Cold Laser Therapy by Erchonia
AKA - Low Level Laser Therapy
Laser treatments are becoming increasingly popular for patients seeking alternative pain management techniques.
Laser therapy can:
- Reduce therapy time by quickening the reproduction of cells and their growth
- Safely treat pain by influencing and increas the metabolic activity of cells
- Relieve pain by reducing swelling from bruising or inflammation
- Increase circulation to damaged cell sites
- Minimize scar formation from surgery, cuts, burns, etc
What Is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy treatment is a non-invasive therapy that makes use of intense beams of light of specific wavelengths to help reduce pain related to your injury.
LASER stands for ‘Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.’
When it comes to therapeutic use, lasers are often referred to as:
- Cold Lasers
- Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
- High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT)
The Low-Level Laser Therapy utilizes red (and close to red) infrared light on areas of injury or wounds in order to mend the soft tissue and also to give relief from acute and chronic pain.
When the lights of specific wavelengths are targeted to a particular area of body, physiological changes take place in the cells. This process is known as photobiomodulation. - Cold Lasers - Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
In contrast to surgical lasers, the therapeutic lasers gently pass through your skin without breaking the skin or causing discomfort. - High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT)
Laser therapy is considered by many professionals and patients to be a very effective tool in improving injury condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the side effects associate with Cold Laser Therapy?
Health care professionals, medical practitioners and pain clinics around the world have been using Laser Therapy for the past 25 years. Research has shown a minimal chances of side effects.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments varies and totally depends on what problem the patient is facing. If there is an acute condition, at least six treatments may be required to help in reducing pain. If it is a chronic problem, you may require twelve to fifteen treatments.
When can I expect results?
You may notice positive results after the very first Laser Therapy session. Typically, pain is greatly reduced after the third or the fourth session.
Can Laser Therapy be combined with other treatments?
Yes, Laser Therapy can be used together with many other types of therapy such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy, among others.
The Institute of Physical Therapy, Bergen University College, Norway conducted a study on ‘Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy and Eccentric Exercises in the Treatment of Recreational Athletes With Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy.’ It was concluded that Low-Level Laser Therapy, with the parameters used in this study, accelerates clinical recovery from chronic Achilles Tendinopathy when added to an EE regimen. For the LLLT group, the results with the laser at 4 weeks were similar to the placebo LLLT group results who waited 12 weeks.
As most people know, exercise plays a vital role in our overall health and wellness. With proper exercise:
- The body becomes fitter, stronger, and more powerful.
- The body’s stability, poise and balance is improved.
- You are able to sense the movements of your body better.
- Pain relief is achieved through regular performance of prescribed exercises.
- Obesity, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and migraines can be managed.
What is an Exercise Prescription?
An important part of physiotherapy is exercise prescription. This plays an important role in improving the performance and functioning of the body area under rehabilitation.
The physiotherapist assesses and evaluates the right course of physiotherapy treatment that can help the individual recover and become fit and healthy.
The exercises that are prescribed include active motion, strengthening, stretching, balancing, and conditioning exercises.
A physiotherapist includes exercise prescription as a major component in his or her treatment techniques. This form of treatment is continually applied, assessed and reviewed to suit the needs of the patient.
Exercise prescriptions revolve around the goals that the physiotherapist sets for the patient to fully recover and regain his or her former level of fitness. Exercise is a very good preventive measure against the possibility of future complications or illnesses.
How it Helps
If you are an athlete or someone who believes in optimal fitness, you are serious about working out. However, this is not limited to athletes and health buffs. Fitness trainers and physiotherapists develop exercise prescriptions or guidelines for patients as well.
A personalized workout regimen is beneficial to patients since it addresses their individual needs, leading to recovery and a healthier lifestyle.
With the right set of workout routines in an exercise prescription, the body functions efficiently. The exercise program should take into consideration the health status, physical activity, goals, and interests of the patient.
The physiotherapist will be able to integrate all these factors and develop an overall exercise plan that also targets problem areas.
What takes place at the appointment
Your provider does a thorough assessment before giving an exercise prescription. The assessment can involve determining joint related problems, musculoskeletal problems, cardiovascular fitness, abdominal fitness, general mobility, arthritis, pregnancy, blood pressure, and respiratory illnesses, among others.
Do I get a report and printed take home exercises?
Yes, you will receive printed instructions for home exercises and care.
What is Interferential Current Therapy:
Interferential current therapy is an effective therapy option used by many physiotherapy clinics to relieve pain and accelerate the self-healing process, getting your body back to a healthy, pain free state. The high frequency signals of an IFC penetrate through the skin into deeper lying muscle tissues.
Electrodes are placed on your skin around the injured body part. The Interferential Current device then transmits electrical impulses in minute quantities through your skin. Underlying tissue and nerves are stimulated which begins the healing properties. These impulses are not painful in the least. In fact, patients describe the sensation as a minor prickle on their skin. Frequencies produced by the IFC have been proven to stimulate endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. This can help to create a self-healing process without the need to for medications. This form of therapy is also extremely useful in reducing pain, inflammation, curing edema, and spasms.
- Reduces or eliminates your pain safely.
- Noticeable decrease in swelling and inflammation.
- Restores lost movement and improves restricted movements and coordination.
- Stimulates the natural hormones which can help your body heal faster.
- Considered by many experts as a highly effective form of treatment for chronic pain.
How do interferential therapy help?
