What exactly is Laser Therapy, you might be wondering. Well, this
extremely effective treatment is known by many names, such as cold or
low-level laser therapy (LLLT), but the most accurate title is
photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT), which is the use of red and near-
infrared wavelengths of light energy to enhance cellular metabolism, which
promotes quicker recovery from tissue damage and inflammation.
At Back in Balance, we use the BIOFLEX ® laser, which combines the
powerful Class 3b lasers with a large surface array of two different colour
LEDs, in order to better affect a larger volume of circulating blood, as well
as penetrating to reach more underlying tissues. This results in both a
powerful systemic and direct local healing effect. Because PBMT targets
injured cells and tissues directly, it can work very well in conjunction with
some of the other therapies and other modalities we offer, such as
Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Naturopathic Medicine, Massage and
Physiotherapy. This combination of treatments can help patients recover
more quickly from many different types of musculoskeletal and sports injuries
with decreased symptoms, less scar tissue, accelerated cell regeneration
and improved function.
How it works
When cells and tissues are damaged and injured they have a slower
metabolism and as a result they end up with decreased energy and
Light energy in the red and near-infrared wavelengths, as utilised in
Laser Therapy, is absorbed and used by the injured cells to increase
metabolism, which results in accelerated repair and regeneration of
This enhanced cellular energy and function can produce many
different benefits to help the body heal quicker. These include:
- The production of new blood vessles and increased blood flow.
Increased capillary networks can bring more oxygenated blood to the
injured tissue and thereby accelerate tissue healing.
- Collagen Production
Leads to reduced scar and adhesion formation.
- Muscle Repair & Regeneration
Repair of damaged muscle fibres and increased muscle stem cells
results in quicker and more complete regeneration of muscle tissue.
- Inflammation & Edema
Decreases inflammation promoting chemicals in the blood and
increases the anti-inflammatory ones, which combines with lymphatic
vasodilation, helps to resolve inflammation and edema.
- Bone Formation
Increased production of bone cells and remodeling of bone
extracellular matrix results in accelerated callus formation and bone repair.
- Cartilage Production
Increase in cartilage cells and collagen production allows for
improved cartilage growth and joint function.
Because of these highly beneficial changes and adaptations to injured
tissues, Laser Therapy is able to help treat a number of different
This is the bread and butter of Laser Therapy and Photobiomodulation.
Muscle and tendon strains, ligament sprains, cartilage tears, bursitis,
plantar fasciitis, and other injuries to the musculoskeletal system all benefit
from Laser Therapy treatments. Whether it is due to a sports injury,
overuse condition, or an accident, Photobiomodulation with Bioflex Laser
Therapy can accelerate the healing process and decrease your symptoms
to get you back to the activities you love much sooner.
This was one of the earliest known benefits of Cold Laser. BIOFLEX has
proven to accelerate post surgical wound healing, dermal ulcers including
diabetic lesions and those secondary to compression and other types of
wounds. This approach results in increased blood flow and collagen
production, as well as decreased inflammation and scar tissue formation
Chronic progressive types of joint degeneration like Osteoarthritis can be
effectively managed with BIOFLEX Laser Therapy treatments. Whether you
are suffering from early or late stages of degeneration, the Laser Therapy
treatments will provide decreased pain, inflammation, stiffness and edema
as well as improved function and ranges of motion, all of which will enable
you to enjoy you activities of daily living easier and with less pain.
From diabetic neuropathy to radiating pain due to disc injuries (Sciatica), to
carpal tunnel syndrome, BIOFLEX Laser Therapy can accelerate nerve
healing and decrease numbness, tingling and nerve pain. Several peer
reviewed clinical trials and lab studies have shown Laser Therapy to be an
effective treatment for nerve healing, with no known side effects.
Overall Advantages of Laser Therapy
No Known Side Effects
Very few contraindications
Directly targets injured/diseased cells
Indicated for nearly all conditions
I went to Dr Friedman for tennis elbow. He suggested laser treatment and said it would take between
4 and 6 visits. I was a little apprehensive to a new type of treatment. But by visit number 4, I was
completely pain free. And have had no pain since. Highly highly recommend