure elements or combinations thereof. Combining the elements of InGaAlP makes visible light in the range of 630 to 685 nm; combining GaAlAs produces light in the range of 780 to 870 nm; and, combining GaAs produces infrared laser diodes in the 900nm range.

The visible light ranges, while quite beneficial, are limited by its shallow penetration of 1 to 3 mm. The invisible or infrared light range penetrates much deeper. Research documents infrared penetrations from 10 to 15 mm, but clinical results indicate that the infrared beam penetrates 8 to 10 cm. Excellent results have been achieved using the patented concept of “piggy backing” the beneficial effects of the visible upon the penetrating ability of the invisible.

Low level lasers are used everywhere in our society, such as bar code check out, laser printers, compact disc players and for many medical procedures. In fact, without lasers, our society and economy as we see it today would collapse. World-wide studies have shown that laser energy is accumulative as well as cascading and reduces pain and inflammation via:

  1. Bio-stimulation and photo-stimulation
  2. Endogenous opiate production
  3. Slowing sensory nerve production
  4. Restoring cellular resonant energy
  5. Stimulating the Na/K pump mechanism in the cell membrane
  6. Inhibiting bradykinin & leukotriene production

Osmosis, a scientific fact taught in all grade and high school science classes, states that no nutrient can transfer across the depolarized membrane of an injured cell. One of the most important functions of low level laser therapy is to re-polarize sick and injured cellular membranes. This allows for essential nutrients to transfer from the blood into the cell. Research has shown that low level laser therapy can increase cellular ATP (body fuel) by as much as 150%.

Photobioactivation Light is energy of life Photobioactivation is a term applied to a light stimulus that initiates and/or accelerates a physiological response. Other stimuli used in medicine, for example, are temperature, ultrasound, electrical power, electromagnetic fields, etc. Laser Therapy was discovered in the 1960s. Today, thousands of clinical evaluations and over 100 double blind studies confirm its efficiency in:

  • Wound healing (formation of granulation tissue, epithelization, improved trophic condition)
  • Anti-inflammatory effect (enhancement of immune response)
  • Analgesia
  • Improvement of regenerative processes

These effects can be observed in dermatology, neurology, surgery, rheumatology, traumatology, orthopedics, gynecology, urology, dental medicine and veterinary medicine etc.

Laser Therapy devices (Low Level Lasers up to approx. 500 mW (milliwatts) power output) do not have a thermal effect. This means they provoke no immediate visible skin reactions or sensations during therapy. Laser Therapy is a soft therapy without side effects. This contrasts the use of surgical application of LASERS, which coagulate, vaporize and carbonize tissue with their high-energy rates (<3 to <50 Watts).

Photochemical effect

The laser energy is absorbed by metabolically active pigments of the mitochondria in various cutaneous and subcutaneous layers: here involved are the two enzymes of the oxidation chain, Cytochrome a/a3 and Flavoprotein with absorption maxims of wavelengths applied.

It is supposed that the changes in the stereochemical conformation induced by an electro magnetic field leads to an increase in activity and improves the concentration of ATP by up to 200%. In addition, an increase in oxygen and glucose metabolism is observed. The main effect is an optimized function of the Na-K pump at the cell membrane, an increased protein synthesis (prostaglandin, enzyme) and a significantly higher rate of mitosis.>

Depending on the stimulated type of cells, the following cell physiological reactions are observed:

Regenerative effect

Enhanced fibroblast formation and collagen synthesis with improved tissue strength values.

Neovascularization of lymphatic and blood vessels as well as vasodilatation, improve microcirculation and lymphatic drainage (resorption of oedema).

Larger quantity of granulation tissue and accelerated epithelization.

Increased activity of osteoblasts promote the formation of callus.

Regulation of muscle tissue including myocardium.

Enhancement of peripheral nerve re-growth.

Prevention of central nerve degeneration and regeneration of peripheral axons after injury.

Analgesic effect

Measurable changes in the potential of nerve cell membranes lead to its hyperpolarization as a good analgesic mechanism.

Improved release reaction of ยง-endorphines.

Changes in transmitter concentration at the synapsis.

Accumulation of 5-OH-indoleacetate (serotonin metabolite)

Relaxation of muscle induced by the neuromuscular unit (ATP increase).

Effect on the immune system (immune modulation)

Activation of proliferation of immune cells including macrophages.

Immune suppressive effect by reduced antigen perception of the T-lymphocytes (increased acceptance of a transplant).

Optical window of the skin

The skin is a non-homogenous tissue and yet shows in its spectral analysis an optical window with an optimal transmission capability of light between >600 nm (visible red) and <1300 nm (infrared). Wavelengths (colors) outside of this optical window are mostly being absorbed before they reach deeper layers.

Indications listed in the

World Literature of Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is a regulative medical treatment modality, which is used most in medical specialties including Dermatology, Traumatology, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Dental Medicine, Urology, Gynecology, General Medicine, Chiropractic, Veterinary Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Natural Medicine etc.

Anti – Inflammatory

Enhances proliferation of immune cells (enhancement of immune response,

increase of NK cell activity etc.)

Enhances lymphatic activity (drainage)

Improves microcirculation (vasodilation)

Reduces swelling (oedema & haematoma resorption)

Reduces infarct zone size in heart & brain

Reduces mucositis after irradiation & chemotherapy

Postoperative wound healing- Herpes simplex & zoster

Decubitus, elephantiasis

Ulcus cruris, diabetic foot

Postoperative lymphoedema

Experimental

Mucositis

Analgetic (pain reduction)

Induces B-endorphin release

Increases ATP production

Increases the measurable potential on nerve cell membranes

Relaxation of muscle tension and increase of pressure pain threshold

Reduction of trigger activity (f.e. myofacial pain and fibromyalgia)

Acupuncture point activation

Tendinitis, osteoarthritis, synovitis

Soft tissue injuries

Fractures, overstrained injuries (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tennis elbow etc.)

