Low Level Laser Therapy

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660 Jadwin Ave. Suite A, Richland, WA 99352

Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser)

 

Laser-3In the 1980’s, a German biophysicist by the name of Fritz Popp discovered that cells have little light (photon) receptors on their membranes.  These receptors allow information from the outside of the cell to travel to the inside, and the information from the inside of the cell to travel to the outside.  This is how cells talk to each other; a chain reaction of photons.

The photons generated by a low level laser are at a specific wavelength that can be readily absorbed by the cell’s energy generator (mitochondria).  This stimulates the mitochondria to produce its ATP fuel (energy), and the cell is able to function more efficiently.  Think of it as a way to “fill up the tank” so the cell can do its job.

International Research has shown that Low Level Laser Therapy can cause:
1.    Rapid cell growth
2.    Faster wound healing
3.    Anti-inflammatory action
4.    Increased cell metabolism
5.    Reduced scar tissue formation
6.    Increased blood and lymphatic flow
7.    Improved nerve function  
8.    Improved cellular vibration

The Cascade Effect:  During your actual treatment, the low level laser is applied to the skin or through light fabric.  Most patients do not feel anything during their treatment, although some patients have described it as a slight tingling feeling.  The superficial tissue cells are directly influenced.  As those cells begin to operate more efficiently, they share those photons with the next layer of cells and then the next layer.  This process can go on for 2-3 days after your treatment, so you can often see improvement during that time period.  (How cool is that???)

 

What types of conditions does the laser treat?


We have had success in our clinic treating the following types of conditions:

  • Arthritis:  Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid, Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Soft tissue injuries:      Strains/Sprains, Tendonitis, Bursitis
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Inflammatory conditions (including some types of inflamed discs)
  • Wound management:  Poor healing wounds, wound fatigue, pre & post-surgical.
  • Some dermatological conditions:  eczema/psoriasis
  • Fractures:  both simple and surgically repaired.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger finger

 

Pre & Post Surgery support:  By treating the tissues prior to surgery we have found the patient experiences less bleeding, less swelling and less pain during and immediately after the surgical procedure.  As soon as the patient is able to resume laser treatments after surgery, we continue at 1-2 times per week.  Recovery time is usually significantly shortened with the patient requiring less pain medication and less scar tissue is formed.

In some cases, the condition was treated using other therapies, such as chiropractic and massage therapy.  But in other cases, the condition was treated successfully with the low level laser therapy alone.

For patients in generally good health, with a mild-moderate condition, or an injury like a fracture or surgery, the positive changes were permanent.  For patients with moderate-severe chronic conditions or other health complications, occasional “tune-ups” were required to maintain the progress or needed to address flare-ups.

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marker660 Jadwin Ave.
Suite A
Richland, WA 99352