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Cold Laser Therapy at Campbell Chiropractic

Laser therapy on kneeLaser Therapy is known by many terms, including cold or low-level laser therapy (LLLT). Recently, experts have chosen photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) as a more accurate term that describes the therapeutic use of red and near-infrared wavelengths of light energy from laser or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that interact with photoreceptors to produce photochemical reactions that have a positive effect on cellular metabolism and recovery from damage and inflammation.

The red (630-680 nm) and near-infrared spectra (810-840 nm) are the most clinically effective wavelength ranges.

Our Laser

BIOFLEX® is the laser used by Campbell Chiropractic and the only laser therapy company that utilizes Class 3b lasers with large surface arrays of bicolour LEDs. This approach can affect a large volume of circulating blood and underlying tissues, resulting in a powerful systemic and direct photobiomodulation effect. The overall clinical effect of targeting the injured/diseased tissues and the surrounding circulatory system is an unsurpassed accelerated healing response and decreased pain, inflammation, edema, and associated symptoms.

Clinical Effects of Laser Therapy

The effects of photobiomodulation are cumulative and can be clinically evident immediately after treatment or over a period of days.

Potential Short-Term Effects

  • Production and release of beta-endorphins (these are morphine-like substances produced by various cells in the body that inhibit the sensation of pain)
  • Cortisol production is increased (cortisol is the precursor of cortisone). This enables the body to combat the stress associated with trauma or the disease process.

The short-term effect is significant in 5-10% of cases during or after the conclusion of the initial treatment but is not as important as the long-term or cumulative effect.

Long-Term or Cumulative Effects

  • ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production increases, improving cellular metabolism.
  • Neurotransmission is facilitated due to elevated levels of serotonin and acetylcholine.
  • Mitochondrial activity is stimulated, resulting in cell replication, etc.
  • Modulation of macrophages, fibroblasts, and other cells.
  • Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels).
  • Regulates cell membrane potential, essential in NA, CL, and K ion transfer (electrolyte balance).
  • Cytokines and other chemicals enhancing cellular communications are released.

Other Beneficial Effects

  • The immune response is stimulated.
  • Lymphatic drainage is improved.
  • The histamine response is positively altered.
  • Production of growth hormone is increased.
  • Stimulation of the healing processes is accompanied by relief of symptoms.

**It should be noted that many other positive physiological activities are modulated, and extensive research is underway to fully explore these changes.**

Who It Helps

We may recommend this therapy for patients suffering from issues such as:

  • soft tissue and sports injuries (trauma)
  • ligament & tendon tears
  • muscle strains
  • tendonitis
  • contusions
  • arthritic conditions
  • degenerative osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • vertebral radiculopathy
  • chronic spinal problems
  • repetitive motion injuries
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • rotator cuff injuries
  • tennis elbow
  • herniated disc
  • fibromyalgia
  • temporomandibular joint syndrome
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • post-herpetic neuralgia
  • wound healing
  • traumatic lesions (burns, etc.)
  • dermal ulcers
  • venous stasis ulcers or venous ulcers

Schedule Today

Experience for yourself the remarkable effects of laser therapy. Contact us today to book your first appointment.

Cold Laser Therapy Oshawa, Whitby, Courtice, Ajax, & Bowmanville ON | (905) 725-0000