Cold Laser Therapy
Theralase Cold Laser Therapy
Tomorrow’s health & wellness care today
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold Laser Therapy utilizes specific light wavelengths to interact with body tissues and influence healing for a variety of acute and chronic conditions.
Cold Laser Therapy works at the cellular and atomic level, carrying electrons back into the body, and re-energizing normal and damaged cells. Our Cold Laser Therapy system is truly tomorrow’s health and wellness care today.
Cold Laser Therapy Helped Reduce My Pain & Swelling
Charlene tried massage therapy, acupuncture and physio therapy at other treatment centers to try and help with her knee pain that had little success.
Charlene came to Clear Health Inn and had a Free Consultation to determine the best route of treatment. Charlene did two rounds of Cold Laser Therapy which promoted localized healing and noticed a HUGE decrease in swelling, less pain and discomfort.
“I seen a HUGE decrease in swelling of the knee, less pain & discomfort”
Much of the safety and effectiveness of cold laser therapy lies in its ability to trigger the body to heal itself.
Penetrating into targeted tissue, laser light stimulates mitochondria in target cells to produce additional ATP, which fuels cell repair and regeneration. The laser simply jumpstarts the healing process and since the laser used operates within a specific wavelength range that is non thermal (the “therapeutic window”), there is no risk of tissue damage or other complications.
A wide variety of studies on the safety and effectiveness of cold laser therapy have been conducted by medical professionals from across the globe. Theralase also regularly conducts research and clinical trials to support the use of and discover new applications for laser technology.
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
- Acute injuries
- Chronic pain
- MVA’s(motor vehicle accidents)
- Head/neck injuries, headaches
- Sleep disorders
- Intractable pain patterns
- Scar tissue
- Inflammation of all kinds
- Keloid scars
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Craniosacral balancing
- Lymphatic drainage
- Delayed non-union of fractures
- Neuromuscular/neurological disorders
- Non-surgical facial rejuvenation
A: Therapeutic medical lasers heal tissue ailments by injecting billions of photons of visible and /or invisible laser light deep into tissue structures. Tissue naturally contains protein strands called chromophores and cytochromes located in the mitochrondria of a cell, which have the unique ability to absorb laser light energy and transform it into chemical energy for the cell. This chemical energy is utilized by the tissue to significantly accelerate the healing process and reduce pain in the body naturally.
A: There are thousands of published studies that describe the positive effects of laser therapy. These studies range from studies on individual cell types to in vivo double blind control studies. The areas of study range from wound healing to muscular skeletal conditions and have been conducted on different types of laser devices. Medicine is a very good medical database search engine that can provide abstracts and can sell literature. There are also many books on the subject. One very good text is “Low Level Laser Therapy – Clinical Practice and Scientific Background”, written by Jan Turner & Lars Hode.
A: The depth of penetration of laser light depends on many parameters such as the laser’s wavelength, the power, the type of device driver (pulse or continuous wave mode) and lastly the technique used. The higher the wavelength typically, the deeper the penetration; however, with wavelengths greater than 950nm the water in the tissue absorbs light and the depth of penetration is drastically reduced in addition to causing heat. Secondly, devices of greater power can provide better penetration. Thirdly, the peak power of the unit is the most critical factor in providing depth of penetration. Thus, devices which are true pulsed have better penetration versus continuous wave devices because they have greater peak power densities for superior photon concentrations at depth. *The TLC-1000 series of Therapeutic Medical Lasers can provide a direct penetration of tissue 5 cm into tissue and an indirect penetration up to 10 cm.
A: Typically, clinicians calculate the Energy Density (E.D.) in J/cm2 for a specific treatment using the following equation:
E.D. (J/cm2) = (Average Power (Watts) x Time (seconds)) / Surface Area (cm2)
Time (seconds) = (E.D. (J/cm2) x Surface Area (cm2)) / Average Power (Watts)
The surface area is the beam spot size of the laser device used. Since the beam spot size in true lasers is usually quite small, typical E.D.’s for treatment protocols are in the hundreds of J/cm2. Some manufacturers of weaker power devices will advertise use of E.D’s less than 10 in order to advertise shorter treatment times.
Since many clinicians use the grid technique and direct contact on the skin, the surface area in the above equation should be 1 cm2. This makes calculating treatment time very straightforward. It also becomes evident that devices with higher average powers will take less time to obtain the same density.
A: Since laser energy is absorbed by water, hemoglobin and melanin, different people will require different dosages so that the target tissue of interest obtains the desired energy density. The depths of the target will also play a major part in this decision. Since light energy will be absorbed by other tissues that lie between the target tissue and the skin surface, one should increase the dose to obtain the desired dosage at the target site. In order to bio-stimulate the tissue, light must reach the target in a sufficient dose otherwise bio-stimulation will not occur.
A: No, although one must never shine the laser directly into the eye. Otherwise, we recommend that laser devices not be used on the abdomen of a pregnant woman, in the presence of photosensitive compounds or directly on any cancerous tissue.
A: The major difference between laser light and normal light is the laser beam’s ability to travel long distances without being dispersed. This is known as coherence, and it enables the laser to focus its power within a small circumference. Pulsated laser light has been shown to have a strong therapeutic effect on cells and muscle tissue. A Theralase cold laser, for instance, doesn’t produce heat or cut organic tissue like industrial lasers or surgical lasers. Instead, it pulses a focused or culminated light beam at body tissue (bone, skin, muscle, etc.) which in turn has profound beneficial effects on the functioning of human cells the building blocks of the body.
A: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints causing swelling and tissue damage. RA is different than non-inflammatory problems of the joints and often mistaken for Osteoarthritis, which is inflammation caused by wear and tear on the joints. Cold laser treatment works by reducing the pain and inflammation caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis. The initial treatment schedule can vary dependent upon the severity of the condition and the length of onset, though the average patient will receive 2-3 treatments per week for a duration of 10-25 treatments. Since RA is an autoimmune disorder and is non-curable, in order to maintain quality of life a patient is placed on a maintenance program of one to two treatments per month thereafter to maintain pain reduction, inflammation and increased range of motion.
A: Photon dosage is defined as the amount of light at tissue depth determined by the amount of light delivered to the tissue surface, affected by both power and time.
A: The attenuation or diminishment of light through tissue follows a 1/e formula significantly reducing the amount of light at tissue depth. To provide better treatment outcomes a practitioner needs to maximize the amount of photon light at the tissue surface by increasing the power of the laser and time of the treatment. The limiting factor with laser is the amount of light that tissue can absorb non-thermally, this is known as the Maximize Permissible Exposure or MPE. To date, a super-pulsed laser, flickering off and on, delivers the most amount of photonic energy without exceeding the MPE.
A: Laser irradiation is dose dependent. In a recent clinical study by our clinical researchers 100mW of power with the Theralase TLC-1000 was too much power for a mouse knee joint and only increased the iNOS expression 200%, but 25mW of power, which was more suitable for a mouse knee joint, increased the iNOS expression 700%. This is startling evidence that can now help us further fine tune our laser protocols.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT COLD LASER THERAPY
After experiencing years of pain from shingles nerve pain, I was able to be treated in the hyperbaric chamber at Clear Health Inn. This, in addition to cold laser and other treatments at this facility are very beneficial. Thanks to Dr. Cadili and his professional staff, I am much improved. I was very pleased to be the first patient in the new hyperbaric chamber.
~ Lorne Tilson