Low Level Laser Therapy

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  • Dr. Anita L Wubbena, has added the Erchonia Laser to his advance sports medicine protocol. Call the office @ for special suling.

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  • has just acquired a cold low-level laser that is made by Erchonia Corporation

Erchonia’ s lasers made history by becoming the first to receive FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic pain, proven through two double blind IRB studies. The Erchonia Lasers are the most advanced lasers on the market, with their sleek revolutionary design, patented line generated beam, and the ability to program independent frequencies in all of their family of lasers.

The Erchonia Low Level Laser, aka cold laser, is a painless, high-tech, non-thermal healing laser light that can transmitted through the clothing and skin to treat the painful, restricted joints and muscles. Erchonia Low Level Lasers have received FDA Market Clearance for treatment of chronic neck pain, shoulder pain, plantar fascistic and heel pain, post-operative pain and post-operative wound pain. Th5 635nm wavelength of laser light has an anti-inflammatory and healing effect on painful tissues. The 405nm laser has an additional FDA approval for Acne.

When you combine, Chiropractic, Physiotherapy Functional Neurology, Nutrition and Laser Therapy you can knock down the walls of pain and suffering, and begin your journey towards healing. It doesn’t matter if it is a new injury, an old injury or condition, Laser Therapy can help start or accelerate your process of healing, and it can do it naturally without the use of drugs or surgery.

Low Level Lasers are an amazing technology that greatly enhance the therapies done by physicians and physical therapists. Exercises, stretches and therapy procedures work at the level of the soft tissues and joints.

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The Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy are many and include:

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Laser therapy can quickly and dramatically reduce acute and chronic pain by:

  • Reduced pain and inflammation

  • Treat pain more effectively than NSAIDS or Opioids

  • Reducing free radical production and oxidative stress

  • Improved blood flow

  • Increased tissue healing time as shown by FDA double-blind studies

  • Increase in cellular energy to in healing aid (production of cellular ATP).

  • Increase in repair of damaged tissue

  • Increased recovery time after injuries and after surgery

Introduction options of conditions that respond to low level laser therapy

There are over 2000 published studies on Low Level Laser Therapy reporting its effectiveness with no negative side effects. Laser Therapy has been FDA Cleared for use with Neck, Shoulder, Carpal Tunnel, Post-Operative and Heel/Foot Pain. It has also shown great benefits clinically with:

  • Sports Injuries

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Acute & Chronic Pain Conditions

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Shoulder Pain / Rotator Cuff Conditions

  • Neck Pain

  • Low Back Pain

  • Sciatica / Leg Pain

  • Degenerative or Herniated Discs

  • Sciatica

  • Musculoskeletal Injuries (such as sports, work or auto accidents)

  • Sprains & Strains

  • Arthritis & Stiff Joints

  • Hip & Knee Pain

  • Post-surgical orthopedic rehab

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • whiplash injury

  • auto accident injuries

  • traumatic brain injuries

  • Acute and chronic concussion symptoms

  • Post stroke rehab

  • Atypical Facial Pain

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Shingles/Herpes Zoster

  • As well as many others

 

 

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Many patients have heard about the many beneficial effects of Low Level Laser Therapy (Aka Cold Laser, Therapeutic laser) but are not familiar with what laser therapy is.

Common Questions about Laser Therapy:

How does the Laser Work?

Low Level Lasers work at the level of the cells by increasing the energy that cells need to regenerate and heal and increase the ability of cells to communicate with each other! The wavelength of the FDA approved Erchonia laser is 635nm. This wavelength of light has been shown to be the best wavelength for improving cellular metabolism, and therefore, improving the healing ability of the cells. One of the key processes that is enhanced is the production of ATP in the mitochondria of the cell. When ATP is increased so is the cells ability to heal and recover from stress or injury. The light energy from the laser initiates a cascade of reactions from the cell membrane all the way to the cell's DNA. This is called cellular amplification; a phenomenon that earned the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1994. Due to the unique ability of the low level laser to speed recovery time, the Erchonia Laser is used to treat world class athletes.

What is cold laser?

Laser is light amplification at specific wavelengths that have been scientifically proven to create healing properties in human cells. Like a plant cell uses sunlight for growth and health, human cells have been shown to respond to light in a similar way.

What is low-level laser?

Unlike high power lasers that use heat and destroy tissue, low energy lasers affect the cellular energy of the underlying tissue. Hot lasers have a thermal effect and have an output of 1MW or above. Cold (or) Low Level Lasers do not have a thermal effect on tissue, lasers that stimulate biological function have an output below 10mw- milliwatts (ten- one thousands of a watt).

How does laser therapy work? (Statement from Erchonia’ s website)

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) or cold laser, is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free modality that is used for a variety of conditions such as, acute and chronic pain, body-contouring, acne and appearance of cellulite.

Housed within the mitochondria, the cell energy manufacturer, are receptors capable of absorbing distinct parameters of light. Think of these receptors like any drug receptors. When we consume a prescription medication, the compound is absorbed by the body and it locates a particular receptor; based upon its molecular design, will bind to that receptor. Once the drug binds, a secondary reaction inside the cell takes place. A similar mechanism is observed when exposing the body to a particular color of light. During a laser treatment, the light will penetrate the skin and is absorbed by this receptor within the mitochondria. Receptor stimulation with light promotes energy production, biochemical reactions, protein and growth factor synthesis, cell growth and proliferation and enhanced blood and oxygen flow. Nothing Heals Faster

Can the Laser treat through my clothing?

