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Low Level Laser and LED Therapy

Healing Arts Center is very happy to announce the addition of Low Level Laser and LED Light Therapy to our list of services!

This therapy can be used to effectively treat:

  • Acute or chronic tendinopathies
  • Sprains and strains
  • Neck and back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative pain
  • Tissue healing
  • Other sources of inflammation

Low Level Laser Therapy improves tissue repair (skin wounds, muscle, tendon, bone, and nerves) and reduces nagging pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Treatments take only a few minutes and can be applied two or more times per week.

Low Level Laser Therapy is FDA approved for the relief of joint pain associated with arthritis as well as the increase of local circulation where the light is applied and the relaxation of muscles.

What kind of results should I expect?

Significant reduction of inflammation equal to or better over the counter pain medications such as NSAIDS should be experienced within 2 hours. The pain relieving effects can last for about 48 hours or longer, and the healing time of chronic tendinopathies can be reduced up to 70 percent.

In general, acute conditions may only require one to three treatments. Longer-standing conditions may require as many as twelve treatments. For chronic conditions such as arthritis, a maintenance program may be recommended.

Very occasionally people may experience post-treatment fatigue, mild nausea, or mild euphoria that may last up to 24-48 hours. There may also be a temporary worsening of symptoms if the condition is very chronic or if there has been a recent steroid injection in the location treated.

How does it work?

When cells are stressed, nitric oxide prevents oxygen consumption by our cell's mitochondria, which are the energy powerhouses in our cells. This reduces production of ATP and causes oxidative stress leading to increased inflammation and pain. Low Level Laser Therapy displaces nitric oxide from our cells, thereby reducing inflammation and restoring ATP production, helping tissues heal more quickly. In short, Laser therapy stimulates NORMAL cellular function for fast relief.

In treating with Low Level Laser Therapy, treatment protocol includes three very important steps:

  1. Stimulate lymphatic drainage to reduce edema.
  2. Stimulate the cells around the injury to increase the rate of repair.
  3. Inhibit the nerves related to the site of pain.

Over-the-counter pain medications can actually SLOW the healing process and can also have many unwanted side effects. Laser therapy IMPROVES healing as well as reduces pain and inflammation.

Is laser therapy safe?

Over 400 Low Level Laser Therapy clinical trials have been conducted over the 40 years of its existence. In addition, over 4,000 laboratory studies have been published. It has proven more effective and safer than pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories across a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions.

In addition, there are no age or weight restrictions. This therapy can also be used over metal implants, plastics, stitches, and on patients with a pacemaker.

For a review of clinical data, visit www.thorlaser.com.

Are there any cases that should NOT be treated with this therapy?

In some cases this therapy should not be used. This includes:

  1. There should be no direct radiation in the eyes.
  2. Lasers are contra-indicated over the uterus in pregnant women.
  3. Lasers should not be used over primary or secondary cancerous lesions but may be used for pain relief in terminal stages of illness.
  4. Lasers should not be used over the thyroid gland.
  5. Lasers should not be used over hemorrhagic areas.
  6. People with transplants or who are on immune-suppressant drugs should not be treated with lasers.
  7. Persons with heart disease should not be treated with lasers over the heart area.
  8. Epileptics.

Are there precautions that should be taken in certain conditions?

Yes, there are. These may include:

  1. History of steroid injections in the past 3 weeks. That area should be avoided.
  2. People who have photosensitive reactions or are on photosensitive drugs.
  3. Persons who are on anti-coagulants may have slight bruising.
  4. Persons on anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDS, or steroids may not respond as quickly or experience a mild flare-up of their condition.
  5. When doing darker hairline or top lip areas, a slight burning or prickly sensation may be experienced due to increased light absorption.

Can this therapy be used to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, help hair regrowth, and decrease the appearance of age spots?

A special attachment for LED light is used very effectively for these purposes. Treatments twice a week minimum are recommended until you achieve desired results, then a maintenance regimen is recommended of once or twice per month.

How long does a treatment take and how much does it cost?

Treatments over a specific area usually take around 15 minutes and are $50. Treatments over larger areas such as in fibromyalgia or arthritis can take as long as 30 minutes and cost $90.
An initial evaluation to determine your individual condition and treatment protocol is $69.

How can I learn more?

Call our office for your free consult today! 219-510-5623

Also visit www.thorlaser.com for more specifics and study reports.