Laser Therapy

 

City Centre Chiropractic is excited to be able to offer cold laser therapy for sports injuries, arthritis and a variety of other chronic or degenerative conditions.

Technology behind Laser Therapy:
This exciting new technology involves the application of light energy introduced onto the skin at specific power levels and wavelengths in order to penetrate the tissues of your body.  These particles of energy are absorbed by a variety of small molecules within your cells, a process which initiates a number of positive physiological responses.  In essence the light energy is converted into biochemical energy which leads to a cascade of effects resulting in the restoration of damaged cellular structure and
function.

 
The characteristics of the therapeutic light beam permit penetration of deep tissues without affecting normal cells.  It should be noted that the treatment aims to cure the pathology, rather than control the symptoms which is the usual approach for the management of pain. 
 
Advantages of Laser Therapy:
Cold laser therapy haas a number of advantages over typical treatments for pain. The treatment is easily applied, non-invassive and non-toxic, yet remains highly effective both clinically and scientifically. After 15 years of clinical application and research there still are no known negative side effects to the therapy.
 
Physiological Effects:

Short Term:
•    Production and release of beta-endorphins (substances that inhibit the sensation of pain)
•    Cortisol production is increased. 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 after the conclusion   
     of the initial treatment, but is not as important as the long term or  
     cumulative effect

Long Term:
•    ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is increased resulting in improved 
     cellular metabolism
•    DNA production - protein building blocks of tissue are greatly increased
•    Communication between cells is facilitated
•    Mitochondrial activity is stimulated resulting in cell regeneration and repair
•    Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
•    Regulates cell membrane activity and electrolyte balance

Other:
•    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 healing potential of low intensity laser therapy extends to a wide range of medical conditions.  Some of the problems most effectively treated are listed below.

General:
• repetitive strain injuries
• fibromyalgia
• carpal tunnel syndrome      
• relfex sympathetic dystrophy
• rotator cuff tears                  
• temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction
• tennis/golf elbow
• achilles tendonitis



 
 
 
Injuries:
• ligament and tendon tears
• contusions
• soft tissue injuries                
• facet joint syndrome                     
• bulging/herniated discs 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inflammatory:
• tendonitis
• bursitis
• myositis  
• plantar fasciitis
• synovitis               
• rheumatoid arthritis      


 
 
 
Degenerative:
• osteoarthritis
• numbness/nerve pain
• chondromalacia patella     
• patello-femoral syndrome
• spinal stenosis pain                
• pain from bone spurs                       


 
 
 
The beneficial physiological changes noted above are the result of tissue regeneration and cellular stimulation. Like with any medical treatment, results will vary from person to person.