Treatments are performed by positioning the laser hand piece approximately 1/2" directly above the skin and surrounding the area of injury and pain with the laser treatment beam.
For most acute conditions 5-6 treatments is all that is needed. Chronic conditions take longer and might require 6-12 treatments. While these are the averages, each person is unique and healing time varies by person and condition. For those with life long conditions we may recommend 1 or 2 follow up treatments each month.
Low Level Laser Therapy has been in use for over thirty years around the world. There have been almost no side effects reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response becomes more active after a laser treatment
Depending on the conditions, treatment time will last on average 5-10 minute but is based on the size of the area, depth of penetration needed and condition being treated.
The moment a patient leaves the clinic, they may resume normal daily activity. It is important for patients to remember to not overexert themselves for a few days as the body is still healing.
When the photons of laser light penetrate the skin and underlying tissue, they are absorbed by the cells, and converted into energy. The cell membrane permeability is altered, which triggers a cascade of cellular events including:
- Stimulation of ATP
- Stimulation of respiratory chain
- Increased DNA and RNA synthesis
- Increased levels of beta endorphins and serotonin
- Enhanced collagen synthesis
The treatment does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and there are no dangerous side effects or risks. In addition, Laser therapy provides enhanced treatment outcomes faster than any other treatment modality.
Low back pain can be caused by a number of factors from injuries to the effects of aging.The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are made of bone. Between each vertebra are soft discs with a ligamentous outer layer. These discs function as shock absorbers to protect the vertebra and the spinal cord. Many of the problems that cause back pain are the result of herniation and degeneration of the intervertebral disc. Degeneration is a process where wear and tear causes deterioration of the disc. Herniations, or bulging of the disc are protrusions from the disc that press on surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.
Most patients report a reduction in pain after the first few sessions. Typically, significant improvement is obtained by the second week of treatment.
Patients remain on the system for 30-45 minutes.
- Patients that suffer pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is more than four weeks old
- Patients that suffer recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is more than six months old.
- Patients that suffer persistent pain from degenerated disc not responding to four weeks of therapy.
- Patients that are available for four weeks of treatment protocol.
- Patients that are at least 18 years of age.
Most patients do not experience any side effects. Though, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a short period of time.
Spinal Decompression is totally safe and comfortable for all subjects.
In most cases Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. In fact many patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.
Anyone who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to severe osteoporosis.