Therapeutic Laser Technology – A revolutionary Solution for Orthopedic Physiotherapy
Johari Digital brings one more technology into the family – Laser Therapy. The device – WinLase is based on the proven principle of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also knon as Cold Laser. It brings most up-to-date treatment methods for pain relief and healing. Clinicians are using laser therapy more often to help reduce pain and inflammation related to many common conditions. Thousands of doctors and patients have experienced the power of laser therapy and are familiar with its therapeutic effects. Studies have also shown that lasers help in wounds healing. They also help the body to repair tissue damage caused by injuries, arthritis or other diseases.
Laser Therapy for Pain Relief?
The answer is surprisingly YES!
Laser therapy is relatively new, and an alternative treatment to some types of pain. Laser Therapy has been effective for treating several pain conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, herniated discs, sprains/strains and fibromyalgia and all other inflammatory conditions. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality. Laser therapy can stimulate all cell types including muscle, ligament, cartilage, nerves, etc., so a number of conditions can be treated by laser therapy. Some of conditions that may typically be treated by laser therapy include :
CARPEL TUNNEL SYNDROME
KNEE & NECK PAIN
How Laser Therapy works on Pain?
Laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates healing while using low levels of light. These lasers come under Class IIIb medical devices.
The technique is “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light aren’t enough to heat the body’s tissue. Laser Therapy is used by the clinician and doctors to heal wounds and pain. The level of light is quite low as compared to other forms of laser therapy, such as those used to destroy tumors and coagulate tissue.
During this procedure, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skin layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin). Different wavelengths and outputs of low-level light are applied directly to a targeted area. Once the light energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, The body tissue then absorbs the light. It initiates a series of events in the cell that result in healing damaged or injured tissue, promotes regeneration, reduction in pain & inflammation and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intra-cellular metabolism.
Immediate and Long Term Benefits
The patient benefits and results of laser therapy have been significant. The greatest benefit of LLLT to the patient is that they experience immediate relief. Patients that undergo laser therapy are likely to heal 50%-60% faster and with recovery in their range of motion, strength and overall better functional movement. Although you’ll feel the laser device touching your skin, the procedure is painless and non-invasive. You will feel no vibration or heat. Each treatment takes only a few minutes.
Faster Wound Healing
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles are repaired faster.” The laser therapy is effective on open wounds.
Aches & Pains
Laser decreases nerve sensitivity by decreasing a pain eliciting chemical called bradykinin. It normalizes ion channels and releases endorphins [body’s natural pain reliever] and enkephalins [similar to endorphins] that produce an analgesic effect. It also has a pain-blocking effect on certain nerve fibers.
Laser increases ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), which is stored energy. This increased energy accelerates the repair processes of the cell. Laser also causes widening of the arteries and veins around the injury which helps to remove damaged cellular debris and increase nutrients and oxygen. White blood cell activity is enhanced leading to a more rapid repair process. Also, some molecules that increase inflammation are reduced, and beneficial antioxidants like superoxide dismutase are increased.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from repetitive motion injuries, cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.” Laser light also improves vascular activity. It increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, which speeds up the healing process, and closes wounds quickly.
Safe, Effective and Non-Invasive Treatment
Laser therapy, in general, is safe, effective and non-invasive to use. Laser therapy can be of value in the mitigation and elimination of many painful conditions. Unlike surgical lasers, cold lasers do not heat up the body’s tissues. It can be easily applied to patients and has relatively short treatment time, depending on the power output of the device, the wavelengths used and the size of the area to be treated. It may harm your eyes if you look directly into the laser, so you are asked to use protective eyewear. But there are no known, permanent or serious side effects from laser therapy treatment.