Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy Clinic - Mississauga

About Laser Therapy

BioFlex Laser Therapy is being used by an increasing number of physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopaths and dentists across Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Meditech Laser Rehabilitation Clinic currently performs over 800 laser treatments a week, and that number is steadily increasing.

The BioFlex Laser Therapy Systems have also been used by a number of sports professionals: The Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Miami Heat, the Canadian National Ballet Company and other high performance organizations.

Laser therapy is the use of light from a Low Intensity Laser Diode or an array of Superluminous Diodes to eliminate pain, accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. LLLT is also known as cold laser, low intensity laser therapy or photobiomodulation.

Laser therapy does not heat or cut tissue, unlike high intensity lasers. Many pharmacological treatments mask pain or only address the symptoms of the disease; laser Therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote healing. This means that the treatments are effective and the benefits of laser therapy are long lasting.

 

Laser Therapy at MyHealth Care Centre

At MyHealth Care Centre, our manual osteopath which utilizes the laser therapy machine is certified and have had years of experience in laser therapy. Our clinic utilizes top of the line techniques in order to ensure you are able to experience life pain-free Our most important goal is to allow individuals to have a good sense of control over their health. This in addition to the advanced techniques MyHealth Care Centre has to offer will allow patients to maximize their quality of life as well as allow them to experience life to their fullest.

If you would like to experience laser therapy and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

 

Cold Laser Therapy (LILT)

Laser therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission from a low intensity laser diode (250 milliwatts or less) or an array of high intensity super luminous diodes (providing total optical power in the 1000-2000 milliwatt range). Conditions treated include musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions and wounds. The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell morphology and function. This also enhances the body’s natural healing processes. The following outlines some of the specific effects of Low Intensity Laser Therapy.

* Non-invasive
* Non-toxic
* Easily applied
* Highly effective
* Cure rate > 95%
* No known negative side effects

This dynamic emerging technology utilizes super luminous and laser diodes to irradiate abnormal tissue with photons. These are particles of energy that are absorbed by a variety of micro-molecules within the cell, a process which initiates a number of positive physiological responses. In essence, light energy is converted into biochemical energy. The result - normal cell morphology and function are restored. The process is curative and as logic dictates, symptoms disappear.

The monochromatic coherent and polarized characteristics of the therapeutic light beam permit penetration of deep tissues without affecting normal cells. Again, it should be noted that the end result is curative with regard to the pathology, rather than symptom modulation, the conventional approach for the management of pain.

Where is BioFlex Laser Therapy in use today?

Across Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, BioFlex is being used by an increasing number of physicians, chiropractors and physiotherapists. In the twelve years that the therapy has been available at Meditech, more than 100,000 patients have received successful treatment with the BioFlex and its predecessor systems.

The technology is currently being utilized in thirty countries. The Toronto Raptors and The Miami Heat of the NBA, The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays, have also used BioFlex for their injured players with excellent results. In addition, many athletes from the world of golf, hockey, tennis and increasingly ballerinas, figure skaters, gymnasts and other performers in artistic sports are experiencing the positive effects of this therapy.

What about the negative effects of radiation?

Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) produces radiation as photon energy in the visible and near infra-red regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Worldwide research conducted over the past thirty years indicates that normally functioning cells are not adversely affected by this type of irradiation. Unlike other forms of radiation, i.e. x-ray, etc., this process is beneficial rather than harmful to tissue.

Thermal lasers vs. LILT

High power or thermal lasers can produce a substantial amount of heat. This destructive potential makes high power laser a key component in industrial applications such as cutting and welding. Thermal laser combines power and precision and therefore has many beneficial uses in surgical and ablative procedures.

Unlike thermal lasers, the low intensity laser beam is ‘soft power’, athermal and can stimulate cellular regeneration and natural healing. Red and infra-red lasers with power outputs in the range of 10 to 250 mW belong in this category, in addition to superluminous diodes up to the 2000mW level.

Low intensity laser energy stimulates cellular function at many levels including metabolism; in essence it promotes the initiation of multiple physiological and beneficial effects in the repair and function of human cells. LILT is widely used in the medical and cosmetic fields, principally because it is non-destructive to the target tissue­, while positively affecting many functions such as collagen formation, cellular metabolism, angiogenesis, lymphatic flow, etc.

When should I use heat vs. cold?

Physiotherapist in Mississauga use thermotherapy is to alter tissue temperature in a targeted region over time for the purpose of inducing a desired biological response. The majority of heat and cold therapies are designed to deliver the thermal therapy to a target tissue volume with minimal impact on intervening or surrounding tissues.  Cryotherapy and thermotherapy are useful adjuncts for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and soft tissue injuries. Using ice or heat as a therapeutic intervention decreases pain in joint and muscle as well as soft tissues and they have opposite effects on tissue metabolism, blood flow, inflammation, edema and connective tissue extensibility.

