Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

White Rock-South Surrey Naturopathic Laser Therapy Clinic

litecure-lct-1000Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is an innovative use of cutting edge new technology, that offers advanced pain relief and expedited healing times through a process known as photobiostimulation.

The LiteCure LCT-1000 that Dr. Grodski uses, is the most powerful pain relieving therapeutic laser in Canada, and the first Class IV Deep Tissue Laser to be approved by Health Canada.

LCT-1000

The LCT-1000 is the first Health Canada approved Class IV laser available in Canada. It is stronger than any other therapeutic, pain relieving laser available on the market and far outstrips the competition in its ability to rapidly reduce pain and inflammation, and accelerate healing. Combined with the use of Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, it is revolutionizing the ability to heal, reconstruct and rehabilitate chronically painful, inflamed and damaged joints and connective tissue.

The LCT-1000 delivers deep, penetrating photonic energy to bring about profound physiological changes.  ATP (Adenosine-triphosphate) production is increased, inflammation and pain reduced and circulation increased at the site of injury  These changes in cellular chemistry are triggered by the LCT-1000 making it a true healing modality. The LCT-1000 provides:

  • Fast pain reduction
  • Rapid relief of inflammation
  • Accelerated healing
  • A drug-free treatment option
The LCT-1000 is being used by many professional sports teams including the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and more.

LCT-1000 Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is Ideal for:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Back Pain and Spinal Conditions
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains, Strains
  • Knee Pain
  • Hamstring Tears
  • Arthritic Pain

The World’s First Class IV Laser-Massage System

Delivering 10 Watts of soothing laser light through an innovative, optically correct, quartz ball, the Class IV Laser-Massage System offers the first and only massage system available.

Through the scientific study of light and tissue interaction, LiteCure’s scientists and engineers developed the DEEP (Delivery Enhanced Energy Penetration) Tissue Laser-Massage System.  By mechanically manipulating soft tissue as the laser light is delivered, more structures are exposed to the photonic energy, creativing a synergistic effect for faster healing and greater relief from pain.

What is High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT)?

L-A-S-E-R is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission or Radiation. In simple terms this refers to light waves of a specific wavelength – both artificial and sunlight usually consist of many different wavelengths of light scattering in all different directions.

Lasers can be used for a number of different purposes. However, Therapeutic Lasers (sometimes called “Cold Lasers”, Low-Level Laser Therapy [LLLT] or High Power Laser Therapy [HPLT]) are unique to the field of medicine. Therapeutic Lasers offer a wide variety of benefits to patients and do so while “passing through” the skin (they do not break the skin like surgical lasers). The wavelengths of light actually create physiological changes within the cells of the body – a process called photobiomodulation. These benefits include pain reduction, improved healing time, increased blood circulation and decreased inflammation. Many of the more dramatic therapeutic effects are listed in detail below.

Therapeutic Benefits of High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT)

Numerous clinical studies and research trials have been conducted on the beneficial effects of laser therapy for a whole host of clinical conditions. The following is a simplified list of the more widely studied biological effects of Laser Therapy.

Laser Therapy Effect #1: Pain Relief

Laser Therapy relieves pain through several different biological mechanisms. 1) Laser Therapy blocks the pain signals transmitted from injured parts of the body to the brain. This decreases nerve sensitivity and significantly reduces the perception of pain. 2) Laser Therapy also reduces pain by decreasing inflammation and swelling. 3) Laser Therapy also reduces pain by increasing the production and release of endorphins and enkephalins which are natural pain-relieving chemicals within our bodies.

Laser Therapy Effect #2: Improved Nerve Function

Laser light speeds up the process of nerve cell reconnection which decreases the time necessary for nerve cells to heal after an injury. Laser Therapy also increases the amplitude (strength) of action potentials (signals sent along nerve fibers) which improves overall nerve and muscle function. Both of these reasons explain why Laser Therapy is so beneficial at reducing the symptoms related to nerve injury – namely sharp pain, numbness, tingling and burning.

Laser Therapy Effect #3: Inflammation Reduction

Laser Therapy causes the smaller arteries and lymph vessels of the body to increase in size – a mechanism called vasodilation. This increased vasodilation allows inflammation, swelling and edema to be cleared away from injury sites more effectively. Vasodilation of lymph vessels also promotes lymphatic drainage which also aids in this vital healing process. Bruising is often resolved more quickly as a result of this particular biological effect.

Laser Therapy Effect #4: Faster Wound Healing

Laser therapy stimulates the production of fibroblasts which are the building blocks needed to create collagen. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair damaged tissue. Because of this effect Laser Therapy is effective at treating open wounds and burns.

