Relief from Neck Pain with Laser Therapy
Do you suffer from neck pain? Do you have old injuries that have left you with chronic pain or do you notice numbness and tingling in your hands? These are complaints that I hear commonly in my naturopathic medical practice. Over the years the neck is subjected to repeated stress, trauma, wear and tear. Degenerative changes in the neck can result in osteoarthritis of the spine, disc degeneration, and nerve impingement. Pain can also result from muscle strain, spasm and/or injuries to ligaments. All of these problems can cause a variety of symptoms including pain, stiffness, and headaches as well as pain, tingling and numbness down the arm and hand. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer with a lifetime of neck pain. There are safe natural therapies that can help.
Could elaborate on pressure on the nerve root… disc isues, degen or trauma… facet joint mobility issues, osteophytes..
The majority of individuals with chronic or acute neck pain do not experience a significant degree of resolution of symptoms with conventional therapeutics. In fact, between 50-85% of those affected, experience recurrent neck pain for 1 to 5 years after diagnosis, according to Dr. Fred Kahn, MD.
There is a safe and effective treatment for neck pain called Low Level Laser Therapy. Over 21 randomized controlled clinical trials have investigated the benefits of Laser Therapy in relation to neck pain. The prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, published a meta-analysis of 16 well designed clinical trials on Laser Therapy and neck pain. This ground breaking research concluded that Laser Therapy reduces neck pain immediately after a series of treatments and the benefits were maintained up to 5.5 months after the completion of treatment. Other studies have reported that acute neck pain with symptoms radiating down the arms (radiculopathy) treated with Laser Therapy, provided effective relief of pain in the arms and an increased range of neck mobility compared to placebo procedures. Another published study of osteoarthritic neck pain concluded the Laser Therapy is successful in relieving pain and improving function.
The advantage of laser therapy over other forms of therapy for neck pain, is that laser therapy is a non-invasive, non-toxic approach that has virtually no adverse effects. Moreover, it delivers consistent, highly effective results. Laser Therapy works by facilitating rapid healing of tissues. At the cellular level it improves cellular metabolism, increases production of ATP (cellular energy), enhances conduction of nerve signals, and regenerates cellular components of tissues. Healing of various tissue types has been demonstrated, including cartilage, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
Many physiotherapy clinics employ a single laser probe device. In my clinic, I have been using a high tech, state of the art Laser Light system that employs large multi-light pads that can bathe the tissues in healing light over a longer period of time. The system I use also has a high powered laser probe that is able to deliver infra-red light at a high intensity to facilitate rapid healing. A typical laser light therapy session lasts 40 to 70 minutes. Treatments occur about three times a week over a 2-5 week period, depending on the severity of the case. Laser therapy has been proven to help patients overcome back pain, arthritis, sports injuries, wounds and more. It is an effective, affordable and risk free way to help you overcome pain and get on with enjoying your life.
For more information or to book a free 15 minute introductory consultation with Dr. Deidre Macdonald contact her Naturopathic medical clinic in downtown Courtenay at 250 897-0235 or via www.getwellhere.com