Applications of Laser
Theralase® therapeutic laser treatments provide patients with a safe, effective and painless therapy that uses the body's own natural healing systems to relieve pain, increase joint mobility, increase tissue integrity and promote cell regeneration.
Theralase® lasers offer treatment for acute and chronic pain conditions*, addictions*, and cosmetic revitalization*. Our lasers help you regain the active and healthy lifestyle you yearn for by utilizing the power of light energy.
Over 4,000 clinical studies worldwide have proven the success of therapeutic lasers in the healing of neural muscular-skeletal conditions*. Theralase® has performed a blinded randomized control study on chronic knee pain proving the clinical efficacy of Theralase® therapeutic laser technology and achieving FDA 510(k) approval for chronic knee pain.
Pain is believed to originate from an ionic differentiation of potassium (K+) and sodium (Na+) ions across a cellular membrane. Theralase® 905 nm super-pulsed laser technology increases cellular membrane permeability and causes a reabsorption of sodium and expulsion of potassium molecules, removing the gradient and thus the pain signal at source.
LLLT has an anti-oedemic effect, as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system to drain interstitial fluid (drains swollen areas).
As a result of reduced inflammation, there is less oedema and therefore less pain. LLLT stimulates vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, which increases the reabsorption of pain-causing products. LLLT delivers 905 nm superpulsed infrared wavelength light, which is absorbed by the bi-lipid layer comprising the cellular membrane and thus regulates the nerve cell's sodium-potassium pump. This pump maintains the potential across the membrane of a nerve cell, which leads to pain transmission signals. By regulating the pump, transmission of pain signals from the area can be eliminated.
No clinically tested modality is proven to be more effective for arthritis. While arthritis is a chronic condition without a cure, Theralase® therapeutic laser treatments can provide substantial relief from symptoms by reducing inflammation of the joints, eliminating pain, increasing range of motion of the joints and improving immune cell production and efficiency.
Theralase® lasers reduce inflammation in arthritis-affected joints by stimulating the lymphatic system, which drains interstitial fluid from tissues located in the injured area. Laser treatments also regenerate immune cells (lymphocytes). The lymphatic system carries these lymphocytes to the injured area where they excrete bioenergy used to destroy infection. When Theralase® empowers the lymphocytes, each cell releases more bioenergy making it a better combatant.
A Theralase® super pulsed laser has the unique ability to penetrate tissue up to 4" below the dermis - 5 times further than our closest competitor - treating deep chronic arthritis conditions commonly found in the knees and shoulders.
Laser treatments accelerate each of the three phases associated with the natural healing of wounds: inflammation, proliferation and remodeling. The result is a reduction in pain, inflammation reduction, increased stimulation of connective tissue (granulation tissue) and increased capillary production (angiogenesis) leading to improved blood flow during proliferation.
Despite the pain associated with this stage, the inflammatory phase is necessary for tissue repair. First, in the area of the wound, there appear platelets and white blood cells to coagulate the blood and stop blood loss.. Next, anincreased number of macrophages clean the area and remove dead tissue by engulfing and destroying foreign matter and damaged cells. Macrophages also release products (known as "factors") that stimulate proliferation - the second step of wound healing.
This is the formation of "granulation tissue". There is an activation of fibroblasts and angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the production of new capillaries (small blood vessels). Fibroblasts are connective tissue cells that form the basis of new tissue. A special kind of fibroblast is the myofibroblast. This cell can contract itself like a smooth muscle cell and in this manner diminish the surface size of the wound.This process is known as collagen synthesis.
This is the final step of wound contraction, where the tissue starts to contract and return to its normal appearance.
What happens when a laser is placed on an open wound?
Laser treatment accelerates the different healing phases, preserving only the necessary components of the inflammatory phase, resulting in a shorter inflammatory reaction causing less pain. Laser stimulates the fibroblasts during the proliferation phase, speeds up angiogenesis and causes temporary vasodilation (blood vessels increase in diameter).
Greater blood flow equals more efficient delivery of oxygen and fuel molecules to the area and a faster removal of waste products; thus allowing a greater production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) - the basic energy source of a cell. In angiogenesis, the final result is a greater production of blood vessels through the growth of new tissue. Laser also accelerates the absorption of a haematoma through the stimulation of prostacyclin.
Addiction Rehabilitation & Weight Loss
Therapeutic lasers provide effective treatment for smoking, drug and alcohol addictions, as well as weight loss, through stimulating specific points in the ear causing the brain to release neurotransmitters (such as endorphins and dopamine) that help to break the addiction cycle. Theralase® combines treatment with behavioural modification addiction counseling and nutritional guidance to create programs with a very high rate of success.
