At Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists, we are proud to offer our clients MLS laser therapy, the latest, cutting-edge technology for alleviating acute and chronic pain. Below, we discuss what laser therapy is, how it's used and what the key benefits are.
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What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy uses light to favor and accelerate the body’s natural healing processes. The laser beam is moved over the skin so that the light energy (photons) penetrates the tissue where it interacts with various molecules (chromophores) that cause different biological effects. It produces a photochemical, photothermal and photomechanical effect.
There are many types of lasers. Each laser has different characteristics which produce a different effect. These characteristics include:
- Energy: measured in joules
- Time: Defined as the duration of irradiance of target tissue and is measured in seconds. It is also known as Impulse Duration or called “impulse width”.
- Wavelength: Penetration depth is directed by the laser emission wavelength and the type of tissue (chromophores).
- Frequency: Defined as the number of impulses emitted during the unit of time (1 second) and should reflect the condition treated.
- Power: the rate at which energy is delivered and is measured in watts.
- Fluence: Energy Density or Dose
- Irradiance (Also known as Power Density): Power delivered per unit area
- Emission Mode: Continuous Wave (CW) or Pulsed Wave (PW)
- Impulse Duration: Duration of laser emission, also called “impulse width”.
"Over 97% of all laser therapy patients are experiencing significant pain relief." - Lederman Kwartowitz Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Clinical Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy
MLS Laser Therapy is quickly becoming the standard of care in alleviating both acute and chronic pain. This patented, FDA-cleared technology has an 85% – 90% efficacy rate in relieving pain and inflammation, eliminates risk from surgery and prescription painkillers, has no negative side effects, and restores patients’ lives.
Practitioners report that MLS Laser Therapy effectively treats pain and inflammation associated with the following conditions:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Sports injuries
- Tendon & ligament injuries
- Back & joint pain
- Muscle sprains & strains
- Post-surgical swelling
- Disc disease
MLS Laser Therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system which drains swollen areas. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
MLS Laser Therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells. It blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain, which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to the decreased inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain-blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain-killing chemicals, such as endorphins and enkephalin, from the brain and adrenal glands
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, damaged cells are repaired faster.
Improved Vascular Activity
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly, and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilation and increases the diameter of blood vessels.
Increases Metabolic Activity
Laser Therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
Our MLS laser stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a noninvasive basis, providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
MLS Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.
Improved Nerve Function
Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection and increases the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle healing.
Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulating immunoglobulins and lymphocytes. Laser emissions are absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. Upon exposure to the laser, the enzyme flavomononucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosinetriphosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
Faster Wound Healing
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue. Fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, MLS Laser Therapy is effective post surgically and in the treatment of open wounds and burns.
Other Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy
Aside from the clinical benefits this innovative technology offers, it also offers many other benefits, including:
- Non-surgical treatment
- No known side effects
- Drug Free
- Rapid results and recovery
Does Laser Therapy Hurt?
That's a great question. Through years of research and development, the MLS Laser was designed to treat conditions without an excessive thermal effect, often felt as heat. Most people report that they do not feel anything during the treatments. Occasionally, you may feel a slight warming sensation at the treatment site, which is normal and indicates that the inflammation is relieved and your body responds appropriately.
Will the Results Be Long Lasting?
For most patients, the answer is "Yes". While each person and each condition varies, many patients receive tremendous relief from their pain and inflammation when they undergo a series of MLS Laser Therapy treatments. While most patients may not need additional treatments in the future, some conditions, like arthritis, are degenerative. The great thing about MLS Laser Therapy for arthritic patients is that once you feel better, you can be more active, and it is this increased activity that helps minimize the long-term effects of arthritis. Even so, you may need an occasional single MLS treatment every 4 to 6 weeks over the year to hold the inflammation at bay and keep the arthritic pain in check.
Contact Our Chronic Pain Podiatrists at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a Consultation
If you're suffering from acute or chronic pain in your feet or ankles, our experienced and skilled podiatrists can effectively treat it with our new MLS laser therapy technology.