Interferential Current stimulation is very useful in the treatment of circulatory and muscular disorders, stiffness of joints, edema, and inflammation. If you suffer from health problems such as cumulative trauma disorders, body pain, joint injuries, or are pre or post orthopedic surgery, interferential current therapy is and important option.
Interferential current therapy has been in use for many years, and there have been numerous case studies and research reports that have documented its versatility in treating diverse symptoms, accelerating the healing process and restoring normal movement. Patients who chose to undergo interferential current therapy have fewer post-op complications compared to people who rely exclusively on medications for pain relief. It also helps in blood circulation and hastens the healing process by stimulating endorphins.
Is it safe?
Absolutely! The electrical impulses sent through your body are tiny. You will not experience any pain or shock. At the most, you will experience a slight tickling sensation.
Does Insurance cover interferential therapy?
Most insurance providers pay for the treatment because it is a proven method to treat pain and inflammation. However, you may want to check with your insurance provider for clarification.
Is interferential better than TENS?
Interferential current therapy is a deeper form of the common treatment TENS. The frequency is higher at 4000Hz from interferential current therapy compared to the same signal released by a TENS unit at low frequencies of 5-160 Hz per second. The IFC’s high frequency waveform reaches the skin deeply with a higher level of stimulation and less discomfort to the patient.
How does interferential therapy work?
Interferential current therapy is stimulation made by the interception of two electrical mediums of varying frequencies that work together to successfully stimulate large impulse fibers. These frequencies interfere with the pain transmission messages at the spinal cord level. Due to the frequency aspect, the interferential current meets fewer obstacles when crossing the skin to treat the underlying tissue.
The Effect of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NEMS) was conducted by the University of Pittsburg in 2008 to study how the therapy could produce 40 percent of maximum voluntary contraction in increasing muscle size.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia in April 1995 studied ‘pedal forces produced during neuromuscular electrical stimulation cycling in paraplegics’.
About Ultrasound Therapy
- An excellent option for deep tissue injuries.
- Helps in improving blood circulation and may speed up the healing process.
- Aids in reducing swelling and edema in affected area.
- Enhances the revival of damaged tissues.
- Can aid in administering medicines non-invasively with the help of ultrasound waves.
What is Therapeutic Ultrasound
Ultrasound is a therapy in which the ultrasound technique is used for treating chronic pain and various kinds of disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and acute injuries.
Ultrasound therapy makes use of ultrasound waves in order to target problems that are present deep inside the body without breaking the skin’s surface.
Ultrasound is used for therapeutic purposes in such a way that the high-frequency sound waves reach the affected area and relieve the pain without side effect.
Ultrasound therapy can be an ideal way to effectively treat musculoskeletal injuries, joint pains, soft tissue injuries, bone fractures and restricted range of movements that occur at a depth of 1cm to 5cm underneath the skin.
How it Helps
High frequency ultrasound waves penetrate deep inside the skin and target the affected area that cannot be reached by other methods such as manual therapy.
When ultrasound therapy is applied to the skin, the therapist makes use of coupling gel in order to reduce the friction on the surface of the skin. The basis of the ultrasound therapy is to restore normal blood flow at the affected area, relax the muscles and trigger the self healing process.
How Soon can I expect improvement?
Patients can experience pain relief shortly after the first therapeutic ultrasound session. Since the treatment sessions can last for two to three weeks, the benefits of the ultrasound therapy can be easily observed during this period. If you follow the treatment protocol advised by your therapist, you will recover quickly.
What does it feel like?
During an ultrasound therapy session, patients will not feel or hear much as ultrasound waves cannot be easily detected. Patients feel no pain but may experience slight heat at the applied spot.
Application of coupling gel on the skin and on the device will help to reduce any minor discomfort a patient might feel from the heat arising from the device.
A study was done to evaluate the clinical safety of intense ultrasound in the treatment of the dermis and subcutaneous tissues of the face and neck in terms of skin inflammation, pain, adverse events, and histologic features and it revealed that the intense ultrasound system allowed for the safe and well-tolerated placement of targeted, precise, and consistent thermal injury zones in the dermis and subcutaneous tissues with sparing of the epidermis.
Percussor Therapeutic Device by Erchonia
The Erchonia Percussor device is a hand-held mechanical adjustment device that is supplied complete - with NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. It is a portable, self-contained unit, designed for ease of use with a unique "Galvanic Wave" action head that provides comfort to the patient receiving percussion as well as more control to the Doctor providing the treatment.
The variable speed feature offers the practitioner the control to change speeds to the desired output giving the highest degree of control. Each Percussor package is subjected to a thorough Quality Assurance inspection in order to ensure the highest quality product that can be made. The Percussor operates with a set of two attachment tips. One cone head tip, (sent attached), and one flat pad tip. The tips "twist" on and off. The leather hand strap is sent attached for your convenience. The wall-mounting bracket for the control box has complete mounting instructions included in the packaging.
The hand held portion's 7.5" height, 5" length, and 2.5" width, offers inherent flexibility. The control box's dimensions are 1.75" height, 5.75" length, and 5.5 in width. The Variable Percussor package is made up of the following equipment items: two attachment heads, flat pad and cone head, Power cord, Leather hand strap, Wall mounting bracket for control box. Optional Attachments: Flat Roller, Spinal Roller
- Variable speed 1 to 3600 Hz
- Patented galvanic motion
- New Lighter version
- Heat dispensing electronics
- Two year warranty
- Comes with Carrying Case
- ISO 9001 Quality Certified
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