Cold Laser Therapy
Recently our clinic added Laser Therapy in order to speed up the healing time of our patients. Laser Therapy is a non-surgical, drug free therapy that has the power to eliminate or significantly reduce your pain and speed up healing by up to 3X. Five to ten brief treatments with this powerful laser is all it may take to realize life changing results. Spinal decompression re-hydrates discs and reduces disc bulges/herniation while Deep Tissue Laser Therapy draws circulation to the area to speed up the repair up to 3X. The laser works in conjunction with spinal decompression or can work all by itself for a variety of other aches and pains.
How Does Laser Therapy work?
Pain results from trauma, inflammation, malfunction, or less than optimal cellular function. Healing and pain relief come with cellular normalization. Laser light enables cells to perform optimally by stimulating them, initiating bio-chemical reactions, which promotes healing.
Laser Therapy works by flooding the tissues with photons, energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This produces a cascade of healing responses in your body, reducing inflammation, thereby reducing or even eliminating your pain.
With Laser Therapy patients see quicker results, faster treatments and improved outcomes.
What Does Laser Therapy Treat?
Laser Therapy to relieve YOUR back pain.Laser Therapy can dramatically reduce the pain associated with the following:
Low Back Strain
Bulging, Herniating or Slipped Discs
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Post Surgical Recovery
Headaches, including Migraine
Sports Injuries (Pulled Hamstrings, Calves Etc.)
And many more joint, muscle, circulatory and inflammatory conditions
Is Laser Therapy Painful or Dangerous?
There is no discomfort during treatment, simply a deep, gentle warmth as your body's cells respond to the light. There are no known side effects. It is non-invasive and non-surgical. On patients with tattoos or scars from surgery we are more careful as those area tend to heat up more easily.
What Is Photobiomodulation Therapy?
Photobiomodulation therapy is defined as a form of light therapy that utilizes non-ionizing light sources, including lasers, light emitting diodes, and/or broadband light, in the visible (400 – 700 nm) and near-infrared (700 – 1100 nm) electromagnetic spectrum. It is a nonthermal process involving endogenous chromophores eliciting photophysical (i.e., linear and nonlinear) and photochemical events at various biological scales. This process results in beneficial therapeutic outcomes including but not limited to the alleviation of pain or inflammation, immunomodulation, and promotion of wound healing and tissue regeneration. The term photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy is now being used by researchers and practitioners instead of terms such as low level laser therapy (LLLT), cold laser, or laser therapy.
The fundamental principles that underpin photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy, as currently understood in the scientific literature, are relatively straightforward. There is consensus that the application of a therapeutic dose of light to impaired or dysfunctional tissue leads to a cellular response mediated by mitochondrial mechanisms that reduce pain and inflammation and speed healing.
The primary target (chromophore) for the process is the cytochrome c complex which is found in the inner membrane of the cell mitochondria. Cytochrome c is a vital component of the electron transport chain that drives cellular metabolism. As light is absorbed, cytochrome c is stimulated, leading to increased production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the molecule that facilitates energy transfer within the cell. In addition to ATP, laser stimulation also produces free nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species. Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator and an important cellular signaling molecule involved in many physiological processes. Reactive oxygen species have been shown to affect many important physiological signaling pathways including the inflammatory response. In concert, the production of these signaling molecules has been shown to induce growth factor production, to increase cell proliferation and motility, and to promote extracellular matrix deposition and pro-survival pathways. Outside the cell, nitric oxide signaling drives vasodilation which improves microcirculation in the damaged tissue, delivering oxygen, vital sugars, proteins, and salts while removing wastes.
“I used to get up several times a night with pain in my hands from arthritis. I went to several different Doctors regarding my hands. None of them found a solution for me. My wife went ... for her back pain and the treatments helped her immensely. While there, I mentioned my hand problems to the Doctor and he said he had something that might help. He recommended Deep Tissue Laser Treatments .... The Laser Therapy treatments really helped. After the treatments I am able to sleep all night. The pain is gone. Thank you ... for all your help and I would greatly recommend them to anyone.”
~ Kenneth K.
“Back in December of last year, I started to experience extreme arm pain, to the point where I could hardly use my arm. I had to stop exercising and other activities I enjoyed. This pain wouldn't go away. I was having monthly massages which only slightly helped the pain. After 7 months of pain, I finally went to a Doctor which ended up doing nothing to help. That is when fate brought me to Dr. Zuccaro. I tried the Laser Treatments. Three treatments later I am 100% pain-free! Dr. Zuccaro relieved me of horrible pain I suffered with for a year. I will be back every time I have any sort of pain. They are wonderful!”
~ Lynne G.
“As a professional athlete, it is extremely important that I am treated by the most knowledgeable and experienced doctors and that is definitely what I am getting .... The Doctor has done an incredible job treating my knee injury with the ... Deep-Tissue Laser and I would be confident recommending ... cold laser to anyone.”
~ Arman S. (Professional Football Player)
“The ... laser therapy device has been an invaluable asset to our team. I would like to thank you and LiteCure for helping to keep our players in the game throughout our 2008 Championship season. This laser therapy device will continue to be part of the high level of care our medical staff provides our players.”
~ Edward J. Lacerte MEd., PT, SCS, L/ATC, CSC S, Head Athletic Trainer for the Boston Celtics®
“We have been using the laser successfully to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, hamstring pulls, and other nagging injuries. All the players love the laser. The treatment times are fast and the results are obvious. Our pitching staff use the laser as part of their normal warm up and rehab treatments. The laser is instrumental in getting players back on the field earlier than expected after severe injury. We have used low level lasers in the past, the big difference ... is the faster treatment times and consistent positive outcomes.”
~ George Poulis, MA, ATC, LAT, Head Athletic Trainer for the Toronto Blue Jays
“As a professional soccer player I am constantly managing aches, strains and pain. Since the Doctor started treating my hamstring injury with the Litecure laser, my recovery time has been really fast. I was skeptical at first, my time is valuable and I cannot be messing with some new fangled toy. However, the results were truly dramatic. I like the fact that it is non invasive and drug free. It has helped me get back in the game post injury in record time and allowed me to perform at my peak, as I am typically pain free after one or two sessions with the laser. I would recommend this treatment to any athlete looking to optimize healing time. The Litecure laser is my go to modality for serious pain relief.” ~Christie Rampone, Defender for the US National Soccer Team