What is Bioflex Laser Therapy?

July 26, 2019 by Balmain Osteopaths
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Bioflex Laser Therapy is a system of light based treatment designed by Dr Fred Kahn MD, a medical physician based in Canada. Dr Khan is an experienced and highly skilled vascular surgeon, who left the field of surgery to study lasers after personally experiencing its health-giving benefits. He has been an innovator and leader in the field of laser therapy for over thirty years, and has developed the Bioflex Laser Therapy system, which is specifically designed by clinicians for clinicians.

The Bioflex Laser Therapy system delivers light in therapeutic wavelengths using both Super Luminous Diodes (SLD) and Laser Diodes to deliver researched treatment applications. The Bioflex system consists of large, flexible SLD arrays which deliver red and infrared light sequentially over a large surface area, and laser diodes which deliver focused light aimed at specific areas of tissue damage, such as muscles, tendons or joints. The Bioflex three-step process of red light, infrared light delivered by an array of SLDs, followed by red and/or infrared light delivered by laser, makes it possible to deliver light therapy to tissues at increasing depths, allowing for a comprehensive treatment process.

Bioflex Laser Therapy is unique in both its design and its treatment protocols, which have been informed by research in the field of photobiomodulation (light therapy), and by in-house research at Meditech International, which develops the technology and operates the largest laser dedicated treatment clinic in the world. Providing over 800 treatments per week, Meditech Rehabilitation Centre has developed its treatment protocols for an extensive range of clinical conditions over many years.

Our osteopaths have received training and accreditation from Meditech International, who run a training program for clinicians whose scope of practice includes Laser Therapy. The Bioflex Laser Therapy certification program covers laser safety, physiological effects, developments in research and clinical applications for treatment.

Laser Therapy delivers particles of light called photons in the red and near infrared spectrum. These particles of light energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, initiating a cascade of complex physiological reactions, which many lead to the improvement of normal cellular function (1). These biological responses include modulating inflammation, stimulating cellular repair mechanisms, and enhancing recovery from trauma and injury (2, 3).

Low Level Laser Therapy has been shown in clinical trials to be effective at reducing signs and symptoms of inflammation and pain (4, 5), which are two key mechanisms underlying a myriad of musculoskeletal conditions. In clinic, we find that many regions and tissues of the body are amenable to light therapy. The results can vary depending on how long the problem has been there, which tissues are involved, how much tissue damage is present, and individual variability based on the genetic makeup of the cells.

Dr Khan and his Bioflex Laser Therapy system are featured in Dr Norman Doidge’s New York Times best-selling book “The Brain’s Way of Healing“, which is an inspiring and educational read for those wishing to know more.

References

  1. Bioflex Laser Therapy (2018). The science of light. Retrieved from https://bioflexlaser.com/science
  2. Khalighi, HR. Mortazavi, H. Mojahedi, SM. Azari-Marhabi ,S. & Abbasabadi, FM. (2016). Low Level Laser Therapy versus Pharmacotherapy in improving Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Journal of Lasers in Medical Science. Winter, 7(1):45-50
  3. Bjordal, JM. Johnson, MI. Iversen, V. Aimbrie, F. & Lopes-Martins, RA. (2006). Low-level laser therapy in acute pain: a systematic review of possible mechanisms of action and clinical effects in randomised placebo-controlled trials. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. Volume 24, Number 2:158-168
  4. Chow, RT. Johnson, MI. Lopes-Martins, RAB. & Bjordal, JM. (2009). Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials. Lancet. Nov 2009
  5. Christie, A. Jamtyedt, G. Dahm, KT. Moe, RH. Haavardsholm, EA. & Hagen, KB. (2007). Effectiveness of norpharmacological and nonsurgical interventions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: an overview of systematic reviews. Physical Therapy. Dec 2007
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