Laser Therapy Effect #5: Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth

Photons of light emitted by therapeutic lasers penetrate deeply into the tissues of the body to stimulate the production centers of individual cells. This stimulation increases the energy available to these cells causing them to absorb nutrients and expel waste products more rapidly. This dramatically accelerates the repair of injured tissue leading to faster tendon, ligament and muscle healing.

Laser Therapy Effect #6: Improved Blood Flow

Laser Therapy significantly increases the formation of new capillaries (tiny blood vessels) within damaged tissues. With more capillaries bringing more blood to the injury site healing is sped up, wounds are closed more rapidly and scar tissue formation is reduced.

Laser Therapy Effect #7: Increased Metabolic Activity

Laser Therapy also has a profound impact on individual blood cells that pass through the laser beam during treatment. The laser light significantly increases the oxygen and nutrient load capacity of the red blood cells (RBCs). This allows for increased metabolic activity and production of certain specific enzymes. Both of these effects can be felt across the entire body and are not just limited to the area exposed to the laser light.

Laser Therapy Effect #8: Reduced Formation of Scar Tissue

Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue (fibrous tissue) following tissue damage related to cuts, burns and surgery. Laser Therapy is able to reduce this formation by speeding up the healing process, improving the blood flow to the injured area and more effectively carrying away waste products – all are mechanisms mentioned above. Faster healing always leads to less scar tissue formation.

Laser Therapy Effect #9: Enhanced Immune Function

Photons of laser light are directly absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes within cells) that are embedded within most cells of the body. This laser light absorption activates a specific enzymatic process that triggers the production of ATP. ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) is the single most important form of energy that powers ALL chemical reactions within ALL cells of the body. Higher energy production leads to faster and more efficient function – especially true of immune-specific cells that are exposed to Laser Therapy. This improved efficiency aids the immune system in fighting off undesirable microbes and pathogens.

Laser Therapy Effect #10: Acupuncture Point Stimulation

Laser Therapy is also an effective alternative to traditional Acupuncture treatment. Traditional Acupuncture delivers therapeutic effects through the mechanical stimulation of “Acupuncture Points” throughout the body. This is achieved by piercing the Acupuncture Points with needles and then twisting the needles by hand, tamping them or connecting them to electrical stimulation devices. Laser Therapy may be used to stimulate the same Acupuncture Points without the need for invasive needling or similar mechanical stimulation.

Conditions that Benefit from Laser Therapy

Neurogenic Pain

  • Neuropathy (Nerve Pain)
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Sciatica or Pinched Sciatic Nerve
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / Repetitive Motion Injuries of the Hand and Wrist
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Joint Conditions

  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain and Headaches
  • Injuries of the Knee Meniscus
  • Shoulder and Hip Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / Repetitive Motion Injuries of the Hand and Wrist
  • Rotator Cuff Tears / Shoulder Injuries
  • TMJ Dysfunction (Temporomandibular Dysfunction) / Jaw Pain
  • Chonromalacia Patellae

Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Disc Bulges and Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Tendonitis including Biceps Tendonitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Elbow Tendonitis
  • Golfer’s Elbow, Tennis Elbow also know as Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Muscle Sprains including Groin Pulls and Hamstring Tears
  • Ligaments Strains including Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligament Injuries / Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Fascitis)
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Chronic Non-Healing Wounds
  • Diabetic Ulcers of the Foot
  • Venous Ulcers
  • Burns
  • Amputee Stumps

About Laser Therapy:: How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Research biologists describe the healing process in the following way.

1. Reduced blood flow deprives human tissue of oxygen and glucose.
2. The powerhouse of the cell (the mitochondria) needs this oxygen and glucose to manufacture energy (ATP.)

Without ATP (adenosine triphosphate) the cell cannot function (e.g. a muscle cell cannot contract or relax, nerve cells cannot transmit vital signals) and it cannot repair components of the cell that have been damaged.

Simply stated,
NO OXYGEN + NO GLUCOSE ⇒ NO ENERGY ⇒ NO HEALING.

The Solution

Laser therapy bypasses the blood stream and delivers laser energy to light receptors (photoreceptors) within the mitochondria. The mitochondria accept this energy and use it to create ATP, which the cell can use to power the healing process.

LASER STIMULATION OF MITOCHONDRIA ⇒ ENERGY PRODUCTION (ATP) ⇒ HEALING

Treatment with the LiteCure Laser is pain-free. The patient experiences only a gentle warming spa-like sensation over the surface of the skin.

A Real World Analogy of How High Power Laser Therapy Works

Traumatic Injuries and Tissue Degeneration are similar to a bad car accident on the freeway where emergency crews must travel through heavy traffic before they can offer assistance. The freeway can be compared to the blood supply at the injury site and the emergency crew represents the body’s ability to heal itself. There are two primary challenges to the emergency workers, 1) the injured individuals can’t be helped until the traffic jam is cleared, and 2) the traffic can’t be cleared away until the damaged vehicles are removed. As you can see with this example it would likely take a very long time before rescue crews can help out.

