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Cold Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Inflammation

David Duizer June7th

Chronic pain, delayed healing and treatment resistant injuries can disrupt our day to day lives in ways that can’t be understood by those who have never experienced pain.

It is usually recommended that we first try pain killers followed by anti-inflammatory medications if indicated and other over the counter medications and creams. They can sometimes work to resolve symptomology but the cause of the pain and inflammation is never addressed, healing doesn’t occur and the problems can continue when the medications stop.

As a clinical naturopathic doctor my interest is not only on treating the symptoms and relieving discomfort but also to support the body’s natural ability to heal and to address the root cause of suffering.  When it comes to wellness this is where I place my attention.

In pain and inflammation I use cold laser therapy to speed healing and reduce suffering.

Low Level Light Therapy

Cold laser therapy, also known as Low Level Light Therapy or photobiomodulation, began its development shortly after the discovery of laser technology in the 1960s. Over the span of the last 50 years thousands of studies have illustrated its effectiveness in treating pain and inflammation and have established its safety profile.

By stimulating cellular energy, increasing cytokines and growth factors, and causing vasodilation of the local vasculature this therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a range of conditions including:

  • Joint, muscle and nerve pain
  • Inflammation
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Poor wound healing
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Skin ulcers and burns
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • TMJ
  • Varicose veins, fine lines and scars
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow

Cold Laser Therapy is also used to support the body’s ability to heal in acute inflammation including sinusitis, tissue infections and joint/muscle injuries.

What to Expect from a Cold Laser Therapy Treatment

Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive technique using light to stimulate healing. It uses different wavelengths of light to determine the depth of treatment and different power settings depending on the type of condition being treated.

The first visit includes a complete physical assessment to help determine the grade of injury requiring treatment and to gather the details to track healing.

Treatments can last from 15 – 30 minutes and do not cause pain. It is possible yet rare to experience a flare of pain and/or inflammation following a treatment that can last 24 hours.

The course of treatment depends on the type and severity of the condition being treated. The range is 4 sessions to 12 or more. Most patients experience benefits after the first 3 – 4 treatments.

At our clinic, the Finlandia Health Centre, we are able to treat larger areas of concern in shorter periods of time because of our access to two different types of lasers. We use the top of the line Irradia Mid-Laser and BioFlex LED Laser Systems.

The ability of cold laser therapy to stimulate healing in tissues enables us to focus on boosting the body’s internal healing mechanisms while still reducing pain and alleviating symptoms.

Cold laser therapy is an excellent, low cost, non-invasive technique that is now widely accepted in physical therapy. If you are dealing with chronic pain and inflammation or delayed healing, cold laser therapy is a worthwhile treatment to consider.

If you are interested in learning more about this therapy please join us at our Finlandia Pharmacy retail location (1111 West Broadway) on June 7th at 7:00 pm for my presentation titled: Reduce pain, speed healing and increase mobility with cold laser therapy, supplementation and nutrition. Details below.

Presentation by Dr. David Duizer ND

  • Date: Tuesday 7th June 2016
  • Time: 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
  • Register by email with your full name and phone number to news@finlandiahealth.com

Dr. David Duizer RMC, BSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor