Cold Laser and Electro-Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy
We offer cold laser therapy to promote the fast healing of acute injuries and to help manage chronic inflammation. The cold laser is a safe treatment with many benefits. Treatment is convenient: you can use it at our location, or in your home.
HOW COLD LASER THERAPY WORKS:
When the body is injured, cells are damaged and fail to function normally. Low-level waves from the cold laser machine penetrate deeply into the skin and restore normal cellular function. Cold laser uses a non-heat-producing light laser, locked at a wavelength optimal for treatment, to penetrate deep into tissues. Cold laser, also called low level laser therapy (LLLT), is emerging as an effective modality in the healing arts community.
Cold laser has been shown to significantly accelerate and enhance the body’s natural defense and repair mechanisms. Physiological effects include improved metabolism, circulation and tissue healing. By reducing the duration of inflammation and enhancing specific repair and healing processes, cold laser has been proven to provide pain relief and reduce damage and loss of function from injuries.
COLD LASER THERAPY IS USEFUL FOR MANY CONDITIONS, INCLUDING:
- Frozen shoulders
- Post-operative wounds
- Sprains or strains
- Scar tissue
- Autoimmune diseases
- Chronic or acute pain
- Wound healing
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Disc herniations
- Minor nerve damage
EXAMPLES OF COLD LASER APPLICATIONS:
Professional Athletes: Cold laser helps top athletes return to competition quickly after injury. US Postal Service Tour de France team was involved in quite a few bad wrecks, yet they were able to race the next day. According to Jeff Spencer, their chiropractor who treated them with Cold Laser, if an injured athlete can get in for laser treatment within 2-3 hours of the injury, rehabilitation time can be cut in half.
Burn Victims: Cold laser can help wounds and burns heal 25-40% faster with reduced scarring.
Nerve and Spinal Injuries: According to study at University of Health and Sciences, Bethesda, MD., cold laser can rehabilitate severed nerve bundles at a 300% faster rate than the control group’s rehabilitation (research conducted by Anders and Broke). The recovery observed in the study occurred after only 14 90-minutes treatments. These results suggest a promising future for cold laser treatment of peripheral nerve damage and spinal cord injuries.
Cancer: Cold laser therapy may inhibit cancer cell growth while enhancing healthy cell growth. Research at the University of Munich shows that cold lasers have a bio-modulation effect, inhibiting the activity of overactive cells and stimulating underactive cells.
Other Injuries: Cold laser can increase range of motion and muscle strength, decrease pain and inflammation, and accelerate healing time for a variety of injuries. Lasers are painless and sterile, with no undesirable side effects. Chiropractors and physical therapists use cold laser for conditions including the following:
- Inflammatory conditions: carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, plantar fascitis, and bursitis.
- Pain management for fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, cervical, thoracic and low back pain.
- Connective tissue disorders such as sprains, strains, tendonitis, and tendon ruptures.
- Joint injuries, disorders such as TMJ disorders, osteoarthritis, dislocations, and ligament injuries.
- Muscle injuries such as muscle contusions, ruptures & bruises, and muscle contractures like frozen shoulders.
- Neurological injuries such as prolapsed disc, herniated discs, crush injuries, neuritis, and headaches.
The History of Cold Laser Therapy
EXPLANATION OF LOW LEVEL LIGHT (LASER) THERAPY:
“Light therapy” is not a new concept. The sun’s photonic rays cause a seed to sprout through RNA and DNA changes. The sun’s rays are full-spectrum light, which means many wavelengths are present (400-800 Nanometers), but only one specific wavelength, or frequency, causes the seeds to germinate. In 1924 Bose and Einstein, great men of science, predicted the Laser. Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
In 1978, Dr. Frolich helped to establish the Wave Particle Theory, which now forms the foundation of quantum physics and defines the mechanism of life, as we now know it. Human cells, tissue and organs have specific frequencies that regulate important cellular functions such as protein synthesis, cellular division and communication. Frolich used quantum physics to explain that a cells living matrix must produce coherent or laser-like oscillations, unique resonance’s. He stated that these resonance’s serve as signals that integrate processes such as growth, injury repair, immune mediation and the overall functioning of the organism. Each molecule, cell, tissue and organ has an ideal resonance frequency that coordinates its activity. Using certain laser frequencies can alter or balance the body’s systemic defense and repair mechanism.
