Whether you are recovering from a new injury or struggle with chronic neuromuscular pain, we know that the pain and inflammation can hold you back from doing the activities that you love.
As the first doctor, in 2002, to get FDA approval for Laser Therapy in the U.S. and the foremost teacher in training doctors and treating patients in the U.S., I am here to tell you how Laser therapy can dramatically decrease your pain and improve your quality of life.
Laser Therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for acute and chronic pain and disability. We use a combination of the most advanced medical lasers to treat every pain condition from the head/neck to the foot/toe.
There are over 4,000 peer review published studies on lasers for a large population of conditions over the last 50 years
Studies were performed using RED and/or INFRARED Lasers
Studies have been performed on both Humans and Animals
The cool part is, there have been NO documented side effects to Low-Level Laser therapy
What common conditions excel with Laser therapy?
Acute Pain and Inflammation
Chronic Pain Syndromes-from Head to Toe
What is the Photo Biomodulation Laser Effects?
Anti-Inflammatory Action— Laser light reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to give enhanced joint mobility.
Stimulated Nerve Function— Slow recovery of nerve function in damaged tissue can result in “dead” limbs or numb areas. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring back motor and sensory innervation.
Increased Vascular Activity— Laser light induces temporary vasodilation increasing blood flow to damaged areas.
Increased Metabolic Activity— Higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells and thus greater production of the basic food source for cells, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP).
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
All light is composed of photons: small packets of light energy in the form of waves with a defined frequency and wavelength.
However, not all light is the same. Different wavelengths of light represent different colors on the light spectrum.
When light is projected as a single, coherent wavelength where the waves travel parallel to each other, it’s considered laser light. Laser light is much more intense than regular white light and has a multitude of applications from scanning barcodes to treating pain, inflammation, and more within human (and animal) bodies.
Laser therapy is when laser light is tuned to specific wavelengths and frequencies and applied to an organism in order to stimulate metabolic processes at the cellular level. Laser light holds its intensity until it is absorbed by a medium; in the case of laser therapy, the medium is the body. The photon energy of laser light can effectively penetrate the skin and underlying structures, which accelerates the body’s natural healing process. Therapeutic lasers increase the energy available to the cells, allowing the cells to uptake nutrients faster and dispose of cellular waste more efficiently. This is achieved by increase in cellular activity, blood flow to affected areas, reduced edema, and less pain in damaged areas.
Laser therapy utilizes the wavelengths and frequencies of visible red and near infrared (NIR) light to treat a variety of conditions, at their source, within the body through safe, non-invasive, and painless procedures.
Studies have shown that when tissue cultures are irradiated by lasers, enzymes within cells absorb energy from laser light. Visible red light and near infrared (NIR) are absorbed within the mitochondria and the cell membrane. This produces higher ATP levels and boosts DNA production, leading to an increase in cellular health and energy.
Therefore, when applied as treatment, lasers have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation as well as stimulate nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation, and immune system response. Lasers have no effect on normal tissues because photons of light are only absorbed and utilized by the cells that need them.
How does Laser Therapy Reduce Pain?
1. Increase in Beta-Endorphins:
The localized and systemic increase of this peptide, after laser therapy irradiation has been clinically reported in multiple clinical trials and studies, to promotes pain relief for a whole list of conditions.
2. Balance Nitric Oxide Production:
Nitric Oxide has both a direct and indirect impact on pain sensation in the human body. As a neurotransmitter, it is essential for normal nerve cell action potential in impulse transmission activity of pain and other sensations. Then indirectly as the vasodilator effect of nitric oxide can enhance nerve cell oxygenation. When cells are injured, become ill or from aging they can produce too much NO and competitively displaces oxygen from cytochrome c oxidase consequently reducing ATP (an essential intracellular cellular energy and extracellular signaling molecule) and causing an overproduction in reactive oxygen species (ROS) and leading to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is well known to lead to inflammation and cell death via the gene transcription factor NF-Kb.
3. Ion Channel normalization:
Laser therapy or Photobiomodulation promotes normalization in Ca++, NA+ and K+ concentrations, resulting in pain reduction as a result of these ion concentration shifts.
4. Blocked depolarization of C-fiber afferent nerves:
The pain blocking of therapeutic lasers can be pronounced. Laser irradiation suppresses the excitation of nerve fibers in the afferent sensory pathways.
5. Increased nerve cell action potentials:
Healthy nerve cells tend to operate at around -70 mV, and fire at roughly -20 mV. Compromised cell membranes have a lowered threshold as their resting potentials average around the -20 mV range. Laser therapy - especially when combined with our PEMF therapy can help to restore the action potential closer to the normal range of -70 mV.
6. Increased release of acetylcholine:
Increasing the available acetylcholine normalizes nerve signal transmission in the autonomic, somatic and sensory neural pathways.
7. Nerve Cell Regeneration:
There have been numerous medical studies that show laser therapy can induce axonal spouting and some nerve regeneration. When pain is being amplified due to nerve damage , cell regeneration and sprouting may assist in reducing pain.
How does Laser Therapy Reduce Inflammation?
1. Stabilization of the cellular membrane:
Ca++, Na+ and K+ concentrations, as well as the proton gradient over the mitochondrial membrane are positively influenced. This is accomplished in part, by the production of beneficial Reactive Oxygen Species aka (ROS). These ROS’s modulate intracellular Ca++ concentrations and laser therapy improves Ca++ uptake in the mitochondria.
2. Enhancement of ATP production and synthesis:
ATP production and synthesis are significantly enhanced, contributing to cellular repair, reproduction and functional ability. Photonic stimulation of Cytochrome c Oxidase, a chromophore found on the mitochondria of cells, plays a major role in this rapid increase in production and synthesis of ATP.
3. Stimulation of vasodilation:
Vasodilation is stimulated via an increase in Histamine, Nitric Oxide (NO) and Serotonin levels, resulting in reduction of ischemia and improved perfusion. Laser-mediated vasodilation enhances the transport of nutrients and oxygen to the damaged cells and facilitates repair and removal of cellular debris.
4. Acceleration of leukocyte activity:
Beneficial acceleration of leukocytic activity, resulting in enhanced removal of non-viable cellular and tissue components. Thus allowing for a more rapid repair and regeneration process.
5. Increased prostaglandin synthesis:
Prostaglandins have a vasodilating and anti-inflammatory action.
6. Reduction in interleukin
Laser irradiation has a reducing effect on this pro-inflammatory cytokine that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
7. Enhanced lymphocyte response:
In addition to increasing the number of lymphocytes, laser irradiation mediates the action of both lymphatic helper T-cells and suppressor T-cells in the inflammatory response. Along with laser modification of beta cell activity, the entire lymphatic response is beneficially affected by laser therapy.
8. Increased angiogenesis:
Both blood capillaries and lymphatic capillaries have been clinically documented to undergo significant increase and regeneration in the presence of laser irradiation.
9. Temperature modulation:
Areas of inflammation typically demonstrate temperature variations, with the inflamed portion having an elevated temperature. Laser therapy has been shown to accelerate temperature normalization, demonstrating a beneficial influence on the inflammatory process.
10. Enhanced superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels:
Laser stimulated increases in cytokine SOD levels interact with other anti-inflammatory processes to accelerate the termination of the inflammatory process.
11. Decreased C-reactive protein:
Laser therapy has been shown to lower the serum levels of these inflammation markers, particularly in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
What are the clinical effects of Laser Therapy?
Increased blood supply
Enhanced skin growth
Decreased scar formation
Repairs joints and ligaments