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Low Intensity Laser Therapy to relieve pain…

penetration diagramWhat can you do if you’ve tried every conceivable way to relieve pain? You’ve been treated by anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone, painkillers, physiotherapy, massage and maybe surgery. Yet the pain continues unabated.

Laser Therapy has been successfully used to treat a broad range of medical conditions, including musculoskeletal problems, arthritis, sports injuries, post-surgical wounds, diabetic ulcers and dermatological conditions.

Low Intensity Laser Therapy uses red and infrared light for the relief of pain, to accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. When the light source is placed against the skin, the photons penetrate several centimetres and get absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of a cell. This facilitates tissue repair and accelerates wound and tissue healing. The Low Intensity Laser Therapy is non-invasive, non toxic and often provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to other therapies.

What makes Low Intensity Light Therapy [LILT] so effective?

Laser treatment for arthritis.LILT gives a jump-start to the body’s natural healing process. Unlike many pharmacological treatments that mask pain or only address the symptoms of disease, Low Intensity Laser Therapy treats the underlying condition to promote and accelerate healing time. Treatments are often very effective and the benefits are long lasting.

Treatments can last between 15 minutes to over 1 hour depending on the condition and area being treated. The number of treatments will vary with regard to the individual problem as every patient and condition responds to Laser Therapy uniquely. A free consultation with your Acupuncturist will enable you to better understand the best treatment plan for you.

Low Intensity Laser Therapy is being used by an increasing number of physicians, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, veterinarians, naturopaths and dentists across Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.

The Toronto Raptors, The Toronto Maple Leafs as well as the Toronto Blue Jays, the Miami Heat, the Canadian National Ballet Company along with many other high performance organizations utilize the laser therapy technology as the basic treatment platform for their athletic injuries.

LILT could be the answer to your chronic pain and healing.

In the last three years, five systematic reviews have found in favour of LLLT

  • BMJ sports medicine journal, systematic review of surgical and conservative interventions for frozen shoulder found “strong evidence” for LLLT. (2010)
  • The International Association for the Study of Pain (Global Task force on musculoskeletal pain) found “strong evidence” for Low Level Laser Therapy on myofascial pain syndrome. (2010)
  • American Physical Therapy Association guidelines recommend LLLT for Achilles tendonitis. (2010)
  • Lancet systematic review: “LLLT reduces pain immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain”. (2009)
  • World Health Organisation (Bone and Joint Task Force) for neck pain Low Level Laser Therapy “more effective than no treatment, sham, or alternative interventions” (2008)
  • In August 2010 The Lancet reported that the systematic review of LLLT for neck pain was in their top 20 most downloaded papers for 2010.

Providing Pain Relief for Arthritis

Laser Neck Pain Treated TV Interview

The Lancet review of laser for neck pain said that one in four of us will suffer severe neck pain at some point in our lives. This is a TV interview with Dr. Roberta Chow who has been using Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) / cold lasers for pain management and wound healing in her practice since 1988. See how this new technology is changing peoples lives for the better without surgery, needles or analgesics.

Dr. Ken Gordon MD on how he uses Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Introduction to LILT

Laser Smoking Cessation

This is an impressive clinical trial by a hospital in Great Britain for the National Health Service (government insurance).

LLLT can also be used instead of needles for acupuncture and is ten times more effective than patches, gum or hypnotherapy according to the results from two NHS trials in Scotland.

THOR Low Level Laser Therapy LLLT Wound Healing

This Diabetic patient had a non-healing wound. LLLT was used to heal it.

THOR LLLT Treatment of Sports Injuries

Realtime Video of Cellular Response to Pulsed Near Infrared

Realtime video of cellular response to near-infrared “light”. Read all about the work of Guenter Albrecht-Buchler, Ph.D. Dr. Albrecht-Buchler is a Professer of Cell Biology & Anatomy, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago; Fellow, European Academy of Sciences, Brussels and Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin. He has over 30 years experience in cell biology research.

Bioflex Laser Therapy, CTV News

The Unexpected Results: A Laser Therapy Success Story

An Innovation in Light Therapy

A promising new use for light-emitting diode (LED) therapy to improve cognition in chronic, traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been reported by Naeser, et al., in the journal, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, Epub ahead of print, December, 2010 (print publication April, 2011). This is particularly significant since 1.4 million individuals in the US are affected by TBI each year. The two case reports involved closed-head, mild TBI.

Animal studies have shown that transcranial, near-infrared (NIR) light reduced the amount of brain damage in mice when treated in the acute stage of TBI (Oron et al., 2007); and improved memory has been observed in middle-aged mice (Michalikova et al., 2007). There are two reports showing significant improvement in stroke outcome in humans, when treated within the first 24 hours poststroke (Lampl et al., 2007; Zivin et al., 2009). This report by Naeser, et al. is the first report of transcranial LED therapy used in humans with TBI. Red and NIR combination LED cluster heads (each cluster head, 2-inch diameter) were applied over the forehead, midline of the head, and frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital areas. Treatments were either weekly (or daily), at 13 Joules/cm2 per area on the skin/scalp surface (estimated 0.4 J/cm2 at 1 cm deep, at brain cortex). It is painless, and non-invasive.

The first case is a 59 year F, who sustained a closed-head injury in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) in 1997. Her head snapped backwards against a rigid headrest. X-rays and MRI were normal. At 5 months post-MVA, she was diagnosed by a neurologist as having post-concussive syndrome, and told she may never recover. She was a member of Mensa and subsequently resigned from all professional work (a web-designer) due to cognitive dysfunction. She was only able to work at the computer for 20 minutes at a time. She was first treated with transcranial LED therapy at 7 years post-MVA. Following 8 weeks of treatment she was able to work at the computer for 3 hours at a time. She purchased a home LED unit and after 6 years of transcranial LED therapy, continues to work at the computer for 3 hours at a time (now age 72).

The second patient is a 52 year F, with a history of multiple concussions without loss of consciousness. In 2007, after falling backwards from a swing (with loss of consciousness), she was unable to concentrate, stay on task or multi-task. In 2008, she went onto medical disability due to her cognitive dysfunction. Neuropsychological testing showed results consistent with frontal lobe dysfunction. After 4 months of home, transcranial LED therapy, she discontinued her medical disability and returned to work full-time. Her post-LED neuropsychological testing showed significant improvement on tests of executive function, inhibition and memory.

The success of transcranial LED therapy in these cases points to a broader application in other cases of traumatic brain injury, including in football players, other sports-related TBI, Veterans returning after blast-related (IED) injuries; and even children and teenagers.

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