wear-and-tear arthritis, cartilage wear (arthrosis), arthritis, Disorders of vertebral column: pain relief, inflammation decrease (e.g. lumbago), muscle diseases (e.g. muscle pain, limited movement (contracture)
The Safe Laser 500 and 1800 (880nm monochromatic and coherent *) Infra laser’s light is absorbed in much deeper layers (biological effect reaches even depth of 8-10 cm), so it can be excellently used e.g. in therapy of musculoskeletal disorder, where pain is relieved, inflammation decreased and healing of muscles, tendons, joints is accelerated.
In case of higher dose it is suitable for regeneration of cartilage and cartilage surface of joints as well.
Time of healing of traumatic and sport injuries is shortened by laser therapy!
Applying before surgery it accelerates absorption of haematoma, oedema, so the surgery area becomes more accessible, pain gets reduced.
Apply post-surgery laser therapy 1-2 times/day to achieve quciker healing.
In case of fractures a „small window” would be cut on the plastered limb and direct laser enlightening gives intensive help to the process of ossification.
Pain relief effect of laser therapy is based on several biological processes:
- It blocks the transmission of pain stimulus between the injured part of the body and the brain. This way it reduces sensitivity of the nerves and reduces pain.
- It decreases inflammation and swell in the injured part of the body. They play an important role not “only” in pain killing, but they also help healing.
- It increases the production and release of enkephalins and endorphins, that are nature pain relief chemicals in our organism, thus reduces the pain feeling.
Reducing inflammation and swelling
The smaller arteries and lymph vessels expand due to the effect of the laser therapy. This enhanced vasodilation allows for the build up of fluid (edema) to leave the body’s tissues from the injured areas thus decrease swelling. Dilation of the lymph vessel improves lymphatic circulation, thus promoting the essential healing process. This biological mechanism explains why bruise heals instantaneously due to laser effect.
Dilation of lymph vessels improves lymphatic circulation, which promotes this vital healing process. This biological mechanism explains why bruising heals extremely quickly with laser therapy.
Nerve and muscle damages
Laser therapy after an injury accelerates regeneration of nerve relations, thus the time needed for healing of nerves is reduced. Moreover it increases strength of the signals furthered through the nerve fibres and so it generally improves the operation of nerves and muscles. These two processes explain the efficiency of laser therapy in easing nerve damages (sharp pain, on pins and needles, tingling, burning).
Phantom pain: Pain at the site of the lost limb after limb amputation (a very strong treatment response is expected within 12 hours, the pain may intensify for 24 hours, but improvement can be seen after the 2nd treatment.)
Healing of wounds and injuries
Soft-laser gives biostimulation (stimulation) effect on the living organism. This means that cells, and tissues can more quickly regenerate when lighted with soft-laser (e.g. healing of wound is accelerated.) Due to the effect of the laser light, metabolism of cells improves and even new cells, tissues and new capillaries develop.
Soft-laser therapy significantly promotes the formation of new capillaries (smallest blood vessels) in damaged tissues. More capillaries can deliver more blood to the damaged areas, which speeds up healing and regeneration processes, so wounds heal faster and scar formation is reduced.
Laser irradiation also has a serious effect on individual blood cells. Laser light significantly increases the oxygen and nutrient carrying capacity of red blood cells. This process increases energy production, metabolism, and thus regeneration of cells and more efficient production of certain enzymes. The effect can be felt throughout the whole body and not just in areas treated with laser light.
In summary: laser light stimulates self-healing capacity of the body
Laser therapy also stimulates the production of fibroblasts, being the elements of collagen production. Collagen is the essential protein inevitable for the renewal of old tissues and for the healing of injured tissues. Because of the collagen production improving effect of laser therapy it is very efficient in treating open wounds and burns.
Frequency of treatment depends on the duration of existence of the disease. (How long have you been struggling with your problem/disease/injury?)
- Acute diseases (recently arisen) and treatment of postsurgery cases: Treatments are to be applied daily during 1-2 weeks, later 3 times per week until the cessation of symptoms. Improvement might be noticed already during the first treatment or within one day.
- Treatment of chronic (lasting) diseases (arisen earlier than 6-8 weeks) : Prolonged diseases are to be treated less frequently. Use the laser device 3 times per week until it comes to an end or a significant decrease of symptoms will be seen. In case of chronic (prolonged) diseases duration of the healing process is naturally longer (days, weeks, maybe months).
Following the first treatments mild tingle may be felt, several hours later the pain may increase in case of several chronic diseases (treatment reaction), but this is temporary symptom. Intensity of the pain keeps decreasing with the number of treatments and leaves off after 3-4 treatments, and the improvement starts up. Such treatment reaction is a normal accompanying symptom indicating the patient’s reaction to the therapy.
If we observe that e.g. the aching joint neither gets better nor gets worse, we probably treated with too low dosage (enlightening of too short duration).
If by chance the pain increases, becomes prolonged as a result of treatments, it may mean that the dosage of treatment was too high. Over-treatment does not cause lasting harm. In this case several treatments are left out and the therapy is continued with lower doses (less sessions or shorter duration)
One of the reason of the accompanying pain is the sudden restart of microcirculation (flow of blood in the smallest veins) in the stagnant areas. Decomposition products (not carried away) accumulated in the stagnant parts get into the circulation suddenly, therefore nausea, fatigue, malaise may occur (following treatment of extended areas or high doses).
If the increased dose does not reduce the pain within a few weeks, the pain is likely to radiate to this point but the root cause is somewhere else. Finding the real cause of pain is addressed by “trigger point therapy”.
More frequent or prolonged treatments does not necessarily accelerate healing, because there is a biological limit beyond with cells which cannot be further stimulated by irradiation!
- In case of muscles, we thoroughly palpate the muscles and we treate the pressure sensitive points.
- In case of joints we generally treat in the line of joint gap.
Joints can be better reached by bending the limbs, so inner part of the joint can be enlightened. Muscles moving the joint are felt and touched and sensitive points are treated.
- For tendons: Treatment is applied at the insertion of tendons, muscle-tendon transition and pressure-sensitive points.
Even in case if the treatment points are not found precisely, the therapy can be efficient, because the light of Safe Laser Infra is spread on an extended surface.