Using the principals of ear acupuncture (auriculotherapy), targets specific ear points to induce the brain chemistry to release neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins (the pleasure chemicals of the brain) to travel to different sections of the brain, which help to break the addiction cycle. The nucleus accumbens mediates the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which underlies pleasure and relaxation. But the dopamine itself is released from the ventral tegmental area (VTA), another contender for the title of "pleasure center." The VTA releases dopamine to the nucleus accumbens, the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and septum, all of which play an important role in what is called the reward circuit. When an acupoint (an acupuncture nerve point) is stimulated, the brain releases neurotransmitters that eliminate cravings from addiction withdrawal. This technology, coupled with Theralase's behavioural modification addiction counseling and nutritional guidance, has a very high rate of success.
Addiction Rehabilitation Program:
- Needleless acupuncture using a Theralase® TLC-1001 AcuProbe laser
- Behavioural Modification addiction counseling training
- Addiction counseling training
- Nutritional counseling training
Note: U.S. Practitioners are obligated to participate in the IRB preclinical trial study after purchasing the Theralase® Single Probe laser for smoking cessation and weight loss.
Materials for alcohol and drug addiction programs only available to Canadian practitioners.
Theralase® advanced anti-aging system is designed for facial rejuvenation and the treatment of various dermatological conditions. This non-invasive system erases years of lines and wrinkles without surgery or painful recuperation time. By combining laser/acupuncture facial points and both near infrared and visible red light, treatments optimize skin health and appearance through the production of collagen and elastin, both essential to healthier more youthful skin.
- Herpes Simplex
- Stretch Marks
Post Surgical Healing:
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Augmentation
How Does It Work?
Light therapy has been shown to improve vascularity (circulation) by increasing the formation of new capillaries. New capillaries speed up the healing process by supplying additional oxygen and nutrients needed for healing and stimulate the production of collagen. One of the secondary mechanisms of light therapy is increased collagen synthesis. Collagen is the most common protein found in the body and is the essential protein used to repair and replace damaged tissue. It is the substance that holds cells together, along with elastin, thus forming a high degree of elasticity. Increasing both collagen and elastin production will decrease scar tissue at the injured site.
Veterinarians across North America have discovered a medical technology that heals injuries on a cellular level safely and effectively without any discomfort to the animal. This new medical technology is known as the Theralase® line of therapeutic medical laser systems.
The Theralase® superpulsed laser system can penetrate up to 4 inches into tissue through all the hair and skin of an animal to promote cellular regeneration at the source of the injury. Laser energy helps to repair damaged cells by accelerating several of the body's natural healing mechanisms. Depending on the severity of the injury, the animal can return to normal usually within a few weeks instead of many months of rest.
Treatable Conditions for Companion Animals (partial list)
Muscle and tendon strains, joint sprains and wounds are common injuries in equine athletes. Equine tissue like human tissue is highly vulnerable to repetitive stress and can be career limiting for the athlete if not treated properly the first time. Equine veterinarians across North America have discovered a medical technology that heals injuries on a cellular level safely and effectively without any discomfort to the animal. This new medical technology is known as the Theralase® line of therapeutic medical laser systems.
The Theralase® superpulsed laser system can penetrate up to 4 inches into tissue through all the hair and skin of an equine athlete to promote cellular regeneration at the source of the injury. Laser energy helps to repair damaged cells by accelerating several of the body's natural healing mechanisms. Depending on the severity of the injury, the equine athlete can return to competition usually within a few weeks instead of many months of stall rest. This means that your equine athlete can be back to competing in a fraction of the time.
Treatable Conditions for Equine (partial list)
Everyone benefits from the Theralase® laser system; as your equine athlete gets better, he/she will be able to return to training and eventually racing. The impact of using Theralase® on your injured equine athlete is remarkable. By utilizing the Theralase® super-pulsed cold laser technology for neuromuscular skeletal conditions, you will notice an immediate improvement in the health of your equine athlete to get him/her back on the track, so that you see your investment running again.
Some medical conditions that we have seen successfully treated in the field through the use of Theralase® technology are shown below:
*Theralase® cold laser therapy systems have been approved by both Health Canada and the FDA for the safe and effective treatment of pain associated with chronic knee conditions. While over 4,000 clinical studies worldwide have proven the efficacy of cold laser technologies in treating a host of other conditions, Theralase® lasers have not received explicit approval for these applications. In-clinic treatment of other conditions is at the sole discretion of the healthcare practitioner.