Multi Radiance Laser Therapy
The Multi Radiance Laser is a modern cold laser treatment that targets many conditions; such as back, neck, shoulder and knee pain. It is often used in conjunction with other drug-free treatments resulting in an effective non-invasive therapy which enhances recovery from chronic pain or acute injury.
Multi Radiance Laser – A Mainstream Medical Modality
Dr Norman Doidge is a medical doctor and author who wrote the best selling book on neuroplasticity, The Brain That Changes Itself. He has recently published a sequel, The brain’s way of healing. A must-read chapter is Rewiring the brain with light where he describes clinicians using cold laser to heal nerves damaged by inflammation in such conditions as neuro-degenerative disorders and stroke. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), using a cold laser like the Multi Radiance laser, has now become a mainstream 21st century medical modality.
“Where inflammatory processes have become stuck and chronic, as happens with many diseases, laser light can unblock the stalled process and quickly move it to a normal resolution”. – Norman Doidge M.D. The Brain’s Way of Healing
What is Multi Radiance Laser Treatment?
The Multi Radiance Laser is a modern cold laser treatment that targets many conditions; such as back, neck, shoulder and knee pain. It is often used in conjunction with other drug-free treatments resulting in an effective non-invasive therapy which enhances recovery from chronic pain or acute injury. When the Multi Radiance Laser is placed over the skin of injured or sick cells in muscles and ligaments, photon energy is absorbed by the cells. This action stimulates the damaged cells to increase their energy production (ATP) which is used to restore the damaged cells back to healthy, active cells.
Low Level Laser therapy is a gentle, safe and pain-free solution for many conditions. Some of the conditions that can be treated include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Ankle sprains
- Muscle strain
- Chronic inflammation – in muscles, joints and soft tissues
- Post-operative pain
- Sports injuries
How does it work?
The Multi Radiance laser is placed over the painful or injured area for several minutes. We then treat corresponding lymphatic areas and reflex points that relate to the injured or painful area. A typical treatment takes from 5 to 15 minutes and significant relief is often felt after only 4-6 treatments. Relief corresponds with the resolution of inflammation, stimulation of the body’s immune system and increase in blood and lymphatic circulation.
Laser therapy also targets scar tissue and painful muscle trigger points to ‘soften’ the fibrotic nodules and tissue.
The Multi Radiance laser is a ‘cold laser’ – meaning it doesn’t produce any heat. This means it is totally pain-free and very relaxing.
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The Multi Radiance Laser uses laser and LED light with an adjustable spectrum of frequencies (660 nm, 875 nm and 905 nm) that allow the practitioner to cover a broad therapeutic window. The effects of the Multi Radiance laser are determined by the combination of red and infra-red light and the appliied frequency.
Software in the device combines and alternates frequencies to saturate deep tissue and can achieve optimal results.
- 660 nm assists other wavelengths of light to pass through shallow tissues
- 875 nm infrared can reduce interference from deeper cellular structures
- 905 nm can reach up to 4-5 inches when pulsed with the other frequencies
Cold laser treatment is also called photobiomodulation. This means the laser light causes the attraction of oxygen, water and nutrients thereby stimulating healthy cellular activity in the injured or painful area. The frequencies used do not heat or burn the skin. Patients sometimes report a slight, pleasant tingling sensation in the treated area during the procedure. Our practitioners adjust the laser settings and protocols according to your specific needs and condition. The Multi Radiance Laser is used by all our practitioners – chiropractors, occupational therapists and podiatrists.
What happened to the RICE technique?
A brief word is needed about the use of ice when treating an acute injury. Until very recently, RICE (also known as Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) was the the “go to” method for acute joint sprains and muscle strains. However, research has indicated that applying ice to injured tissue causes blood vessels to tighten, restricting the flow of blood to the area. But good blood flow and lymphatic drainage is essential in the natural healing of damaged cells. After ice application, it can take several hours for the blood vessels to open and function normally. Prolonged or incorrect application of ice can also result in further tissue damage.
The new technique, based on recent evidence, shows that MELT (Movement, Elevation, Laser and Taping) is a better approach for healing muscle inflammation and ligament damage. MELT dampens down the inflammatory response of pain and swelling – without stopping tissue repair or shutting down circulation. This technique has been proven to have a quicker recovery time, enhanced healing and longer lasting results. Our clinic recommends that the MELT principle is applied as soon as possible after an acute sprain or strain. You will get back on your feet quicker by getting out of the ‘ice age’!
How long until I see results?
As with most treatments, healing takes time. Results can vary depending on an individual’s health and the nature of their injury or condition. However, most patients can feel significant improvements after 6-8 treatments. Muscle strains can recover quickly, where complex injuries take a longer time to achieve full tissue repair and regain pre-injury strength and function. We always prescribe an Active Care program consisting of specific exercises which aid recovery, improve fitness and help prevent future problems.
What are the benefits of Multi Radiance Laser Treatment?
There are a number of benefits regarding the use of Low Level Laser Therapy. Some of these benefits are:
- Increased oxygen levels: Injured cells require more oxygen in order to get better. Applying the Multi Radiance Laser over blood vessels results in a 9-10% increase in oxygen to the damaged tissues.
- Natural Pain Relief: Low Level Laser stimulates the production of endorphins and enkephalins in the brain and spinal cord. These are our body’s natural pain killers and along with toning down the stress response and activating the relaxation effect, low level laser results in effective and natural pain relief.
- Decreased inflammation: When muscles and ligaments become injured, inflammatory chemicals cause swelling and pain. Cold Laser Therapy tones down the inflammatory response by decreasing pain and swelling and increasing lymphatic drainage. This allows our white blood cells and fibroblasts to get on with the job of repairing damaged cells and tissue.
- Increased healing response: Cold Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue and adhesions during the healing phase. This means stronger tisdsue repair, a faster recovery and the prevention of a re- injury.
Multi Radiance Laser Therapy Treatment at Burswood Health
Chiropractic treatment can be enhanced when combined with the Multi Radiance Laser. There is a high level of evidence showing Multi Radiance laser in conjunction with chiropractic treatment may be more effective for common injuries such as neck, back and knee pain, muscle spasms and trigger points. Dr Lindie Saayman published a paper in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics (2011) which compared chiropractic treatment to cold laser. She discovered significant results for each approach, BUT the subjects that received both chiropractic care and cold lasers were almost double the improvement.
Patients treated by our soft tissue occupational therapists [ link to Occupational Therapy Services ] can benefit from the addition of cold laser therapy. Chronic pain can hinder recovery and the application of low level laser can penetrate scar tissue and relax painful trigger points. Cold laser combined with soft tissue therapy can be very helpful in a person who suffers from chronic pain and is overworked, unfit and chronically inflammed. Our occupational therapists will gently guide you through a recovery program that will ease your pain, restore your energy and improve your fitness.
Podiatry programmes [ link to Podiatry Services ] often include the Multi Radiance Laser to improve the treatment of a variety of foot conditions. In conjunction with other treatments, it can improve blood flow, restore healthy blood vessels, and optimise healthy cellular activity in the tissues of your feet and legs. A clear diagnosis is the starting point to make a well-informed choice in regards to the appropriate treatment. The practitioners will work on a treatment plan with you which can include the Multi Radiance Laser where stubborn pain or inflammation can hinder your progress.
Call us, 08 9361 26 28. Book with our experienced practitioners to see how we can help you.
Practitioners who can help you with this issue
Dr Kirsty Sterle
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Dr Angus Chow
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