Laser Light Medicine
Laser Therapy BioFlex
Laser Therapy / Cold Laser Therapy / Low Level Laser Therapy
Cold laser or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the application of laser light over injuries, lesions, burns, pain, inflammation and other disorders to stimulate healing within those tissues and cells. It has been studied for over 30 years and is now commonly used worldwide to successfully treat many kinds of musculoskeletal injuries, repetitive stress injuries and for acupoint therapies because it promotes healing and tissue repair.
How do Cold Lasers work?
When laser light is absorbed by a living tissue, it triggers biological reactions in the cells. Chemical substances are produced, released and carried by blood and lymphatic flow to other parts of the system. In this way the effects of cold laser light may not be only local, but can also achieve wide systemic effects. Here are some of the specific physiological responses:
- Reduction in pain by causing the production of natural pain killer endorphins.
- Reduction in inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes that create swelling, redness, pain, and heat and enhance the release of anti-inflammatory enzymes.
- Enhanced lymphatic drainage, which increases circulation and speeds healing.
- Release of tight muscles that create chronic pain, joint problems, and decreased mobility.
- Faster bone repair by stimulating fibroblastic and osteoblastic proliferation.
- Low level lasers in the correct frequency appear to be anti viral and antifungal.
What Health Conditions can Cold Laser be applied to?
Cold Lasers may work for acute or chronic injuries, pain or inflammation. These are some of the conditions where it can be helpful:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Headaches and migraines
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Burns and cuts
- Tennis Elbow
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Chronic Fatigues
- Migraine headaches
Treatments can last between 30 minutes to over 1 hour depending on the condition and area being treated. These time frames are based on very specific protocols set out by your clinician to maximize the benefits in the shortest period of time.
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 over 1,000 patients treated with the BioFlex Professional Laser Therapy System, patients averaged slightly less than 10 treatments to resolve their condition. In some patients, 1 treatment may be sufficient; however, on average, 3-25 treatments are required. In some cases, additional maintenance treatments may be recommended. Like many other modalities, the total number of treatments depends on the age, severity, chronicity, and nature of the condition as well as factors regarding the patient’s age, overall health, and even exercise levels.
Insurance coverage for Laser Therapy varies depending on the professional designation and/or qualifications of the therapist and the insurance plan. Every insurance company is different and every plan within each insurance company may vary so so recommend you contact your company and ask if you have coverage for Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, as the Laser Therapy sessions are supervised by those clinicians.
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 BioFlex Laser Therapy system is FDA and Health Canada approved. There are very stringent safety protocols have have to be met to ensure complete and continuous patient safety. (please refer to the BioFlex website for more information on this)
Yes. Laser Therapy should be avoided in the following instances: Over the womb for women in their first trimester of pregnancy (as there have been very little studies on this) Over cancerous tumours (as we do not want to increase angiogenesis and blood flow to such areas)
Meditech International Inc., the makers of the BioFlex Laser System, is highly active in studying the clinical applications of Laser Therapy, particularly for conditions where current medical approaches are ineffective.
BioFlex is a highly sophisticated therapeutic device that combines the benefits of Low Intensity Lasers with Superluminous Diodes for the effective treatment of many medical disorders. Developed and engineered by Meditech International Inc., BioFlex represents the most significant technological advancement in Laser Therapy.
BioFlex Laser Therapy is able to influence the pathology directly at the cellular level, resulting in therapeutic benefits that are long lasting and address the underlying condition or pathology. This is unlike many other conventional treatments which treat only the symptoms or site of pain, without addressing the source of pain.
BioFlex Laser Therapy is being used by an increasing number of physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, veterinarians, naturopaths and dentists across Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Meditech Laser Rehabilitation Clinic currently performs over 800 laser treatments a week, and that number is steadily increasing. The BioFlex Laser Therapy Systems are also currently being used by a number of sports professionals: The Toronto Raptors, The Toronto Maple Leafs as well as the Toronto Blue Jays, the Miami Heat, the Canadian National Ballet Company along with many other high performance organizations utilize the technology as the basic treatment platform for their athletic injuries.
Laser Therapy is an adjunctive treatment to the other modalities. Where the outcomes of GT, ART, and other techniques may be to break down scar tissue and release adhesions, Laser therapy is intended to stimulate the cells to produce more proteins as a process of cell healing. LLLT is not a replacement of those other treatments but rather a supplement treatment to ensure that the cells and tissues heal as optimally as possible. For more detailed information, research articles, and testimonials, please visit www.bioflexlaser.com
Musculoskeletal Applications include: Repetitive Stress injuries; Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyalgia, Tendonitits, Bursitis, Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis, Planter Fasciitis, Epicondylitis, Rotator Cuff Tear, Degenerative conditions of the spine, shoulders, knees and many other applications.
Background to treatment: “Meditech International Inc.was founded by Fred Kahn, M.D. FRCS(C) in 1989. Over the past 25 years, the company has developed the BioFlexSeries of Low Intensity Laser Therapy Systems, the most advanced and effective devices available on a global basis. Incorporating basic research, scientific knowledge and clinical expertise, the company has developed protocols for a vast array of medical conditions including soft tissue and sports injuries, arthritis, back problems, wounds and may dermatogical problems. Protocols are refined on an ongoing basis at the Meditech Rehabilitation Centres where 800 treatments are administered on a weekly basis. Clinics using BioFlex Laser Therapy Systems are established worldwide and over 2 million treatments have been administered without any significant complication or adverse effects.” www.bioflexlaser.com