Laser Therapy, Phototherapy, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Durham Region, Sante Group HealthCare

Laser Therapy, Phototherapy
In Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Durham Region

Laser Therapy, Phototherapy, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Durham Region, Sante Group HealthCare







Laser Therapy or Phototherapy In Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Durham Region

Phototherapy is "a therapeutic physical modality, using photons (light energy) from the visible and infrared spectrum for tissue healing and pain reduction" as defined by the North American Association of Laser Therapy (NAALT). Also known as low level
laser therapy (LLLT), cold or soft laser therapy, low energy laser therapy or laser therapy, the therapeutic light energy can be produced by either LED (light emitting diodes), SLD (superluminous diodes, or super bright LEDs),or low level laser diodes.

Mechanism of Action

Light energy penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the mitochondria of cells of all types. Light energy is converted into bio-chemical energy, restoring normal cell function. This process may take up to 24 hours to complete.

Effects of Phototherapy

. Increases Circulation and Angiogenesis
. Reduces or Eliminates Acute and Chronic Pain
. Reduces Inflammation and Swelling
. Stimulates and Improves Nerve Function
. Strengthens and Repairs Bone and Soft Tissue
. Increases Mobility and Muscle Function

Conditions Treated with Phototherapy

Based on the research and literature:
. Arthritis (osteo and rheumatoid)
. Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain injuries)
. Acute and chronic pain conditions (post operative, neuralgia, fibromyalgia or muscle tension/spasms)
. Soft Tissue injuries, strains and sprains
. Wounds (post operative, acute and chronic)
. Swelling and edema
. Inflammatory conditions (e.g. tendonitis, bursitis)
. Bone fractures and orthopedic implants

Treatment Schedules

Acute Conditions:
Week 1, daily to 3 times per week, after this, 2-3 times per week, 6-15 treatments in total.

Chronic Conditions:
2-3 times per week, up to 15 to 25 treatments in total.

Major Conditions Treated with Laser Therapy or Phototherapy

Whiplash Injuries
Facet Joint Syndrome
Cervical Radiculopathy
Disc Herniations
Migraine Headache
Tension Headache
Cervicogenic Headache
TMJ Dysfunction
Impingement Syndrome
Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Frozen Shoulder
Rheumatoid Arthritis
DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Sciatic Neuralgia
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Chondromalacia Patella
Ligamentous Injuries
Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
Meniscus Injuries
Post-Operative Rehab
Plantar Fasciitis
Wound Healing

About Laser Therapy or Phototherapy

One of the treatments you will be receiving is called phototherapy; it may also be referred to as laser or light therapy. Channelling therapeutic light energy for the purpose of reducing pain has been a widely accepted medical practice for many years.

Your therapist may use phototherapy, which includes the delivery of superluminous diode (SLD) and low level laser therapy (LLLT), for temporary increase in local blood circulation, temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pains, stiffness, and the relaxation of muscles, as well as for muscle spasms, and minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. It may also be used for the temporary relief of hand and wrist pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Phototherapy is a physical treatment modality using SLD and LLLT diodes to emit photons (light) in very specific regions of the electromagnetic spectrum which penetrate the skin stimulating a cascade of clinical benefits. Radiant energy absorbed by elements in mitochondria and cell membranes is converted into biological energy, inducing processes, such as increased local microcirculation, accelerated tissue repair, reduced pain, decreased inflammation and edema, enhanced immune response, and angiogenesis. Phototherapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions, including whiplash injuries, osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, disc herniations, sprains/strains, bursitis, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, and others listed in the table below. Research indicates that phototherapy can accelerate wound and tissue repair by as much as 30- 40%.

It is important to understand that phototherapy is not a cure-all. Occasionally, it may be the only therapy prescribed, but more often it is used in conjunction with other therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments. Your doctor or therapist will determine when phototherapy is indicated, how often it should be used, and the length of each application. The exact frequency of treatment depends upon the individual patient and the conditions being treated. Generally, periodic treatments are continued as long as the condition is present. Treatments may be given as often as 2-3 times per day in acute or serious conditions. In less serious cases, two to three times a week is common early in the treatment program with a gradual reduction in frequency as the patient improves. To receive maximum benefit from your phototherapy treatments, it is important to follow the recommendations and instructions of your doctor or therapist as precisely and completely as possible.

Your doctor or therapist can provide you with a list of contraindications, warnings, precautions, and possible adverse reactions.

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Laser Therapy, Phototherapy, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Durham Region, Sante Group HealthCare


Laser Therapy, Phototherapy In Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Durham Region