In 1994, Dr. Smith stated that pathologies manifest themselves as chemical imbalances with the underlying cause being electromagnetic. By applying a specific frequency, normal function and balance can be restored. Physicists Schawlow and Townes brought the laser into modern medical arenas, where they are being used for a variety of treatments. Most of the lasers used in the medical field have been High Frequency Hot Lasers, which are catabolic (destructive) in nature such as the ones used in eye surgery. Cold Lasers are anabolic, or regenerative in nature.
Laser therapy is based on photochemical and photobiological effects of the cells and tissues. With laser light, cell functions are stimulated, especially the increase of a cells ATP (energy). This increase in ATP synthesis is associated with increased cell metabolism; increase collagen synthesis, stimulation of DNA formation, improved immune system function and increased new formation of capillaries. The laser also has been shown to increase neurotransmitters (serotonin), to increase enhance tissue regeneration through increasing fibroblasts and keratinocytes, to increase antioxidants and to accelerate bone and scar healing.
The lasers we use at Bloomington Family Chiropractic is a low frequency laser, with a very specific 635 Nanometer wavelength. It uses coherent light, which is light traveling in the same direction at the same wavelength. The human cell functions at 630-640 nanometers (NM). It has been documented that DNA replication occurs at 635 NM, and cellular phagocytosis (cellular housecleaning or detoxification) happens at 634 NM, and that injured neurons (nerve cells) heal best at 635 NM.
Most significantly, research shows that every cell has a least three kinds of basic receptors for neurotransmitters (i.e., serotonin, dopamine), hormones (insulin, thyroid, estrogen) and photoreceptors. The laser affects the human cells through the photoreceptors, causing a physiological effect. Nerves, for example, are affected by the temperature, the pH within the cell, the oxygen available, and the amount of ATP (a cellular unit of energy) available. The laser stimulates ATP production and oxygen at a cellular level, which activates enzymatic cascades that help the cell to detoxify itself. These changes result in activating cells or nerves and setting up an environment in which they function best.
Accelerated healing, the primary goal for any kind of injury, is hard to demonstrate in one laser session. However, your chiropractor can demonstrate the ability to increase your range of motion (ROM) and increase muscle strength by testing you before and after the laser treatment. By increasing your ROM, you are preserving the function and structure of your cartilage and discs. Movement brings vital nutrients and fluids to cartilage and discs. The less your neck, spine or joints move, the sooner breakdown begins. Joint degeneration, or cartilage starvation, is osteoarthritis, which can cause considerable pain and is progressive in nature. Disc breakdown is degenerative disc disease. This can cause bone spurs pressing on nerves, causing pain, such as sciatica. The muscle strength test is performed in order to test nerve root function, not just muscle performance. Testing the deltoid strength bilaterally, for example, is evaluating the function of the C5 nerve root. Restored muscle strength actually indicates that the nerve root has been reactivated. With a properly functioning nervous system, balanced muscle strength is available to optimally perform three vital functions: to move the body and joints, to stabilize joints, and to inhibit pain at the spinal cord level.
WHAT IS THERASTIM ELECTRO THERAPY?
The Therastim (also called “ARPwave”) uses conductive electrode pads to provide neuromuscular stimulation. It treates the neurological origin of soft tissue conditions, not just the physical symptoms.
The Therastim features a state-of-the-art electrical mechanism designated as a class 2 medical device by the FDA. Treatment includes unique Therastim protocols and testing techniques.
- Therastim has been proven to be an effective treatment for those who have been told they need surgery and for those who have already had surgery.
- By increasing range of motion and decreasing pain, Therastim can be a highly effective way to prepare for physical therapy.
- Therastim is used by many elite athletes and teams throughout the world.
- Therastim dramatically reduces recovery time for ankle sprains and strained tendons or ligaments.
- Every year, thousands of patients receive Therastim treatment, it has proven effective on all types of chronic pain including RSDS and Fibromyalgia.
Treatment Time: 10 – 20 minutes.
Treatment Frequency: Variable based on condition. Often twice per week for 2-4 weeks for severe or chronic conditions. Some conditions may only be treated occasionally or as required.
Treatment Fees: $25 per session
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