Yes. Low Level Laser Therapy can be applied through clothing and it is a common practice in physical therapy and medical settings. The size of the laser light particles (photons) are tiny and can easily move through clothing as well as bandages and dressings on wounds. In fact, the patients that participated in the FDA double blind study for treatment of neck and shoulder pain were treated with the Erchonia laser through their clothing. The study gave the first FDA approval to Erchonia Low Level Lasers in 2002.

What should I feel during Laser Therapy?

Unlike "hot lasers" which are used in medicine to cut tissues and perform surgical procedures, Low Level Lasers are classified as "cold lasers" and are used to enhance healing of tissues. Most patients report that they do not feel the laser light during a treatment but some patients report a slight tingling sensation. Patients commonly feel a decrease in stiffness and tightness in the muscles and joints during and after treatment. Laser Therapy is also used during physical therapy exercises and stretches to activate weak muscles at the cellular level. The patient will see a noticeable difference in manual muscle tests before and after treatment of these weak areas.

Are there any side effects to Laser Therapy?

There are no known side effects to Low Level Laser Therapy. There are over 2000 published research studies on Low Level Laser Therapy with no reported side effects. (Even with all of the studies supporting the safety, we do not recommend laser therapy during pregnancy.)

Are lasers safe?

Yes. When used in the ranges mentioned above lasers are one of the safest devices currently used in healthcare. They are non-ionizing, non-thermal, non-invasive, non- toxic applications so you don’t receive any harmful byproducts. When lasers get too powerful they serve a different purpose such as surgical lasers. These are not “cold lasers”. The only tissues that class 2 lasers are contraindicated with are directly onto the retina.

Does laser therapy hurt?

No. Cold laser does not give ANY perception. The only sensory perception the patient has is if the laser is used with other modalities like electrical stimulation. 

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What makes one laser different from another?

A laser can differ in its wavelength, power source or whether it is a continuous or pulsed wave form. The first lasers were used to cut, cauterize or ablate tissue and were classified as "hot' lasers. "Cold", "Low Energy" or "Low Level" lasers are used to enhance metabolic activity at the cellular level through non-thermal reactions.

What is wavelength? And do the different wavelengths matter?

Light is measured in wavelengths and is expressed in units of nanometers (nm). Different wavelengths have different energy levels and can have various effects on tissue. For example, the Erchonia 3LT™ Laser utilize both 635 nanometers (nm), and 405 nanometers which is found within the "red" spectrum of visible light (400-800 nm) and has anabolic tissue effects, and the 405 nm has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties whereas, radiation that has a wavelength shorter than 320 nm (ultraviolet (UV), gamma rays, x-rays) has ionizing effects on cells and can be harmful even in small doses.

What is the difference between Lasers and LED's (light emitting diodes)?

Lasers are monochromatic (single color wavelength), collimated (non-divergent) and coherent (wavelengths in- phase) in contrast, LED's are neither coherent nor collimated and generate a broader band of wavelengths (multiple). In addition, a significant difference between the two is the power output. The peak power output of lasers is measured in watts, while that of LED's, is measured in milliwatts. Also, LED's usually have a 50% duty cycle, meaning that they are "on" 50% of the time and "off" 50% of the time regardless of what frequency (pulses per second) setting is used.

What are the differences between lasers and regular red-light sources?

Although red light does range in the same wavelengths as cold laser, it is just scattered photons of energy that aren’t easily absorbed into the body. Red light therapies like infrared do have some therapeutic value on the surface (like burn healing) but don’t have penetration and downstream tissue effects like parallel, coherent waves from true laser diodes.

Are all lasers the same?

No. There are heavily researched wavelengths and doses of laser light that have been shown to be the most therapeutic and safest. Research demonstrates that lasers in the range of 630 – 830 nM and doses levels ranging from 0.5 – 10 J/cm2 to be the ideal “sweet spot” for optimal health benefits. This is the reason why the doctors at ACNC only use lasers that meet these specific requirements.

What can lasers help with?

Research has shown lasers to be helpful in almost every tissue of the human body including brain, muscle, bone, cartilage and ligaments. They stimulate nerve function and growth, decrease pain, decrease inflammation, stimulate anti-oxidant pathways, promote wound healing, decrease scar tissue formation, increase blood flow, stimulate new blood flow and speed up recovery time in almost every injury. Lasers have been shown to be safer and more effective than many drugs and surgeries.

How many treatments will I need?

In general 4-12 treatments are necessary to begin the healing process of

tissue, although in some cases relief can begin immediately. Maximum treatment would be 1x per day per area, minimum would be 1x per week to still see results. Multiple areas of complaint may be treated. This treatment cycle may need to be repeated, and eventually spread out.

Will I receive just laser therapy?

Lasers can either be used as a stand-alone or used in conjunction with other modalities and therapies. Because of our vast scope of therapies and conditions we treat you will receive various treatments based on what your needs and exam findings show. If it is indicated that you only need laser therapy it will be provided by itself.

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