In 1917 Albert Einstein presented mathematical equations that were later used in the 1950’s to make the fist lasers. Medical use of lasers began in the 1960’s for surgical procedures and to address a variety of inflammatory ailments including acute and chronic pain, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel symptoms, arthritis, fibromyalgia, ligament strains, tendonitis, soft tissue injuries and muscle strain.
In the early 1970’s while researching lasers for cancer therapy, Hungarian doctor Endre Mester found that low level laser accelerated wound healing around surgical sites. His studies set the stage for more than 2,500 published studies on laser therapy, 120 of them double blind studies.
The goal of laser therapy is to deliver light energy units to damaged cells. This light stimulates mitochondrial production of ATP (energy chemicals) to move from a state of cellular disease to a state of stability and health. Laser light stimulates release of pain killing endorphins, suppresses unhealthy tissue damaging inflammation, enhances lymph drainage, increases circulation, speeds healing and reduces edema. Additional benefits include relaxation of tight painful muscles, improved nerve function and enhanced bone repair. The laser light frequencies used at this clinic also show antiviral, antifungal and antiherpetic value. While European studies have shown laser therapy to be an effective adjunct for over 200 conditions, here in the US the FDA has cleared it primarily for pain management.
Laser devices used at this office are FDA approved and combine laser/light therapy and electrical neurostimulation. Specifically, a combination of pulsed laser, pulsed red light, infrared light and static magnetic field. This pulsed delivery system is more effective than continuous and modulated lasers, and free of possible side effects due to thermal damage. The combination of light frequencies allows for deep tissue penetration and healing.
There are a few contraindications for laser therapy including pregnancy (over the uterus), cancer (over the tumor site), directly over the thyroid gland, and with immune-suppressed individuals.
In conclusion, low level laser therapy is safe, effective and beneficial for the mitigation of many painful conditions. It is easily applied and treatments are typically short in duration with results seen after just a few visits.
I hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter. As always, questions and comments are welcome.
Jon Dunn, ND
Naturopathic Health Care, Inc.
Dr. Jon Dunn,
Licensed Naturopathic Doctor
Laser therapy, a form of phototherapy, is gaining worldwide recognition for its ability to reduce pain and enhance healing without drugs or invasive surgery. Low level laser therapy, not the Darth Vader kind, is safe, non-invasive and free of side effects. It speeds recovery time, increases joint flexibility and reduces inflammation.
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Laser light stimulates realease of pain-killing endorphins, suppresses unhealthy tissue damaging inflammation, enhances lymph drainage, increases circulation and speeds healing.
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