What are the physiological effects of laser therapy?

By affecting and reversing the offending pathology at the cellular level, laser therapy optimizes the restoration of injured tissues to function normally, thereby alleviating the symptom of pain. The beneficial effects of laser therapy are cumulative over the course of a series of treatments.

Short Term Effects
* Production and release of beta-endorphins (these are morphine like substances produced by various cells in the body that inhibit the sensation of pain)
* Cortisol production is increased (cortisol is the precursor of cortisone). This enables the body to combat the stress associated with trauma or the disease process
* The short-term effect is significant in 5-10% of cases during or after the conclusion of the initial treatment, but is not as important as the long term or cumulative effect

Long Term Or Cumulative Effect
* ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is increased resulting in improved cellular metabolism
* DNA (deoxyribonucleicacid) production; protein building block of tissue is substantially increased
* Neurotransmission is facilitated due to elevated levels of serotonin and aceytylecholine
* Mitochondrial activity is stimulated resulting in cell replication etc. (i.e. replacement, regeneration and repair of abnormal cells)
* Modulation of macrophages, fibroblasts and other cells
* Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
* Regulates cell membrane potential, essential in Na, Cl and K ion transfer (electrolyte balance)
* Cytokines and other chemicals enhancing cellular communications are released

Other Effects
* The immune response is stimulated
* Lymphatic drainage is improved
* The histamine response is positively altered
* Production of growth hormone is increased
* The body’s natural healing processes are enhanced

The beneficial physiological changes noted above are the result of tissue regeneration and cellular stimulation. Many other positive activities are modulated including the humoral and cerebral spinal fluid effects which are highly significant and are currently under investigation in research laboratories to accurately delineate the scientific aspects of this process.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments will vary with regard to the individual problem. Just as every medical condition varies, so will the individual response to therapy. The onset of pain relief as a result of treatment varies depending on each patient's response to Low Intensity Laser Therapy. In a recent clinical report on over 1,000 patients treated with the BioFlex Professionaal Laser Therapy System, patients averaged slightly less than 10 treatments to resolve their condition. In some patients one treatment is sufficient, in others up to 50 may be required.

Can laser therapy be used with other forms of treatment?

Yes, laser therapy is even more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and soft tissue mobilization and following surgery.

Laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate cellular processes, promote tissue healing, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.

Here are some scenarios where laser therapy might be used alongside other treatments:

  1. Physical Therapy: Laser therapy can complement traditional physical therapy techniques by providing pain relief and promoting tissue healing, allowing patients to engage in exercises and activities with less discomfort.

  2. Chiropractic Care: Chiropractors may use laser therapy to reduce inflammation and pain in conjunction with spinal adjustments and other manual therapies.

  3. Orthopedic Treatments: Laser therapy can be used alongside other orthopedic treatments such as joint injections, bracing, or orthotic devices to enhance pain relief and promote tissue healing.

  4. Dermatological Treatments: Dermatologists may use laser therapy alongside topical medications or other dermatological procedures to treat conditions such as acne, psoriasis, or wound healing.

  5. Dental Treatments: Dentists may use laser therapy to promote tissue healing following oral surgeries or in the treatment of conditions like periodontal disease. It can be used alongside other dental treatments such as antibiotics or scaling and root planing.

  6. Cancer Treatments: In some cases, laser therapy may be used alongside other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy to help manage symptoms such as pain or to promote tissue healing after surgery.

How many treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 2 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. More chronic conditions may require 10-15 sessions. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

Here are some factors that can influence the number of laser therapy treatments needed:

  1. Condition Being Treated: Some conditions may respond more quickly to laser therapy than others. For example, acute injuries such as sprains or strains might require fewer treatments compared to chronic conditions like arthritis or neuropathy.

  2. Severity of the Condition: The severity of the condition can also affect the number of treatments needed. More severe or longstanding conditions may require a longer course of treatment compared to milder or more recent injuries.

  3. Type of Laser and Parameters Used: Different types of lasers and treatment parameters (such as wavelength, power, and duration) can affect treatment outcomes. Some lasers are more powerful or penetrate deeper into tissues, which may influence the number of treatments required.

  4. Individual Response to Treatment: Individual responses to laser therapy can vary. Some patients may experience significant improvement after just a few treatments, while others may require more sessions to achieve the desired results.

  5. Frequency of Treatments: The frequency of laser therapy treatments can vary depending on the treatment protocol prescribed by the healthcare provider. Treatments may be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on the condition being treated and the patient's response to therapy.