Dr. Nina uses a Class 4 multiwave locked system (MLS) laser at 808 and 905 nm by Cutting Edge Laser technologies. The MLS laser uses specific wavelengths of light that have a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema effect on tissues that are exposed to laser. Painful conditions accompanied by swelling or inflammation benefit from this technology. Photons of laser energy penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result the cell of the tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves faster. As inflammation is reduced pain subsides very quickly. In simple terms laser energy kick starts the healing process thereby speeding recovery.
Unlike some pharmacological solutions, there are no known negative side effects. Laser therapy is cleared by the FDA and is safe and effective. It is proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible studies conducted in our country's finest institutions including Harvard University.
MLS laser therapy is painless! Most patients report no sensation at all while receiving laser therapy. Treatments average 8 minutes. MLS laser therapy is fast acting; many patients in high levels of acute pain experience relief after the first or second treatment.
Over 90% of patients experience positive results after the 3rd treatment with the average course of treatment being 6 to 10 sessions. In many cases by the 3rd or 4th treatment swelling is greatly reduced and there is rapid relief of pain. The effects of MLS laser therapy are cumulative therefore; expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment pain. Chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one phase of treatments.
It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended or symptoms are likely to reoccur.
MLS Laser Therapy effectively and successfully treats:
Tendon and ligament injuries
Soft tissue injuries
Muscle strains and tears
Sore muscles and joints
Degenerative joint conditions
Chronic non-healing wounds
Pre and post surgical treatment
Specific neurological conditions
Common Results and Benefits:
Rapid pain relief
Strong anti-inflammatory effect
Timely healing of sprains and strains
Rapid recovery of the structural integrity of injured region
Rapid resolutions of swollen areas
Immediate improvement of local blood circulation
Rapid repair of superficial injuries, such as wounds and ulcers
Benefits of Laser Therapy:
No sedation necessary
No side effects
Speeds Healing Process
Commonly treated Conditions:
Sprains and Strains
Back and Joint Pain
Post Surgical Recovery
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Bruising, Contusions and Muscle Tears
How does it work for you?
Light energy will enter the damaged cells and stimulate inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover the healing process is complete.
What can you expect during your treatment with Dr. Nina?
Laser therapy is painless and usually lasts several minutes. You may experience a comfortable sensation at the point of application. You can use this time to relax or ask Dr. Nina questions you may have.
What can you expect after the treatment?
Most patients see positive results in 1-3 treatments. The swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. Chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one set of treatments.
Contact Dr. Nina today to schedule an evaluation to find out if MLS Laser Therapy is the right treatment for you. She has had many patients experience great results using the MLS laser.
The following is an explanation of a more in depth explanation of laser therapy citing several scientific studies:
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is the application of light (usually a low power laser or LED in the range of 1mW - 500mW) to a pathology to promote tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The light is typically of narrow spectral width in the red or near infrared(NIR) spectrum (600nm - 1000nm), with a power density (irradiance) between 1mw-5W/cm2. It is typically applied to the injury for a minute or so, a few times a week for several weeks. Unlike other medical laser procedures, LLLT is not an ablative or thermal mechanism, but rather a photochemical effect comparable to photosynthesis in plants whereby the light is absorbed and exerts a chemical change.
Cellular Chromophores and First Law of Photobiology
The first law of photobiology states that for low power visible light to have any effect on a living biological system, the photons must be absorbed by electronic absorption bands belonging to some molecular photoacceptors, or chromophores (Sutherland 2002). A chromophore is a molecule (or part of a molecule) which imparts some decided color to the compound of which it is an ingredient. Chromophores almost always occur in one of two forms: conjugated pi electron systems and metal complexes.
Examples of such chromophores can be seen in chlorophyll (used by plants for photosynthesis), hemoglobin, cytochrome c oxidase (Cox), myoglobin, flavins, flavoproteins and porphyrins (Karu 1999).
One important consideration should involve the optical properties of tissue. There is a so-called "optical window" in tissue, where the effective tissue penetration of light is maximized. This optical window runs approximately from 650 nm to 1200 nm.
Current research about the mechanism of LLLT effects inevitably involves mitochondria. Mitochondria play an important role in energy generation and metabolism. Mitochondria are sometimes described as "cellular power plants", because they convert food molecules into energy in the form of ATP via the process of oxidative phosphorylation
The mechanism of LLLT at the cellular level has been attributed to the absorption of monochromatic visible and NIR radiation by components of the cellular respiratory chain (Karu 1989). Several pieces of evidence suggest that mitochondria are responsible for the cellular response to red visible and NIR light.
Nitric oxide produced in the mitochondria can inhibit respiration by binding to Cox and competitively displacing oxygen, especially in stressed or hypoxic cells (Brown 2001). Increased nitric oxide (NO) concentrations can sometimes be measured in cell culture or in animals after LLLT due to its photo release from the mitochondria and Cox. It has been proposed that LLLT might work by photodissociating NO from Cox, thereby reversing the mitochondrial inhibition of respiration due to excessive NO binding (Lane 2006).
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) are involved in the signaling pathways from mitochondria to nuclei. They are highly with biological molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids and unsaturated lipids. ROS form as a natural by-product of the normal metabolism of oxygen and have important roles in cell signaling (Storz 2007), regulating nucleic acid synthesis, protein synthesis, enzyme activation and cell cycle progression Brondon et al. 2005). LLLT was reported to produce a shift in overall cell redox potential in the direction of greater oxidation
These cytosolic responses may in turn induce transcriptional changes.
Several transcription factors are regulated by changes in cellular redox state. But the most important one is nuclear factor B (NF-B). LLLT can prevent cell apoptosis and improve cell proliferation, migration and adhesion at low levels of red/NIR light illumination
There have been a large number of both animal model and clinical studies that demonstrated highly beneficial LLLT effects on a variety of diseases, injuries, and has been widely used in both chronic and acute conditions. LLLT may enhance neovascularisation, promote angiogenesis and increase collagen synthesis to promote healing of acute (Hopkins et al. 2004) and chronic wounds (Yu et al. 1997). LLLT
provided acceleration of cutaneous wound healing in rats with a biphasic dose response favoring lower doses (Corazza et al. 2007). LLLT can also stimulate healing of deeper structures such as nerves (Gigo-Benato et al. 2004), tendons (Fillipin et al. 2005), cartilage (Morrone et al. 2000), bones (Weber et al. 2006) and even internal organs (Shao et al. 2005). LLLT can reduce pain (Bjordal et al. 2006a), inflammation (Bjordal et al. 2006b) and swelling (Carati et al. 2003) caused by injuries, degenerative
diseases or autoimmune diseases.