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On the Bright Side
ADVANCE for Directors in Rehabilitation
by Robert E. Post, PT, PhD
April 10, 2007
An evidence-based look at laser therapy shows promise for musculoskeletal conditions.
As early as the 1960s, Endre Mester studied the effects of low-energy argon and helium-neon lasers on the behavior of biological tissues and cells, both in vivo and in vitro. In the following decade, researchers Freidrich Plog and Joseph Skovajsa presented data on the positive effects of low-energy lasers for wound healing, pain relief and laser acupuncture.
Laser/Light Therapy Approved
by Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners
March 15, 2007
The Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners approves Laser Therapy
A variety of low-level laser and light therapy (LLLT a.k.a phototherapy) is available to Oregon chiropractic physicians as a standard treatment for NMS conditions.
New light on pain
March 14, 2007
THE ancient Chinese therapy of acupuncture has gone hi-tech.
Laser beams have replaced needles to tackle acute and chronic neck, back, hip and knee pain. Laser acupuncture is also being used to relieve migraines, morning sickness, period pain, muscle sprains and strains, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infection, eczema and bed wetting in children.
Lasers Aim at Pain and Swelling
by The Wall Street Journal
March 5, 2007
It may sound like something out of "Star Trek" but makers of low-intensity "cold" lasers say the devices treat a broad range of pain and swelling, and may even heal a fracture.
Physicians say there is some credible scientific evidence for cold lasers, but beware of exaggerated claims. Be skeptical of very low-powered lasers, such as Erchonia's, which is five milliwatts.
NASA Space Technology Shines Light on Healing
December 18, 2006
Doctors at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have discovered the healing power of light with the help of technology developed for NASA's Space Shuttle.
Using powerful light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, originally designed for commercial plant growth research in space, scientists have found a way to help patients here on Earth. Doctors are examining how this special lighting technology helps hard-to-heal wounds, such as diabetic skin ulcers, serious burns, and severe oral sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation.
Chiropractic evaluation useful tool for athletes
The Citizen (NY)
by Scott Kilmer
December 5, 2006
For whatever reason, young athletes today are more focused and driven than ever before. As a result, some of our youth are involved in competition or training 365 days a year.
A young athlete's body can wrack up quite a bit of banging around and trauma. What might be written off as "growing pains" may well be accumulated trauma to the joints and spine.
Successful New Pain Treatment for Arthritis, Joint, Muscle, Nerve Damage
Business Wire (CA)
November 28, 2006
Using Revolutionary Class IV Laser Therapy
Treating pain reduction is a specialty of Orange County, Southern California-based Dr. Melissa Ritter, D.C., who is using a revolutionary infrared laser beam for conditions such as arthritis, joint/muscle/nerve pain, and fibromyalgia. In many cases up to 90% success rate.
Therapeutic Results Achieved with the Class IV Laser
by Robert L. Wertz, PhD
October 27, 2006
The trend in laser therapy for the past 10 years has been to increase power density and dose, since this has been shown to improve therapeutic outcomes considerably.
Controlled clinical studies have demonstrated that while laser therapy is effective for some specific applications, the most common reason for poor clinical outcomes is related to low power or dosage.
Controversial Therapy Keeps Gregory On Ice
by Tommy Hine
October 20, 2006
When doctors told Melissa Gregory she would be in a cast for three weeks, she slipped into denial for the second time that day. Hours earlier, when a 45-pound weight fell off its rack and landed on her left foot. Gregory refused to admit she was hurt.
"After four days, I put my foot in my skate and got back on the ice," Gregory said. "Four days." "Things can happen," he said. "Cold laser therapy, based on the people who use it, has treated soft tissue pain and tendons, tendinitis, tendon injuries.
Chiropractors Expanding Practices with Cold Laser Therapy
PR Web (TX)
September 4, 2006
Austin -- Cold lasers, also known as low level lasers, have been utilized throughout Europe for decades. While new to the United States, decades of worldwide cold laser use have produced few, if any, widely reported of side effects to date.
Laser light has been thought to stimulate tissue and aid tissue to heal more rapidly. Common uses include pain control, wound care, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other painful and debilitating conditions. Many doctors use the comparison of taking a sick plant and putting it out in the sun in describing how they believe laser light helps to heal tissue in the human body. Laser light penetrates the body and is thought to stimulate metabolic process in the body.
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