Neuromuscular Skeletal conditions are common in all of us. We can all experience sprains, strains and pain that just won't go away resulting from repetitive strains in our work place or from trauma in our everyday lives. Pain and inflammation are things we've grown to accept as something we probably will just have to live with. Medical practitioners across North America have discovered a modern medical technology that heals injuries safely and effectively on a cellular level. This medical technology is the Theralase line of therapeutic medical laser systems.
The Theralase superpulsed laser system can penetrate up to 4 inches into tissue, to promote cellular regeneration at the source of injury. Laser energy helps to repair damaged cells by accelerating the body's natural healing mechanisms. Depending on the severity of the injury, you can return to an active lifestyle pain-free within a few weeks versus months or years of life altering pain.
Theralase Cold Laser Therapy is a Fast, Effective & Safe Cutting Edge Technology
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 3,000 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.
*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.
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 super-pulsed 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. Proliferation
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.
Post Surgical Healing:
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.
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
The Theralase superpulsed laser has over 17 clinically proven pre-programmed treatments for equine applications. Partial List only
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:
I feel compelled to let it be known how successful Laser Therapy has been in reducing swelling and pain of Osteo-Arthritis in my right hand and fingers.
During the past years, I have been prescribed many medications, none of which reduced the swelling and pain satisfactorily.
After four to five sessions of Laser Therapy, there was an extremely noticeable reduction in swelling. It was now almost pain free and because of the increased flexibility of my fingers, I was able to resume activities which for a long time had not been possible. The Laser Therapy sessions are quick and completely painless and do not have the dangerous side effects I had previously experienced with medications.
Nancy Sullican, Osteoarthritis
I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 33 years. During this time there have been many fears and much pain associated with them. I have taken just about every arthritis drug on the market and over time built up on immunity to their effectiveness.
Over eight months ago the relief I had experienced with infusion medication stopped suddenly. The pain came back with great force and settled in my hands and wrists. I could not open doors, turn on faucets or lift everyday objects. My rheumatologist prescribed powerful pain medications and eventually started a new infusion drug.
I experienced temporary and only limited relief until through friends. I found out about the cold laser therapy treatments administered by Lou Banas. After three sessions my hands and wrists were essentially pain free and I could again do the things I had not been able to do in eight months. This treatment is simple, non-invasive, affordable and painless. I could certainly recommend this is anyone seeking pain relief.
Barbara Hemphill, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Cold Laser Therapy worked in my case.
I am a skeptic. A very very confirmed skeptic. I also have sinus problems. In Nov. 2008 it got so bad, I made several trips to my physician, took prescription antibiotics and Symbicort so I could breath. All caused by a sinus drip that got so heavy it clogged my throat while sleeping, caused painful and blood filled cough, and drove me nuts.
This past November, my friend Lou said to me, why don’t you try this Laser therapy on your sinuses. For free. I believe it will help you. When it does, all I ask is you tell people your story and print mine. What can I say. After years of late fall early winter sinusitis I have been breathing free and clear every single day for 17 weeks. This is something that should be investigated. I’m confident my sinus problem have been cured, I will be extremely disappointed if next November if I am unable to get a good night’s sleep once again.
Michael R. Wrona, Sinusitis
Amherst, New York
My name is Elsie Harris and about 14 years ago, I had a severe case of shingles on part of my face. Although the shingles healed, I was left with terrible facial pain which I would rate on a scale of 8 out of 10. I met Dr. Bansal, my Pain Management Doctor for a separate problem but then I asked her about the laser for my face. She agreed we should try it. You must understand, I have been to several neurologists and even neurosurgeons to try to eliminate my pain but they could recommend nothing. I am so happy to report that after the first treatment my pain almost 50 per cent better! I did a total of 7 treatments with cold laser and my pain level has diminished to a 1 or 2! I can sleep better and my quality of life is so much better. I would recommend this to everyone.
My name is Monique Mcnaughton and I was injured 8 years ago at work driving a fork lift and was seriously jarred. I had two level fusions in my neck. I have had several years of Physical Therapy before and after the surgery with limited success for my headaches which were my chief compliant which I endured since 2001. After the second sessions of cold laser therapy, I noticed that the headache was diminished. After my 12 sessions of therapy, my headaches are rare (I used to have them 3-4 times per week). I can sleep better and I now take my pain pills only when needed. In addition, my range of motion has increased by 80 per cent. I am very happy; I was introduced to this new procedure. I am telling all my friends about it.
Monique McNaughton, Neck Pain
Fredonia, New York
Twelve years ago I was rear ended in a car accident. The whiplash that resulted caused my neck to stiffen over time. I found it difficult to turn my neck from side to side when I drove and to look up at the ball when I served in tennis. A business associate gave me the Theralase patient pamphlet, which described the conditions that the Theralase can treat, how safe the Theralase laser is and how effective the laser Theralase laser is. When I read the pamphlet, I learned that not only could I get my injured neck treated, but also the pain from arthritis that was starting in my fingers and knees. From the time that I was treated with the Theralase laser, the pain in my fingers had subsided. After the second or third treatment, turning my neck became more supple and workable. By the sixth treatment, I had no trouble looking up at the tennis ball when I served and most importantly, I felt a lot safer when I drove, because I could turn my neck from side to side. I would strongly recommend the Theralase laser treatment to someone who is suffering from pain stiffness and restricted movement as a result of whiplash, arthritis or strenuous activity.
Glen Telfer, Neck Pain
About 12 years ago I fell coming down some steps. As a result of the fall, I dislocated my left shoulder and fractured my lower humerus. The shoulder was splinted from the top of the fingers to the top of the shoulder. After the splint was removed, I had a great amount of
physiotherapy and even acupuncture, but the shoulder continued to be achy. I found it difficult to rest my weight on my arm when I sat at my desk. I constantly felt like I carried a 100 lb. weight on my shoulder. I endured the pain and discomfort for 12 years, until recently.
A few months ago, a friend suggested I should try Theralase low level laser therapy. After a consultation with their Chiropractor and Physiotherapist, I received 6 treatments with 905 nm, 100 mW near infrared laser at the Theralase Pain and Arthritis Centre. By the 6th treatment, my shoulder felt normal. There was absolutely no heat sensation or discomfort during the treatments and the treatments were only a few minutes long.
It has been a couple of month since my last treatment and my shoulder continues to feel just fine. The experience has been like a miracle.
John A. Murphy, Shoulder Pain
For the last 4 years I have been functioning at about 65% due to back pain. In the last 2 months, since going for laser treatments and therapy, I am back to about 90% already. Dr. Hildebrand takes the time to really listen and assess the cause of the problem so that you get the maximum benefits from your treatments. Thanks to Theralase I have my life back again!
Cathy Grant, Back Pain
I had to withdraw from the Rogers Masters in Montréal due to a severe abdominal muscle strain. For the next two weeks, I had two laser treatments per day with the Theralase 1000 cluster laser, which accelerated the tissue healing and reduced the pain. In the next two tournaments I was runner-up at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters at Cincinnati and I then clinched the Pilot Pen Tennis at New Haven. Theralase laser treatments were very helpful in accelerating my recovery time.
Tennis Player, Ranked #14 professional tennis player in the world in 2007
The Theralase therapeutic medical laser system is one of the best therapies for rehabilitation of athletes that I have ever used. It has helped a lot of my athletes.