Why is Laser Therapy at East Mountain Massage?
Massage Therapy is defined as “the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.” Massage Therapy Act 1991
When patients come in for massage therapy, they are in pain, are stiff and in some cases have swelling. It has been scientifically proven that through manual manipulation through massage therapy which increases the blood flow, and giving the body the necessary tools to heal faster*
Laser therapy has been scientifically proven** to speed up the healing process, which in cases of sudden onset injuries, i.e. (not limited to) Whiplash, sprained ankle, scar from a recent knee replacement surgery or chronic re-occurrences i.e. (not limited to) inflammation/pain from osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease. If left to natural healing, the time it takes for these issues to resolve turn into longer, agonizing healing time frame, in addition compensating muscles and other issues such as increased pain, stiffness, swelling and putting more stress and strain on the body, increasing that healing time frame, which in this day and age, who has the time OR energy for this?
Melissa uses the combination of Massage Therapy with Laser Therapy in order to better focus your body to heal more efficiently.
What is Laser Therapy?
When Melissa’s patients ask her what laser therapy is, she explains that it emits 2 different lights through the array (where it emits both lights in a wide range allowing your body to soak in as much as it can), then beams the infrared light (directing a beam of light using the laser): first a red light (that gets absorbed by your skin and your red blood cells) and an infrared light (that penetrated deeper, which your white blood cells, lymphatic system, muscles and tendons absorb that light. Through this light therapy, at the cellular level, your cell absorbs the light and converts it into energy (like Popeye and his spinach), your cells get a boost of energy which in turn helps it focus its energy to help heal. We need to be careful not to use “rapid” healing. Since your cell now has a boost of energy, it is able to focus on its job (healing, moving the inflammation out faster which in turn prevents your secondary structures from even getting involved in the “muscle guarding” stage.
Official definition found on Bioflex Laser website:
Laser therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission from a low intensity laser diode (250 milliwatts or less) or an array of high intensity super-luminous diodes (providing total optical power up to the 2000-milliwatt range) to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons.
These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions leading to the restoration of normal cell structure and function
The process is curative and therefore results in the elimination of symptoms including pain. Conditions treated include musculoskeletal problems, the arthritides, sports injuries and dermatological conditions. The light source is placed in contact with the tissues allowing the photon energy to penetrate widely, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the normalization of cellular components. This also enhances the body’s natural healing processes.
The Practice of Low-Level Laser Therapy
Author: Bernard E. Filner, MD
Source: Meditech International Inc.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has only been used in the United States since 2002, although it has been used widely in Europe and Asia for the past several decades. I admit to being biased—originally against it, and now energetically in favor of more widespread use of this valuable technology. Insurance companies are very short-sighted in refusing to pay for this therapy; it is less costly, safer, and allows for a more “complete” treatment of chronic pain syndromes. **Read More