Cold laser therapy is one of the most effective healing therapies in the medical community today. Photons, which are particles of electromagnetic energy, are emitted from the low power laser. These particles enter the tissues and are absorbed in the mitochondria, which are tiny structures within the substance of each individual cell. The energy is converted to chemical energy within the cell. The permeability of the cell membrane changes which in turn produces various physiological effects. These physiological changes affect a variety of cell types including macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells and mast cells.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free way to help decrease pain and increase the speed at which tissues heal. Among its many benefits, laser therapy helps to:
- Reduce swelling by decreasing the amount of inflammatory cells at the injury site
- Speeds up nerve cell processes, which may decrease numbness associated with
- reduces formation of scar tissue
- accelerates cell reproduction for faster wound healing.
What conditions can be effectively treated with laser therapy?
Tendonitis Muscle Strains
Plantar Fasciitis Rotator Cuff Injuries
IT Band Syndrome Tennis Elbow
Golfer's Elbow Ankle Sprains
Arthritis Whiplash Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Neck Pain
Low Back pain Fibromyalgia
Neuropathic Pain Disc Degeneration
Failed Back Surgery Facet Syndrome
Muscle Spain/Strain Migraines
Therapeutic ultrasound has been used in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions for years, primarily because it effectively promotes healing in the injured tissue and helps reduce pain. Its ability to penetrate deeper than other heat-based modalities facilitates a beneficial effect on deep muscle tissue. Ultrasound can treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, such as tendonitis, muscle spasms, bursitis, fasciitis, edema, sprains, contractures, and adhesions.
The basic benefits provided through this treatment include:
Increased elasticity of collagen in tendons, joint capsules, and scar tissue.
Increased motor and sensory nerve conduction velocities, which assists in reducing pain.
Altered contractile activity to skeletal muscle, which reduces muscle spasm.
Diminished muscle spindle activity, another factor in muscle spasm reduction.
Increased blood flow
Electro-Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is a concept whereby electric impulses mimic signals from the Central Nervous System (the brain and spinal cord) and cause contractions of the voluntary muscles, the muscles we can control. In medicine, EMS is used for rehabilitation purposes. It has become a mainstream method prescribed by physicians and practiced by specialists for rehabilitation after injury. In this use, a muscle atrophied during forced rest following an injury, can be helped to speed up muscle strength gain.
EMS is also used widely in sports. It can be used on the body parts for which sport training is sought and have a variety of programs for different training goals such as:
maximum strength (similar to weight training)
explosive strength (for training the execution of fast sport movements)
recovery (decreases the delayed onset of muscle soreness, DOMS).
Interferential current (IFC) therapy is a treatment to aid the relief of pain and the promotion of soft-tissue healing. Tiny electrical impulses are induced into the tissues in the area of the pain. Where these waves intersect below the surface of the skin, the low-frequency stimulation induces the body to secrete endorphins, which are the body's natural pain-killers. Most patients find interferential therapy to be very beneficial and describe the treatment as being relaxing and having a 'pins and needles' sensation.
What conditions can be effectively helped, or relieved with IFC?