Lasers Therapy has been shown to produce the following physiological and biological effects. 10 Quick Facts.
Photons of light from lasers penetrate into tissue and accelerate cellular growth and reproduction. Laser therapy increases the energy available to the cell so it can work faster, better, and quickly get rid of waste products. When cells of tendons, ligaments, and muscles are exposed to laser light they repair and heal faster.
Laser light increases collagen production by stimulating fibroblasts. Collagen is the building block of tissue repair and healing. Laser therapy increases fibroblast activity and therefore collagen production to speed healing.
Low level laser therapy decreases scar tissue formation. Scar tissue can be a source of chronic pain and poor healing. By eliminating excessive scar tissue and encouraging proper collage production, painful scars and chronic pain is reduced.
Laser therapy causes vasodilatation, or increases blood flow. It also increases lymphatic drainage to decrease swelling or edema from accumulating. Therefore, laser therapy reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation while speeding the recovery process.
K Laser therapy decreases pain by blocking pain signals to the brain. Some nerve cells sense pain and send signals to the brain. This protective mechanism can be overly stimulating producing chronic pain and nerve sensitivity. Also by decreasing the inflammation and edema, it further decreases the pain sensation. Laser therapy also increases endorphins and enkephalins, which block pain signals and decrease pain sensation. The laser therapy decreases the painful nerve signals and increases mechanisms to decrease pain.
In the body increased blood flow usually means increased healing. Blood carries nutrients and building blocks to the tissue, and carries waste products away. Laser therapy increases the formation of small blood vessels or capillaries in damaged tissue. Increased blood vessels and blood flow improves the body's ability to heal and repair.
Laser therapy increases enzyme activity to improve metabolic activity that affects cell repair and regeneration. The enzymes are turned on "high" to speed the healing.
Nerves can heal very slowly or have difficulty to completely heal. Lasers speed up this process. Damage to specific nerves produces numbness, impaired function, or increased pain. Laser therapy treatments speed the amplitude of action potentials to restore nerve function and reduce pain.
Certain enzymes (chromophores) can be activated to increase cellular production of ATP. ATP is like gasoline for cells, it is the energy source that cells operate. Injured cells often have low levels of ATP, which decreases their ability to heal and repair. By increasing ATP and "gasoline storage levels," cells have more ATP to work and repair. This process is particularly important with nerve pain.
Low level laser therapy decreases trigger points and stimulates acupuncture points to decrease muscle and joint pain.
Low Level Laser Therapy Treatments
Laser Therapy has been used for used in Europe for treatment of pain and to speed healing. FDA began clearing lasers for pain and medical treatments over the last 20 years. With increased technology lasers have become smaller and portable to be used in a clinical setting. Further studies and research have shown significant benefits to healing and pain reduction. We are proud to offer the newest Class IV K Laser to help our patients with their chronic pain. We have seen tremendous results combining the laser therapy with our physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic treatments.
The research, technology advancements, and medical acceptance of laser treatments have increased the number of facilities providing laser treatments. However, not all lasers can provide the same level of treatment. We have had a Class III laser for the last 6 years and saw benefits. But it was limited in its application, depth of penetration, and in its effectiveness.
1. Many lasers can only produce one therapeutic wavelength, while others can produce multiple wavelengths. Every wavelength produces different therapeutic effects on the body. Laser's that only produce one wavelength will not provide the same level of therapy as lasers with more wavelengths.
2. Pulses per second - Or the variation of time the laser is on per second. The body responds better to laser's that can change their pulses per second compared to a continuous rate laser. Imagine a flash light the flickers at different intervals compared to a light that is continuously on. The flickering enhances the benefits of lasers.
3. Most significantly, there can be a massive power difference between lasers. Joules are units of energy measurements, while Watts are the amount of Joules per second that a laser can produce.
Some Class III lasers produce 6 Joules per minute, while the K laser can produce over 500 Joules per minute. This greater energy production is directly related to its effectiveness and results. A Class III laser does provide therapeutic benefit but it is limited when compared to the K Laser.
The K Laser has four treatment wavelengths utilizing specific programs to enhance healing and effectiveness. The programs are designed to produce maximal treatment efficiency for specific body regions and injury types.
Laser Therapy Testimonials
I have had foot neuropathy pain for several years. The numbness and tingling started to improve within a week of treatment and now are so much better. T.K. Tempe, AZ
I've had carpal tunnel pain and hand numbness for two months. Within a few weeks the hand pain and tingling were gone. G.N. Chandler
I have had lots of therapy for my migraine headaches. Combining the low level laser therapy with massage, physical therapy and chiropractic has been amazing. I feel great. Thank you. D.J. Phoenix, AZ
My fibromyalgia makes physical therapy difficult. Your combination of cold laser therapy and massage have decreased my pain and flare ups tremendously. R.S. Sun Lakes, AZ
The cold laser therapy really helped my plantar fasciitis and foot pain. I highly recommend it. H.H. Chandler, AZ