LASER THERAPY

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) works by emitting coherent red and near infrared laser beams of light that penetrate the tissue surface and are absorbed by light sensitive proteins in the individual tissue cells. This transfer of energy from light to chemical state excites the cells, accelerating specific therapeutic reactions within the tissues.

The first law of photochemistry states that, “Light must reach the desired tissue depth in order to have a photochemical
effect”. It is this very law that is fulfilled with the
NEW super pulsed technology
utilized at Quality Care.

A 100mW SUPER PULSED laser has a peak power of 50,000 mW delivering the light energy in 200 nanosecond bursts. This drives the light energy much deeper into the tissue without creating a thermal effect at the skin surface.

Traditional 100mW CONTINUOUS WAVE lasers have a peak power of only 100mW and therefore can not penetrate as deeply in the tissues.

EFFECTS OF LASER THERAPY

Laser therapy actually accelerates the different phases of healing rather than altering any of the normal processes that must occur in the body for healing to take place.

WOUND HEALING

  • Laser stimulates the fibroblasts (repair cells) during
    the proliferation phase of healing
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  • Speeds up the production of new capillaries and causes
    temporary vasodilatation which helps supply nutrients
    to the area.

ANTI-INFLAMMATION

  • Laser acts as a modulator of the inflammatory reaction by
    causing a temporary vasodilatation and activating the
    lymphatic system to drain interstitial fluids

PAIN REDUCTION

  • Less inflammation = less edema = less pain
  • Pain messages are based on the local disturbance of the
    sodium-potassium pump across the membrane of a nerve
    cell. Stimulation and balancing of this pump in the cell
    membrane by the light energy reduces this potential
  • Laser also increases the latency period in the
    transmission of the pain message

IMMUNOREGULATION

  • Increasing studies are demonstrating that laser has a
    direct effect on the stimulation of immunoglobulins
    and lymphocytes.

FREQUENCY OF TREATMENTS

Laser therapy has a cumulative effect with each treatment.
The latency period of light in tissue ranges from 24 to 72 hours,
therefore, optimal results are achieved with 2 to 3 treatments
per week.

CONDITIONS EFFECTIVELY TREATED WITH LASER include:

  • FDA Approved for Chronic Knee Pain
  • Acute sprains or strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Joint pain
  • Neck and low back pain
  • Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis

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