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Cold Laser Therapy

CIPT is excited to offer MultiRadiance Cold Laser Therapy.  Multi Radiance Medical’s therapy devices provide temporary pain relief.  The FDA-cleared technology is applied with a hand-held applicator providing targeted super pulsed laser light and is used to temporarily relieve acute/chronic pain, muscle spasm, arthritis pain, muscle strain and muscle stiffness.

HOW DOES LASER THERAPY WORK?

  • Photons absorbed by the cells stimulate the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP
  • Biochemical increase in cell energy is used to transform cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state
  • Super pulsed laser therapy delivers light energy (photons) to damaged cells without thermal damage
  • Low level laser therapy provides safe, fast pain relief and accelerates healing.
  • Therefore it is a drug-free, non-invasive, effective solution without side effects.

More specifically: 

1. Super Pulsed Laser (905nm) produces a high power level of impulse light at a billionth of a second. It is the high power during each pulse that drives the photons, or light energy, to the target tissue, up to 10—13cm (4—5 inches) deep.

The cold laser’s high peak power of up to 25,000mW creates a higher photon density, delivering the highest concentration of photons and providing the deepest tissue penetration. Super pulsed laser temporarily influences pain reduction and the improvement of microcirculation.

2. Pulsed Broad Band Infrared Emitting Diodes (875nm) penetrate shallower tissue depths than the laser but provide an overall broader spectrum, when compared to laser radiation, by gently heating the surface tissue layer.

3. Pulsed Red Light (660nm) penetrates shallower tissue depth and has beneficial effects.

Working synergistically, the multiple radiances of the cold laser create the optimal biological environment for pain relief. The use of the preset frequencies allows clinicians to control the depth of the therapeutic energy from the surface up to 13 cm (5 inches) deep.

 

THERAPEUTIC LASER BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS

Rapid Cell Growth — Laser light accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.

Faster Wound Healing — Laser light stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue.

Increased Metabolic Activity — Higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells and thus greater production of the basic food source for cells, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP).

Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation — Laser light reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from: cuts, scratches, burns or post surgery.

Anti-Inflammatory Action — Laser light reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to give enhanced joint mobility.

Increased Vascular Activity — Laser light induces temporary vasodilation increasing blood flow to damaged areas.

Stimulated Nerve Function — Slow recovery of nerve function in damaged tissue can result in “dead” limbs or numb areas. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life.

 

Regarding the physiology of how laser works, the following paragraph is taken from the Multi Radiance website, as it is a great explanation.

The effects of laser therapy are photochemical in general and with super-pulsed lasers such as the InSight Series also photomechanical. Photons enter the tissue and are absorbed in the cell’s mitochondria and at the cell membrane by chromophores. These chromophores are photosensitizers that generate reactive oxygen species following irradiation thereby influencing cellular redox states and the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Within the mitochondria, the photonic energy is converted to electromagnetic energy in the form of molecular bonds in ATP. It is obvious that, in order to interact with the living cell, laser light has to be absorbed by intracellular chromophores. Cell membrane permeability increases, which promotes physiological changes to occur. These physiological changes affect macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mast cells, bradykinin, and nerve conduction rates. The clinical and physiological effects are obtained by the way in which the tissues absorb laser radiation. This tissue absorption depends on the wavelength of the beam itself and the power to ensure that the laser energy reaches the target tissue at the necessary clinical levels. The use of an improper wavelength laser would not penetrate into the tissue to reach the target area. Furthermore, even if one has a laser with the proper wavelength, if the device does not have enough power to drive the energy into the tissue, the target area may not realize the potential benefits. Each type of laser emits light at a very specific wavelength, which interacts with the irradiated tissue. It also acts in particular with the chromophores present in the tissue, but in a different way. A chromophore, intrinsic or extrinsic, is any substance, colored or clear, which is able to absorb radiation. Among the endogenous chromophores, water and hemoglobin, nucleic acid and proteins can be listed. Among the exogenic chromophores, we can instead find porphyrins and hematoporphyrins, which are injected into the organism. These are described as photosensitizers because they fix themselves to the tissue making it photosensitive at specific wavelengths.

Regarding research and laser, most all of the literature is positive.  There are a few negative studies but it is important to point out that they tend to discuss lower powered lasers.  The MR4 is not low power.  In fact, it is one of the highest-powered lasers on the market.  At this time, there are over 100 double-blind studies confirming the positive effects of laser therapy and over 300 research reports have been published.  Research continues around the world as the therapeutic effects of laser is continuing to be discovered.