Laser therapy has been shown to be effective for both acute and chronic pain and inflammation. At Oregon Natural Medicine we use the most updated technology to help with an array of disorders including:
• Soft Tissue Injuries
• Planter Fasciitis
• Back and Neck Pain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Myofascial Trigger Points
• Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
• Muscle sprains and strains
• Repetitive Stress Injuries
• Neurogenic Pain
• Post-traumatic Injury
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Degenerative Joint Conditions
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
We are proud to offer the 980 nm DIOWAVE Laser. This is a Class IV medical laser. It has provides a safe, FDA approved, non-invasive and effective treatment for pain management using a therapeutic laser. The concentrated application of light energy penetrates into the injured area, promoting the body’s natural ability to heal.
Laser Therapy is a therapeutic medical treatment that utilizes light of a single coherent wavelength (laser). Light energy for therapeutic use has been well documented and is a generally accepted alternative treatment modality for the relief of pain and promotion of tissue repair. The application of light energy to injured tissues promotes a therapeutic elevation of tissue temperature to safely increase local blood flow, lymphatic drainage and circulation to the treated area. In addition to these therapeutic thermal effects, DIOWAVE Laser Therapy acts to produce non-thermal, photochemical reactions in the treated tissue. These photochemical reactions appear to have additional therapeutic effects.
Laser Therapy transfers energy in the form of electrons from a light source to the microstructure of the cell, which is then able to use that energy to facilitate the operation of various cell functions. Damaged, injured cells have lost the ability to produce energy required for cellular repair. Laser Therapy produces millions of electrons per second in such a fashion that they can immediately be used by the cellular systems to facilitate cellular reproduction and repair that subsequently reduces pain. Laboratory studies to date suggest that the use of specific wave length monochromatic light stimulates collagen production, accelerates DNA synthesis, and improves the function of normal and damaged tissue.
The FDA originally approved laser treatment in 2001 as a safe method for reducing back, neck, and joint pain caused by various conditions, including: arthritis, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, injuries, and other causative factors. Therapeutic laser treatment using Class III lasers was approved, and the more powerful DIOWAVE Class IV laser treatment is now the most advanced modality used to treat both chronic and acute pain caused by these various causal factors.
Class III or Cold Lasers vs. Class IV Laser
What is the difference between a cold (Class III) laser and Class IV lasers:
• Cold lasers have a max output of 500mW (milliWatts) of power from one laser beam
• Our Class IV laser is cleared by the FDA for up to 15W (Watts) or 15,000mW (milliWatts) power from one laser beam
Class IV lasers have been shown to reduces inflammation, increases blood flow by up to 500%, and helps alleviate pain in the spine, joints, muscles, and nerves caused by various factors. This is achieved by stimulating rapid healing of the soft tissue.
Therapeutic lasers penetrate the skin tissue with photonic light energy (photobiostimulation), which reaches to the deep tissues and activates the enzymes and metabolic functions of the cells of the target area. The energy stimulates proper cell functioning and speeds up the healing process, thereby reducing pain and inflammation.
The benefits of laser treatment for pain and inflammation include rapid healing of the joints, muscles, and nerve tissues, strengthening of the treated soft tissue, improved blood flow to the affected areas, pain relief, reduced inflammation and an improved immune response.
What benefits are provided to the patient through high power laser therapy?
• Injuries treated with laser therapy heal faster
• Strengthening effect on tissue and bone repair
• Improved blood flow and lymphatic drainage
• Effective means of relief of many pain syndromes
• Improved immune response
What advantages does laser therapy have over other forms of treatment?
Laser Therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery and there are less side effects or risks than other forms of treatment. Depending on the injury, results can often be noticed within the first or second treatment. In addition, it can often achieve results faster than other treatment modalities.
Is Heat Used in Laser Therapy?
The effectiveness of Laser Therapy is not dependent on a thermal effect. The healing energy is delivered to the tissues directly and not through heat. A heat sensation is an indirect effect due to increase in circulation to the treated area.
How does laser therapy cause pain relief
Laser Therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells by blocking the pain transmitted by the cells to the brain, which decreases nerve sensitivity and reduces the perception of pain. This results in decreased inflammation and reduced level of edema. Pain is also decreased due to the production and release of endorphins and enkephalins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals released from the brain and adrenal gland.
How does laser therapy improve Nerve Function?
Laser therapy speeds up the process of nerve reconnection, often eliminating pain, tingling and burning.
It also can accelerate nerve growth and cell repair
Photonic Laser Light penetrates deep within the tissue to accelerate cell reproduction and growth. Laser Light increases energy to the cell, which helps aid nutrient absorption and waste removal. The result is accelerated healing of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and even bone.
How does laser therapy reduce edema and inflammation?
Laser therapy reduces edema, inflammation and congestion by activating vasodilatation that promotes proper lymphatic drainage.
Faster Healing and Reduction of Scar Tissue Formation
Laser therapy increases blood flow to injuries, which increase the rate of healing and reduces scar tissue. Laser therapy has proven effective in treating burns, wounds, and surgery sites.
Acupuncture Point Stimulation
Laser Therapy is an effective alternative to traditional acupuncture treatment. Laser Therapy stimulates acupuncture and muscle trigger points providing musculoskeletal pain relief and better flow of blood flow (sometimes referred to as CHI.
The Noninvasive, Drug Free Answer to Pain
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is an innovative, scientifically based, therapeutic modality. This new technology, offers advanced pain relief and expedited healing times through a process known as photobiostimulation.
Our laser delivers deep, penetrating, photonic energy to bring about profound physiological changes. ATP (Adenosine-triphosphate) production is increased, inflammation and pain reduced and circulation increased at the site of injury. These changes in cellular chemistry are triggered by the laser, making it a true healing modality (in other words, it not only penetrates deep into where the pain is and eliminates it, but it also heals the tissues so that you aren’t just masking the pain, but ending it once and for all).
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and no known side effects or risks exist, that may occur with other forms of treatment. In addition, it can often achieve results faster than other treatment modalities. During the treatment, the patient will feel deep, soothing warmth. This pleasant sensation reassures the patient that the laser is stimulating cellular activity.
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy provides all of the benefits of Cryotherapy (Ice) without the uncomfortable side effects, but instead has all of the benefits of Heat Therapy without the problems of increased inflammation that heat creates; the end-result is that the patient feels good during and especially after treatment.
What Does Treatment Feel Like and When Can a Patient Expect to Experience Results?
Patients typically describe the feeling of warmth and profound relaxation. You can expect to begin to see results in approximately 3-5 treatments. Treatment sessions can range from 10-20 minutes. The majority of pain conditions are resolved in 5-10 treatments. The results are most often permanent. Neuropathy treatment is typically 15-20 treatments and is typically long term if not permanent.
Do safety risks exist that are associated with laser therapy?
High powered lasers are extremely safe; however, it is not used over the eyes due to the sensitivity of the retina, therefore, all patients wear protective safety glasses during the treatment.
Is there any pain or side effects associated with laser therapy?
The high power laser is is completely safe. During treatment, the patient may experiences a gentle warming effect. Some pts report heating, but is generally mild and dissipates quickly after discontinuation of the laser