You can feel better!
Laser therapy is a high-tech solution for people suffering from spinal, joint and muscle pain. It is a painless therapy that promotes rapid recovery from acute and chronic pain. It is a highly effective treatment backed by extensive scientific study.
You don’t have to live with pain. Dramatic healing can be seen when laser light is applied to wounds such as diabetic leg ulcers, large bruises, burns and other stubborn wounds. The same tissue healing can be felt for people suffering from arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament and tendon issues, disc herniation, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, post-surgical recovery and more.
Our Theralase Low Intensity Laser Light Therapy system does not heat or cut tissue, unlike high-intensity lasers. Many pharmacological treatments just temporarily mask pain. Laser therapy treats the underlying condition by promoting rapid healing of damaged tissues. This means that not only are the treatments usually effective in reducing pain and restoring function, the benefits of laser therapy are long lasting, too.
“Light has a way of creating a physiological change within the cells, which leads to positive changes and promotion of healing, anti-inflammatory effects, improved blood circulation, increased lymphatic flow, and edema reduction.” Donald Chu, Director of Rehabilitation and Athletic Training at Stanford University
Laser Therapy FAQ’s
Laser therapy can be used to treat a broad range of medical conditions, including musculoskeletal problems, arthritis, sports injuries, wounds, chronic and degenerative conditions, and dermatological problems. Click below to learn more about how laser therapy can help your condition:
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Muscle pain
- Neck pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Pulled groin or hamstring
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder injuries and pain
- Sports injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fractures
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) – Jaw pain
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Trigeminal neuralgia
More than 1,200 scientific studies have been done on laser therapy over the last 50 years. Excellent results are being achieved, particularly with new breakthroughs in the technology. The laser machine our clinic uses is truly state of the art. Unlike most single-laser machines, the Theralase Laser Light system has nine laser beams in a single probe allowing it to quickly and safely accelerate the healing process. The Theralase laser device used in our naturopathic medical clinic is Health Canada approved and is used in hospital physiotherapy clinics, sports medicine clinics and burn units around the world. This technology emits specific, scientifically tested wavelengths of light that bathe abnormal tissue with photons. Photons are particles of energy that are absorbed by cells, causing a number of positive physiological responses. In essence, light energy is converted into biochemical energy. The therapeutic light beam permits penetration of deep tissues without adversely affecting normal cells. The body’s natural healing processes are enhanced and tissues heal. The process is curative as opposed to just suppressing symptoms.
The laser light therapy is non-invasive, painless, non-toxic, and usually highly effective with no known lasting side effects. Numerous scientific studies have pinpointed the mechanism by which it speeds healing. The specific wavelengths of light used by this system cause the following effects:
- Improved cellular energy and metabolism
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced fibrous tissue formation
- Improved lymphatic drainage
- Increased ATP production
- Faster cell growth, leading to faster repair of injured tissue
- Enhanced DNA production; protein building blocks of tissue are substantially increased
- Facilitation of nerve function
- Modulation of macrophages, fibroblasts and other important cells for tissue remodeling
- Formation of new blood vessels improving blood supply to healing tissue
- Flood of nutrients into cells
Treatments generally last 30 minutes for one area, or 45 minutes for two small areas or one large area – such as one hip or the lower back. The treatments are generally done three times a week. Sometimes in acute injuries, the treatments can be done more frequently.
The number of treatments will vary with regard to the individual problem, as every patient and condition responds to laser therapy uniquely. In a recent clinical report on more than 1,000 patients treated with the laser therapy system, patients averaged slightly less than 10 treatments to resolve their condition. In some patients, one treatment is sufficient; however, on average, three to 25 treatments are required. In some cases, additional maintenance treatments may be recommended.
According to a study tracking 1,000 patients treated with top quality laser therapy , 60% of patients feel benefits after six treatments and a further 20-30% go on to have significant benefit from this therapy. Occasionally, patients feel benefits after the first treatment, and some people feel improvement within three to five treatments.
Yes. Laser therapy should be avoided in the following instances:
- Over the womb for women in their first trimester of pregnancy
- Over cancerous tumors
- Directly over tattoos, the thyroid or the thymus gland
- Patients taking photosensitizing medication
60-minute treatment = $128 (three small areas or one large and one small)
Dr. Macdonald and Dr. Peters offer a complimentary 15-minute consultation to see if laser therapy is right for you. Your doctor will listen to your concerns, examine you, and discuss your treatment options with you. Once you have all the information you need, then you can decide if you wish to embark on a series of treatments. Contact us to get started!