Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Laser TherapyWhat is Laser Therapy?
Low Intensity Laser Therapy is healing with light. Laser Therapy originated in 1967, where Hungarian physician, Dr. Endre Mester used low intensity lasers to accelerate wound healing. Since then, Laser Therapy has repeatedly demonstrated that it can alleviate pain and promote tissue repair, without affecting normal tissue.

The special light packs are placed directly on the body. The light energy penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by photoreceptors within the mitochondria. The light energy is converted into biochemical energy by creating ATP (adenosine triphosphate), causing restoration of normal cell function. This also enhances the body’s natural healing processes. Laser Therapy reduces pain and is curative rather than modulating symptoms.

Laser TherapyLaser is used to treat muscles, tendons, cartilege, nerves, bones, skin, connective tissue and joints. Most professional sports teams have practitioners who use lasers to help their athletes perform optimally and recover faster from injuries.

The Advantages of Low Intensity Laser Therapy
* Non-invasive
* Highly effective
* Non-toxic
* Safe

Who Can Benefit From Low Intensity Laser Therapy?
People of all ages and all levels of mobility have benefited from Low Intensity Laser Therapy.

Soft Tissue and Sport Injuries:
* Muscle / Ligament Tears
* Contusions

* Osteoarthritis
* Calcifications (e.g. bone spurs)
* Degenerative Disc Disease

Repetitive Stress Problems:
* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
* Rotator Cuff Injuries
* Golfer’s / Tennis Elbow
* Plantar Fasciitis
* Acne
* Eczemas
* Psoriasis

* Bursitis
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
* Tendinitis

General Problems:
* Herniated Discs
* Fibromyalgia
* Diabetic Neuropathies
* Wound Healing
* Burns
* Lymphedema

Some of the physiological effects of low intensity laser therapy
* Production and release of endorphins (these are morphine like substances produced by various cells in the body that inhibit the sensation of pain)
* Cortisol production is increased. This enables the body to combat the stress associated with trauma or the disease process
* ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is increased resulting in improved cellular metabolism
* DNA (deoxyribonucleicacid) production; protein building block of tissue is substantially increased
* Neurotransmission is facilitated due to elevated levels of serotonin and acetylcholine
* Mitochondrial activity is stimulated resulting in cell replacement, regeneration and repair of abnormal cells
* Modulation of macrophages, fibroblasts and other cells
* Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
* Cytokines and other chemicals enhancing cellular communications are released

Other Effects
* The immune response is stimulated
* Lymphatic drainage is improved
* The histamine response is positively altered
* The body’s natural healing processes are enhanced.

The beneficial physiological changes noted above are the result of tissue regeneration and cellular stimulation.

Client Information
Ideally, treatments are scheduled three times per week initially. Most clients will not notice any changes until the third or fourth treatment but this can vary greatly depending on the individual’s tissue response. The number of treatments may vary from 1-30. Acute injuries require fewer treatments and respond more rapidly than chronic injuries.