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Laser therapy aims to photo-bio stimulate chemically damaged cells via specific wavelengths of light. When cells are chemically damaged, they stimulate the pain cycle. The laser excites the kinetic energy within cells by transmitting healing stimuli known as photons. The skin absorbs these photons via a photo-chemical effect, not photo-thermal; therefore, it does not cause heat damage to the tissues. Once photons reach the cells of the body, they promote a cascade of cellular activities.
Laser therapy light can ignite the production of enzymes, stimulate mitochondria, increase vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, ATP synthesis, and elevate collagen formation substances to prevent the formation of scar tissues. This is a critical step in reducing long term disabling chronic myofascial pain syndromes. Other formative cells are also positively influenced and immune-enhancing effects are increased in the number of macrophages. Simply stated, patients get out of pain faster and heal at the same time.
Low-level lasers have been used worldwide for over 30 years. The FDA has approved lasers for specific conditions. Over 2500 studies have shown that low-level lasers:
The single most important parameter for success in laser therapy treatment is the correct dosage of sufficient laser energy (Joules) to the target tissue. Dosage is determined by Joules per/cm2 and tissue depth. Too little, or too much laser photonic energy produces suboptimal results. Therefore, there is an ‘Optimal Window’ of therapeutic dosage. The primary factors in laser therapy that determine dosage are Power and Time.
However, 65% of laser energy is absorbed through the skin and subcutaneous tissue layers including blood, melanin, and water. In order to overcome these factors, one must start with large quantities of energy to reach the deeper target cells and myofascial structures with a required dose.
Superficial conditions such as carpal tunnel, sprains, strains, wrists, elbows, etc can be treated effectively with lower doses. However, if you are going to be treating deep tissue spinal injuries, hips, shoulders, and neuropathies the target dose must be higher. (Class IV Laser) Hitting the target dose recommendation is critical. The Class IV MLS Laser delivers deep penetration, high therapeutic dosages, and decreased treatment times. You cannot make up for insufficient power by increasing treatment time. Depth of tissue penetration will not increase with more application time. Positive results require more than increasing time.
The MLS laser is a Class IV laser capable of producing the energy needed to achieve a therapeutic dose for superficial as well as deep tissues. In addition, it also has a patented technology called "Multiwave Lock Sync" which enables less scatter for deep tissue treatment. The Cutting Edge Laser also helps minimize human error by robotically applying the individualized correct therapeutic dosage needed for each patient.
Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses, and doctors as far back as the 1970s. Now, after FDA approval in 2002 (Class III) and 2003 (Class IV), Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, the function is restored, and pain is relieved. Blast your pain away!
Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy: During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
Laser Therapy is proven to bio stimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates the healing process and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain, Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results.
Hometown Chiropractic is one of the few clinics in Utah to offer their patients the latest advance in safe, comfortable, and highly effective pain relief and tissue repair. The Cutting Edge Laser is one of the most technologically advanced therapeutic Class IV lasers approved by the FDA. The MLS Laser is capable of delivering over 100 times more healing energy than the most powerful devices of the previous generation (Class III – ‘Cold Lasers’ – LLLT – Low-Level Laser Therapy).
More power means shorter treatment times, less therapy needed, and immediate pain relief. The Cutting Edge Laser floods the tissues with photons, energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This increases the body’s production of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), expediting the healing process to reduce inflammation and repair damaged tissue.
MLS Stands for “Multi-wave Lock System.” MLS is the name of the technology used that utilizes the patented combination of wavelengths. The 2 wavelengths are synchronized to work together, much like a symphony to deliver superior results. Like two musical instruments playing together in harmony, the patented MLS emission system organizes continuous and pulsed emission providing simultaneous anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in considerably reduced times.
In addition, this unique patented synchronization of multiple wavelengths creates less ‘scatter’ and allows for safe deep tissue treatment. (Scatter can produce heat in the tissues and is the reason why with other Class IV therapeutic laser devices the therapist must keep the laser beam in motion). Treatments take just a few minutes and are painless, however, the therapeutic effects continue to soothe and heal long after the treatment ends.
Numerous studies show that MLS Laser Therapy can help with: