Pulsed Laser therapy for pain relief and repair

You can feel so much better!

Laser therapy is a high-tech solution for people suffering from spinal, joint and muscle achiness by stimulating rapid removal of pain. It is a painless and highly effective treatment backed by extensive scientific studies. Thousands of people no longer live with pain thanks to cold pulsed laser therapy.

Dramatic healing can also be seen when laser light is applied to wounds such as diabetic leg ulcers, large bruises, swelling, burns and other stubborn wounds. The same tissue repair will happen for people suffering from arthritis, sinus infections, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament and tendon issues, disc herniation, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, post-surgical recovery and more.

The Theralase Therapy system does not heat or cut tissue, but uses cold pulsed laser beams to treat the underlying condition by promoting rapid healing of damaged tissues, rather than drug treatments that just temporarily mask pain. As a result, not only are the treatments effective in reducing pain and restoring function, but, 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

Theralase Laser Therapy – Questions and Answers

How does it work?
Advantages of low-level laser therapy
How long does a treatment take?
How many treatments might I need?
When would I see positive results?
Is Laser Therapy safe? Can it cause cancer?
Are there any contraindications?
Are there any side effects?
Is the Theralase system a well established laser therapy machine?
How is the Theralase Laser different from other laser machines typically found in medical clinics?
How are the laser therapists trained?
For acute injuries, at what point should one start Laser Therapy?
Can I do other therapies or exercise along with Laser Therapy?
For chronic pain, can laser therapy still work if other therapies have not?
Can laser therapy really help arthritis?
What can laser therapy do for athletes?
What are the fees for Laser Therapy?
Is Laser Therapy covered by extended health insurance or MSP?
What if I’m not sure that laser therapy can help my condition?
How do I get started?

How does it work?

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 I use is truly state of the art. Unlike most single-laser machines, the Theralase laser light system has 1-9 laser beams, enabling fast and powerful treatment of larger areas than with the traditional single-laser probes.

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.

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Advantages of low-level laser therapy

The Laser Light Therapy is non-invasive, painless, non-toxic, and highly effective with no known 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
  • Improvement and repair of nerve function
  • Alteration of macrophages, fibroblasts and other immune cells for tissue repair
  • Formation of new blood vessels improving blood supply to healing tissue
  • Increased nutrient delivery into cells

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How long does a treatment take?

Treatments generally last 15 minutes for one area, or 30 minutes for two small areas or one large area – such as the lower back. The treatments are generally done 2-3 times a week. Sometimes in acute injuries, the treatments can be done more frequently, such as 15 minutes repeated 2 or 3 times.

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How many treatments might I need?

The number of treatments will vary with regard to the individual problem, as every patient and condition responds to Laser Therapy differently. In a recent clinical report on more than 1,000 patients treated with the Theralase Laser Therapy System, patients averaged slightly less than 10 treatments to resolve their condition. In some patients, one treatment is sufficient, however, the average ranges from 3 to 30 treatments. In some cases, additional maintenance treatments may be recommended.

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When may I see positive results?

According to a study tracking 1,000 patients treated with our Theralase Laser Therapy system, 60% of patients feel benefits after 6 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 3 to 5 treatments.

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Is Laser Therapy safe? Can it cause cancer?

Hundreds of research studies have shown Laser Therapy to be safe and effective. Laser Therapy is non-invasive, non-toxic and non-thermal. Unlike other forms of radiation, Laser Therapy is beneficial rather than harmful to tissue. The wavelengths of light used in Laser therapy are even safer than sunlight and they certainly cannot cause cancer.

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Are there any contraindications?

Yes. Laser Therapy should be avoided in the following instances:
• Over the womb for women in their first trimester of pregnancy
• Directly over tattoos
• Patients taking photosensitizing medication

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Are there any side effects?

Occasionally, patients experience some achiness for 24 hours after a treatment. This response indicates that the patient is highly responsive to laser therapy and signals that their tissues are being stimulated by the therapy. If this occurs, use ice and let the therapist know. The therapy will be adjusted slightly to find the most beneficial settings for the individual.

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Is the Theralase system a well-established laser therapy machine?

The Theralase Laser Light system used in my naturopathic medical clinic is Health Canada approved and is used in hospital physiotherapy clinics, sports medicine clinics and burn units around the world.

The Theralase Laser Therapy is being used by an increasing number of physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, veterinarians, naturopaths and dentists across Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. The Meditech Laser Rehabilitation Clinic in Toronto currently performs more 800 laser treatments a week, and that number is steadily increasing.

The Theralase Laser Therapy Systems are also currently being used by a number of sports professionals such as the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Heat, and the Canadian National Ballet Company. Many other high-performance organizations utilize the technology as the first basic treatment for their athletic injuries.

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Is the Theralase Laser different from other laser machines typically found in medical clinics?