This road block prevents oxygen and glucose from reaching the injury site which severely delays the production of energy needed for healing. In other words,
NO OXYGEN + NO GLUCOSE ⇒ NO ENERGY ⇒ NO HEALING.

However, in the real world we have a better option, Life Flight – a helicopter that bypasses the traffic and goesdirectly to the site of the accident to heal the sick and injured. The Cellular Medicine equivalent to Life Flight is Class IV High Power Laser Therapy.

Class IV High Power Laser Therapy does not rely upon the blood stream to deliver its benefit to injured nerves as in the case of oxygen, glucose, elements of the immune system and medications. Laser Therapy delivers the necessary energy directly to the powerhouses of the nerve cell (known as the mitochondria) to jump-start the healing process. The focused, high-energy light waves stimulate the mitochondria to produce the vitally important ATP. This photochemical process completely bypasses the arterial “highway” that was damaged as a result of the initial injury. In other words, the role of Laser Therapy in the healing process can be represented with the following simple formula:
LASER STIMULATION OF MITOCHONDRIA ⇒ ENERGY PRODUCTION (ATP) ⇒ HEALING 

What is the Difference? High Power Laser Therapy vs. Cold Laser Therapy

It’s All about the Power

The single most important factor that determines the effectiveness of Laser Therapy is the Power Output of the Laser Therapy Unit. This power is measured in milliwatts (abbreviated mW). The Power Output of the Laser Therapy Unit is important to the overall therapeutic effect for several reasons.

Power determines:

  • 1) Depth of Penetration (how deep within the body the laser is effective),
  • 2) Treatment Time (more power leads to shorter treatment times), and
  • 3) Therapeutic Effect (the severity of the conditions that can be treated effectively)

Different Classes of Laser Therapy

Although Health Canada recognizes Four Different Classifications of Lasers (Class I – Class IV), only Class IIIb and Class IV have been demonstrated to provide health benefits to patients.

Low Level Laser Therapy (Class IIIb):
Power Output = 25-500mW

Depth of Penetration: Less Than 0.5cm (approximately one-fifth of an inch!)

Class IIIb Lasers have been in use treating a variety of healthcare conditions for many years and are defined as having a total Power Output of 25-500mW. These lasers are commonly referred to as “Cold Laser” or “Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)”. Due to the extremely low power output these “Cold Lasers” are only capable of penetrating 1/5 of an inch deep and treatment times for simple conditions can be as much as 1-2 hours. Since the lasers only penetrate 1/5 of one inch below the skin these Cold Lasers are limited to conditions related to the skin or just below the skin (such as superficial ligaments and nerves that can be found in the more exposed joints of the body like hands, feet, elbows and knees). Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has virtually no impact on the treatment of joint, muscle, nerve, bone or spinal disc conditions since most of these body structures are located well beneath the skin. Therefore, Cold Laser Therapy is often considered obsolete by laser therapy standards.

High Power Laser Therapy (Class IV):

Power Output = 10,000mW (20 times more powerful than the most powerful Class IIIb Laser and 100 times more powerful than the average Class IIIb Lasers)

Depth of Penetration: 3-4 inches (approximately 20-100 times deeper than Cold Laser)

Class IV High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT) is able to treat all the same conditions that respond well to Cold Laser Therapy including a great many more. Because High Power Lasers are able to penetrate more deeply into body tissues the vast majority of muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and nerves and skin can be treated effectively. Treatment times are also dramatically reduced when treating with High Power Laser Therapy. Low Power Lasers (25-500mW) would often require 60-120 minutes in order to deliver a Therapeutic Dose to the affected body part. High Power Laser Therapy (500mW – 10,000mW) deliver an equivalent Therapeutic Dose in a fraction of the time. In fact, the LiteCure Deep Tissue High Power Laser (the most powerful therapeutic laser available in Canada) can deliver a Therapeutic Dose of laser energy to many injured parts of the body within 5-15 minutes!

In summary, High Power Laser Therapy can Treat Many More Conditions in Much Less Time with Far Better Results than Cold Laser.

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Mechanisms of the laser therapy are:

  • Increased scalp blood flow and microcirculation by 30%
  • Increased nutrient supply to enhance hair growth
  • Stimulates and accelerates hair growth
  • Stops the progression of hair loss
  • Repairs and improves hair shaft quality

Treatment Cost: $140.00 Monthly (Recommended 6 Months Min. or combined with PRP Hair Treatment Package)