Low Level Laser Therapy

Balmain Osteopaths are proud to be the first osteopaths in Australia to introduce BioFlex laser therapy treatments into their clinic. Laser therapy facilitates natural healing by enhancing the body’s immune system response and is known alternatively as cold laser, low level laser therapy, soft laser or photobiomodulation.

The technology involves the use of either a laser diode or light-emitting diodes that emit a specific spectrum of light which is absorbed by the cells of the body.

Why Is It Known As Soft Laser Or Cold Laser?

Low intensity Laser Therapy does not heat, cut or damage tissue, unlike high intensity lasers. The therapy is completely safe with no significant adverse side effects. The specific spectrums of light used in Low Intensity Laser Therapy have been scientifically proven to induce changes in cell physiology.

 

How Does Photobiomodulation Work?

Once the laser light is absorbed by the cells, a cascade of physiological reactions are initiated leading to a reduction of inflammation, stimulation of cellular repair mechanisms, and healing from trauma and injury.

The result of these processes are the reduction or elimination of symptoms including pain, restored function and improved quality of life. In this way Low intensity Laser Therapy is rehabilitative and in some cases curative.

The physiological effects of Laser Therapy include an increase in:bo3

Protein synthesis

– Collagen, DNA, connective tissue cells (fibroblasts)
– Increased strength of muscles, tendons and ligaments

ATP (adenosine triphosphate)

– The fuel of the cell required in facilitating cell metabolism

Endorphins

– Naturally produced analgesic to reduce the sensation of pain

Stimulation of

– Immune response
– Lymphatic and venous drainage (reduction of swelling/oedema)
– Angiogenesis – formation of new capillaries and arterioles resulting in improved circulation and tissue oxygenation

bo4 Clinical Benefits Of Laser Therapy:

▪ Reduces or eliminates pain.

▪ Reduces the need for pharmaceuticals

▪ Restores range of motion and physical function

▪ Non-invasive / Non-toxic

▪ No known significant adverse effects

▪ No drug interactions

▪ Often makes surgical interventions unnecessary

▪ Provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to conventional therapies.

 

Read more here – Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized placebo or active-treatment controlled trials

Low Intensity Laser Treatments are clinically effective for:

Soft Tissue and Sports Injuries

– Ligament/tendon/muscle tears

– Knee dysfunction (meniscal/ligament tears)

– Fractures

Repetitive Strain Injuries

– Rotator Cuff Injuries

– Tennis Elbow/Epicondylitis

– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Inflammatory Conditions

– Tendonitis (supraspinataus/Achilles, etc)

– Plantar Fasciitis

– Rheumatoid Arthritis

Read More here –  The Anti-Inflammatory Mechanism of 635 nm Light-Emitting-Diode Irradiation Compared With Existing COX Inhibitors

Back Problems

– Degenerative Osteoarthritis

– Spinal Stenosis

– Sciatica

– Disc herniation

– Muscle and joint pain/inflammation

Read More here –  Effect of Diode Laser in the Treatment of Patients with Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Others

– Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction

– Lymphedema

– Gout

– Neuralgia

– Fibromyalgia

– Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/ Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

How long does laser therapy treatment take?bo7

Treatments are typically thirty minutes to one hour in duration depending on the condition being treated. All treatments are conducted on site at our Balmain clinic.

Are there any side effects?

Unlike pharmaceuticals and other therapeutic options, laser therapy is non-toxic and non-invasive with no reported significant adverse effects.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments will depend on how long-standing or chronic the condition is and the extent of the pathology involved. Based on the genetic make-up of the cells, an individual’s response to LILT will vary to some degree. A recent clinical review, including 1,000 consecutively treated patients, revealed the average number of treatments to be 9.4.

 

More On Our BioFlex Laser Therapy System

The Bioflex Laser Therapy system has been developed by Dr Fred Kahn and is the exact same system which is featured in the New York Times bestseller “The Brain’s Way of Healing” by Dr Norman Doidge.

Two of our Osteopaths, Kristine Lunny and Ellen Scott, have been trained by Dr Kahn’s clinic. They are the first practitioners to offer treatment with the Bioflex Laser system in Sydney.

For more information visit Dr Kahn’s blog at http://fredkahnmd.com

Dr Norman Doidge’s website at http://www.normandoidge.com

For more information visit www.bioflexlaser.com

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