YES!  The Theralase Laser Light system used in my naturopathic medical clinic is Health Canada approved and produces a safe, non-heating laser, unlike some lasers used for hair removal and some skin conditions.

Also, the laser machine is more than just a single-probe laser. Treatments are significantly enhanced by triple and multi-diode heads. These state-of-the-art heads create direct contact with the injured area, allowing for optimal coverage and maximum healing power.  What makes it superior is the ability to penetrate up to 4 inches and because it pulses at 1/10,000 of a second, it gives the body the energy to needs to break up scar tissue, bony tissues, adhesions or osteophytes and help the body repair itself.

 

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How are the laser therapists trained?

At my naturopathic medical clinic, myself and assistants performs treatments five days a week. I am a licensed naturopathic physician who has been practicing medicine since 1997. I provide for free, an initial patient consultation and examination to determine the treatment plan. I oversee patients’ progress and trained assistants sometimes perform the treatments. The treatments are done in a comfortable setting in my office.

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For acute injuries, at what point should one start Laser Therapy?

Why suffer any longer than you have to? It is best to start laser therapy as soon as possible after an injury. Laser therapy helps heal acute injuries in at least half the time they would normally require. You’ll return to activities faster, with less scar tissue build up and fewer compensations in related parts of the body.

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Can I do other therapies or exercise along with Laser Therapy?

You can keep up any exercise you had been doing prior to treatments, but it is not advised to start a new exercise or engage in unusual activities, as they may make it harder to assess the progress of your treatments.

Massage therapy is particularly complementary to laser therapy. It may not be the best time to start other types of therapy since it will be hard to track which one is causing the benefits (or side effects). If you regularly see a chiropractor for instance, it is fine to continue treatment with them.

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For chronic pain, can laser therapy still work if other therapies have not?

Most patients with chronic pain who come for laser therapy have, as they say, seen everyone, but, the pain persists. Using Laser therapy really does help to finally remove that pain. It is uniquely effective because it not only removes the pain and inflammation, but, actually heals the tissues that caused the pain. Just because other therapies have failed, don’t give up hope. Hundreds of studies have shown that laser therapy is an effective tool for long-term issues such as back pain, joint issues or inflamed tendons such as tennis elbow and plantar faciitis.

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Can laser therapy really help arthritis?

Yes! Don’t believe that the only treatments for arthritis are drugs or surgery. Laser therapy has demonstrated its effectiveness at helping people with arthritis in more than 50 clinical trials. Animal studies have shown that laser therapy actually stimulates the regeneration of damaged cartilage in arthritic joints.

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What can laser therapy do for athletes?

The Theralase Laser Therapy Systems also are currently being used by a number of sports professionals; the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Heat, Canadian National Ballet Company, along with many other high-performance organizations. They utilize this technology as the first treatment for their athletic injuries. Other athletes who use laser therapy include:

  • Tiger Woods
  • Mark Washington
  • Harvey Stables
  • Donovan Bailey
  • Damon Allen
  • Vince Carter
  • Mark McGwire and many more

Laser therapy helps athletes to recover from acute injuries and it also helps recovery from intensive training regimes.

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What are the fees for Laser Therapy?

The first visit is a 30 minute visit, 15 minutes for the consultation to determine the right laser therapy for you and 15 minutes for treatment. I listen to your concerns, examine you and outline a treatment program for you. I will give you an approximation of the number of treatments you might need

A 15-minute treatment is $50 (generally one small area, such as a wrist, shoulder or wound). If we need to treat a large area it may require 30 minutes and $100.

You can purchase a package of 6 treatments for $270, savings of over 10%.

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Is Laser Therapy covered by extended health insurance or MSP?

Extended Health Plans often cover some or all of the fees for Naturopathic visits and laser treatments. Contact your extended health carrier to determine how much is covered per visit and per year. Patients are responsible for submitting their receipts to their insurance companies for reimbursement.

MSP (Medical Services Plan of B.C.) normally does not cover the services of a naturopathic physician. If you are on their Premium Assistance Program, which subsidizes the MSP premiums of low-income people, then you are eligible for a $23 reimbursement for up to 10 treatments. Those 10 treatments also include visits with chiropractors, massage therapists and physiotherapists.

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What if I’m not sure that laser therapy can help my condition?

I offer an initial consultation to see if laser therapy is right for you. I’ll listen to your concerns, do an exam, discuss your treatment options with you and potentially do an initial treatment. After that visit, you will have all the information you need to decide if you wish to continue with a series of treatments. You can go online for testimonials at: www.theralase.com Contact us to get started!

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How do I get started?

Contact my office to set up a 30 minute consultation to see which laser therapy is right for you. I will listen to your concerns, do an exam and discuss the treatment options with you.

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You can call our office at 250-362-5035 or Skype us at: drbrendagill