Laser Therapy

We at newmarket manual osteopathy and matrix repatterining clinic are proud to offer an exciting new Therapy to our clinic that we feel will be helpful to many of our clients!
The Laser that we chose to purchase is called the BioFlex Laser. (and trust us when we tell you NOT all Lasers are created equal).
Our BioFlex Laser uses superluminous and laser diodes (240 laser diodes in our model, the most that Meditech International put in an array) to irradiate tissue affected by an injury or a disease process. When the appropriate light source is placed on the skin, photons which are particles of energy, penetrate multiple layers of tissue and are absorbed by a variety of intracellular molecules; this initiates a cascade of beneficial physiological responses, resulting in the restoration of normal cell structure and function.

BioFlex Laser Therapy has been successfully utilized to treat a broad range of medical problems relating to the musculoskeletal system, arthritis, sports injuries, dermal ulcers and dermatological conditions. 

Unlike many modalities and pharmacological solutions which only modulate symptoms or mask the perception of pain, Laser Therapy is directed to treat the underlying condition, curing the problem and thereby its attendant symptoms.

 

What is Laser Therapy?

Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) is the use of light from a Low Intensity Laser Diode or an array of Superluminous Diodes to eliminate pain, accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. Laser Therapy does not heat or cut tissue, unlike high intensity lasers. Many pharmacological treatments mask pain or only address the symptoms of the disease, Laser Therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote healing. This means that the treatments are effective and the benefits of Laser Therapy are long lasting.

 

Is Laser Therapy safe?

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.


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
-Over a cancerous tumour


 



How many treatments are needed?

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 is sufficient; however, on average, 3-25 treatments are required. In some cases, additional maintenance treatments may be recommended.

Frequency of Treatment:

  1. In acute conditions, it may be appropriate to treat patients on a daily basis for 4 days or even longer. Evaluate each treatment response until symptoms subside. This approach is particularly applicable in cases of trauma, herniated discs and acute back problems.

  2. Once the symptoms have diminished, treat three times per week until stable, then reduce to twice per week until improvement is at least 80% or more.

  3. Weekly maintenance therapy may be required with degenerative osteoarthritis for two to three months or even longer in certain instances.

  4. Longer treatment sessions in many situations results in a reduced number of treatments for each condition.

  5. Completion of treatment in acute conditions generally requires one to three weeks. In chronic situations such as degenerative osteoarthritis, one to two months may be necessary. In degenerative osteoarthritis of the lumbosacral spine with stenosis of the spinal canal and/or the foramina, up to 50 treatments may be indicated over a protracted period of time.

Discharge of a Patient from Treatment Program:

Discharge is appropriate when the following criteria are met; i.e. the patient is:

  • Relatively asymptomatic

  • Fully functional

  • No medications are required

  • Quality of life and activity levels have returned to normal Generally from 1 to 30 or more treatments are required de- pending on the extent and severity of the pathology. 



What conditions Laser Therapy can treat and duration per treatment:

Headaches                                                                        45minutes

- Migraine
- Tension
- Cervicogenic
- Post Concussion
- Non-Specific

Facial Pain                                                                        30 minutes

- Dental Problems
- Post Maxillofacial Surgery
- Tooth Extraction
- Gingivitis
- Haematoma
- Auditory Conditions (i.e. middle ear calcification)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
 Tinnitus (ringing in ear)
- Bell’s Palsy

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Dysfunction             30minutes


Cervical Spine / Neck                                                       45minutes

- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Disc Herniation with or without Nerve Irritation,Numbness,Tingling
- Myofascitis
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Osteoarthritis
- Stenosis (Spinal, Foraminal) 


Thoracic Spine                                                                 30minutes

- Kyphosis
- Myofascitis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Compression Fractures
- Osteoarthritis

Lumbosacral / Low Back / Sacrum                                 45minutes

- Osteoarthritis
- Spinal/ Foraminal Stenosis
- Disc Herniation with or without Radiculopathy
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
- Spondylo-arthropathies
- Rotoscoliosis
- Lateral Scoliosis

Shoulder Joint                                                                  45minutes

- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Acromioclavicular Joint Dysfunction (Trauma, Separation, Arthritis)
- Impingement Syndrome
- Repetitive Stress Injury
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Tear of Glenoid Labrum
- Humeral Fractures
- Ligamentous Injuries
- Tendonitis / Bursitis
- Tendinosis (Degenerative Condition) 

Elbow Joint                                                                       30minutes

- Elbow Epicondylitis (tennis elbow & golfers elbow) 
- Biceps / Triceps Tendonitis
- Olecranon Bursitis
- Osteoarthritis
- Ulnar Nerve Pathologies

Wrist                                                                                   30minutes

- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ulnar Nerve Compression
- Fractures
- Osteoarthritis

Hand/Fingers                                                                     30minutes

- Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Osteoarthritis
- De Quervain’s Disease
- Fractures

Hip Joint                                                                            45minutes

- Osteoarthritis
- Tear of Labrum
- Capsulitis / Synovitis
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Legge Perthes Disease 


Groin Pull / Adductor Muscle Injury                               30minutes

Thigh and Leg Muscle Injuries                                        30minutes

- Hamstrings
- Quadriceps
- Hip Flexors

Knee                                                                                  45minutes

- Ligamentous Injuries
- Meniscal Tears
- Tendonitis
- Tendinosis (Jumper’s Knee)
- Osteoarthritis
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Lower Leg                                                                         30minutes

- Soft Tissue Injuries - Myositis / Tendonitis
- Shin Splints
- Anterior Compartment Syndrome
- Nerve Problems  
- Fractures

Ankle and Foot                                                                  30minutes

- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fascitis
- Osteoarthritis
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Stress Fracture
- Metatarsalgia
- Pes Planus (Flat Foot)
- Biomechanical Problems

Rheumatoid Arthritis                                                        30minutes
Fibromyalgia                                                                      30minutes
Osteoarthritis                                                                     30minutes
Tendinosis                                                                           30minutes
Inflammatory Conditions                                                 30minutes




 

HOW DOES THE TECHNOLOGY WORK?

The technology utilizes superluminous and laser diodes to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions, leading to the restoration of normal cell structure and function.

In the short term, the body produces and releases beta-endorphins to control the sensation of pain. Plus, cortisol production is increased to combat the stress associated with the trauma or disease process.

Over the long term, ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is increased resulting in improved cellular metabolism. DNA (deoxyribonucleicacid) production, the protein building block of tissue, is substantially increased. Neurotransmission is facilitated secondary to elevated levels of serotonin and aceytylcholine. Mitochondrial activity is stimulated resulting in cell replication for replacement, regeneration and repair of abnormal cells. And other cellular level changes take place.

The process results in the elimination of symptoms, including pain, and enhances the body’s immune system response, facilitating natural healing.