Class IV Laser Therapy Healing your pain…changing your life.
What is the Apollo Class IV Cold Laser? Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
It is a therapeutic non-surgical medical grade laser that is non-invasive and painless. Penetrates 2 to 5 inches into the muscle or injured area, with infrared light, to stimulate a new healing cycle. These effects include improved soft tissue healing, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. The therapy is precise, accurate, safe, and effective. Non-addictive and free of side effects.
What does it do?
Low Level Laser Therapy works to stimulate the damaged muscles, ligaments, nerves, bones, joint and soft tissue to re-grow and heal injured cells and tissues. Patients will experience an increase in joint mobility accelerated wound healing, decreased inflammation and scar tissue formation.
How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
Low-level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible spectrum. When low level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. It is proven that light transmitted to the blood in this way has a positive effect throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.
Regarding the Treatment:
- What does a treatment feel like? There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
- How long should it take? The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
- How often should a patient be treated? Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. Most chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.
- How many treatments will a patient need? This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 10 to 15 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
- How long before results are felt? The patient may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can Laser be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
YES! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, shockwave therapy, active release technique, and even following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
What are the Benefits of Class IV Cold Laser Therapy?
Doctors, dentists, physical therapists, chiropractors and other medical professionals use cold laser therapy in a variety of ways. The main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair and relief from pain and inflammation. Beyond a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, including chronic low back pain, sports injury, whiplash, there is more.....
Anti-inflammatory/Healing: Laser increases ATP, which is stored energy [ATP is the acronym for adenosine triphosphate]. This increased energy accelerates the repair processes of the cell. Laser also causes a widening of the arteries and veins around the injury which helps to remove damaged cellular debris and increase nutrients and oxygen. White blood cell activity is enhanced leading to a more rapid repair process. Dentists use cold lasers to treat inflamed tissues in the mouth and to heal ulcerations. Doctors also use it to treat inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic autoimmune diseases.
Aches and Pains -Pain clinics use it to help people who suffer from chronic pain. Therapeutic massage therapy sometimes involves cold laser therapy. Laser decreases nerve sensitivity by decreasing bradykinin; a pain eliciting chemical. It normalizes ion channels [cellular gatekeepers] and releases endorphins [body’s natural pain reliever] and enkephalins [related to endorphins] that produce an analgesic effect. It also has a pain-blocking effect on certain nerve fibers. In lay-man’s terms, laser therapy decreases pain.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles are repaired faster. Cold Laser also increases the number of stem cells, which enhances healing.
Accelerated wound and tissue healing -Cold laser therapy is being used to treat hard-to-heal wounds, including wounds related to diabetes. The cold laser promotes rapid cell growth and reproduction
Laser light stimulates the building blocks of collagen, which is important in the wound healing of damaged tissues. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair injuries. As a result, the laser is effective on open wounds and burns. Also Laser light increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, which speeds up the healing process, and closes wounds quickly.
Skin Rejuvenation -Cold laser therapy is used to promote skin rejuvenation. Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from repetitive motion injuries, cuts, scratches, burns or surgery by improving collagen synthesis and organizing new cells. Dermatologists use it to treat various skin problems such as ulcers, burns, inflammation of the skin (edema), and rashes (dermatitis).
Minor Injuries and Sprains -Sports medicine and physical therapy practices use cold laser therapy in the treatment of minor injuries and sprains. It is used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue.
Are you the right candidate for Cold Laser Therapy?
At Friendswood Chiropractic, Dr. Monir Moghaddam is 100% committed to helping you achieve the pain-free and lifestyle you deserve. If you are wondering if cold laser therapy and other chiropractic care services can help you, call Friendswood Chiropractic today at 281.993.9100 to schedule your initial appointment.
What are the Benefits of Class IV Cold Laser Therapy
- Relieves acute and chronic pain
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
- Increases blood supply
- Stimulates the immune system and nerve function
- Develops collagen and muscle tissue
- Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
- Stimulates faster wound healing and clot formation
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis
- Reduces pain caused by osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia
- Reduces pain from plantar fasciitis / diabetic foot ulcers
- Increases of cell metabolism
- Improves blood circulation and vasodilation
- Promotes cell growth
Trigger and Acupuncture Points: -Acupuncturists use cold laser therapy for clients who are uncomfortable with needles. The low-level laser beams can stimulate your acupoints the same way needles do, but without piercing your skin. Common Conditions & Symptoms Treated with Auriculotherapy….
- Cold and Flue
- Ear infection
- Menstrual Cramps
- Motion Sickness
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pain Control
- Stop Smoking
- Weight Control
The potential for new applications of cold laser therapy is virtually limitless. There is hope that it will someday be used to treat traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and degenerative nervous system diseases. Researchers are studying its use in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, among other illnesses.