Frozen shoulder, tension neck, tension headache, lumbago

Needle replacement

Regenerative

Stimulates the rate of mitosis in repair mechanisms (bone, epithel and

muscle tissue)

Enhances peripheral nerve regeneration after injury

Reduces degenerative process on central nervous system

Enhances survival of brain cells after transcient ischemia

Accelerates neo-vascularization (neo-angiogenesis)

Reduces or eliminates scar tissue formation

Increases collagen synthesis (fibroblast proliferation, tensile strength and

elasticity increase)

Wound healing, bone repair

Tissue repair

Facial paresis

Stroke rehabilitation

Inner Ear problems

Wound healing

Wound healing, post injury

Wound management

Post operative etc.

How and Why do Low Level Lasers Work?

We are complex spiritual and energetic beings. Disease or dis-ease and illness are the result of imbalances in our complex energy system, which compromises our immune, circulatory and muscular skeletal systems. Sickness is not necessarily caused by germs, bacteria and viruses,

although these “bugs” are opportunists and they do interfere with our health when our inner terrain is compromised. When the immune system is inactive, overworked or suppressed and the cells are weak and unable to function at peak capacity, dis-ease and aging result.

Low Level Laser Light irradiation works to support the natural healing process of the body because it:

Donates photons and electrons to the tissues and cells of the body, which support the production of ATP (energy) that is needed by cells to carry out their duties.

Reduces pain by causing the production of natural pain killer endorphins.

Reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes that create swelling, redness, pain, and heat and enhance the release of anti inflammatory enzymes.

Enhances the process of nerve regeneration and muscle relaxation.

Enhances lymphatic drainage, which increases circulation and speeds healing.

Stimulate the release of helpful healing enzymes.

Releases tight muscles (both smooth and striated) that create chronic pain, joint problems, and decreased mobility.

Speeds bone repair by stimulating fibroblastic and osteoblastic proliferation.

Appears to be antiviral, antifungal, and antiherpetic when applied in the correct frequency.

Laser irradiation of tissue cultures of a mammalian cell has been shown to result in a change in membrane permeability, increased ATP levels and increased DNA production. The photons picked up by the cell membrane result in improved membrane stability and increased activity of

the ATP dependent Na/K pump. Because cell metabolism is influenced by Na/K movement across the membrane, increasing the gradient will affect the flow of ions and hence the overall metabolism of the cell.

Are Low Level Lasers Proven Effective?

Low Level Laser Therapy is being used as a successful treatment option for countless, pain, inflamation, dental, burn and illness conditions all over the world. Low Level Lasers have been used for over 30 years in many countries as therapeutic energy to bring about favorable

biological effects in people, plants and animals. Unlike many therapies and drugs that just treat symptoms, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has the ability to actually promote and enhance healing. LLLT is the future of medicine and is a modality that is rapidly growing in popularity

throughout the world. In the last few years Laser Therapy in North America has been steadilly and exponentially increasing and the FDA has recently cleared multiple laser and LED devices for treatment of a variety of medical conditions including: carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical

neck pain, low back pain, joint pain, generalized muscle pain and acceleration of wound healing. Technical light therapy is being used by Governmental agencies such as NASA for treating medical conditions in space applications. The U.S. Olympic training facilities have just

released statements of endorsement for Laser Therapy for athletes. The growing acceptance of LLLT in mainstream medicine is yet another indication of the medical efficacy of this highly effective treatment modality, which is proving to be not only a viable, but often a superior treatment option.

Over 75 Trillion cells in a human body all need electrons to communicate with each other. Laser light delivers these required electrons directly to the cells and enhances both their ability to communicate with each other and their ability to produce ATP (energy), which they require for

optimal functioning. Additionally LLLT causes the release of healing enzymes and the production of endorphins, which are natural pain killers.

Are Low Level Lasers Safe?

Yes, when Low Level Lasers are used correctly, they are very safe. The most important safety regulation is to avoid pointing a laser at the eye. Stimulating lasers have a particularly powerful beam and can cause harm to the retina. Do not point them directly at a fetus during pregnancy, or over cancer. Resonating lasers such as the Q1000 can be used safely during pregnancy over the body, but not directly on the fetus. Resonating Lasers are used in some countries for cancer. Low Level Laser Therapy has been proven completely safe in over 2000 worldwide studies.

Frequency of Treatment Sessions:

In general, treat every 2-3 days for 4-5 treatments. Follow this with one treatment per week until the issue is resolved. Some conditions, including long term chronic conditions may need “tune up” treatment every 4-6 weeks, or as required.

Treatment Parameters:

Never look directly at the Laser aperture or the light.

Overuse of a laser is generally just a waste of time and will cause diminishing returns, reducing the benefits, but you will not make a cell worse than when you started.

If pain gets worse due to treatment, which rarely occurs, do not be alarmed. The laser has increased the circulation and caused the release of toxins, which sometimes causes some early discomfort. It is an indication of tissue reactivity and precedes improvement.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is generally considered complimentary and can be used with adjunctive treatments. In general it is a good idea when combining LLLT with other modalities to do cooling techniques prior to LLLT and warming techniques after LLLT.

Patients with acute conditions will frequently see beneficial effects almost immediately. Patients with chronic conditions may find that a slightly longer treatment regime is required before effects are obvious.

Photo taken at Crystal Mountain near Mt. Rainier WA by Valerie Blessley.