Laser Physio FAQ

How Does Laser Work?

Laser light with differing wavelengths and duration penetrates soft tissue to deliver energy directly to injured tissue cells. The effect is beneficial for injured skin, muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves, cartilage and bone. About 10% are “fast responders” and notice rapid improvement of pain reduction and swelling. In Canada, thousands of patients have been helped by laser therapy since 1997. The laser treatment itself is not painful. Some patients note a sensation of “warmth” during therapy with the red light treatment head. Laser is delivered via “treatment heads”, or arrays of lasers, plus deep penetrating, focused laser “probes” to reach deeper injured tissue.

Laser Physical Therapy EquipmentLaser Physio reduces pain and swelling in affected joints, and helps both elderly patients with chronic arthritis, and young athletes with acute joint or muscle sprains. A series of 5- 8 treatments is often prescribed by our medical doctor following diagnosis. Often the patient notices a minor change after 3-4 treatments, and then a major improvement follows in 80-85% of treated patients. A few patients notice a major benefit after only 2 or 3 laser treatments, which can be dramatic.

Laser Physio uses the BioFlex system, a Canadian innovation, and reflects 20 years of research & development and clinical practice. The BioFlex laser system is used throughout Canada and the U.S., and is used in Europe and Asia.

What is laser therapy?

Laser therapy is stimulation with low intensity light energy of natural healing processes in our body.

Laser Physio uses red and infrared light at specific wavelengths and intensity which are known since 30 years to accelerate the cellular regeneration process. Laser Physio uses low intensity light therapy (L.I.L.T.) for medical treatment and rehabilitation, not to be confused with high intensity laser which is used in laser surgery for tissue ablation (removal).

What will the laser light do in our body?

  • Stimulates the production of ATP. This is a molecule that carries energy. The cells use this energy to bring in nutrition and take out waste products. It will lead to faster healing of all body structures like muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.
  • Stimulates formation of collagen. Collagen is a protein that is found in our whole body, and is needed to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. Faster production of collagen will lead to less scar formation.
  • Laser light decreases pain. Laser light has a highly beneficial effect on nerve cells, which block pain transmitted by inflamed muscles, tendons, and ligaments to the brain.
  • Accelerates lymphatic system activity. This is a system that filters our body fluid. With an injury the lymphatic vessels will rupture and swelling will occur. Laser light repairs these torn vessels and rapidly reduce swelling.
  • Increases the formation of blood vessels (Angioneogenesis). With an injury microscopic blood vessels are ruptured and will lead to swelling and bruising. Laser light stimulates the repair of these vessels, which is needed to restore normal blood supply for the injured structures.
  • Increases the circulating levels of Serotonin and Endorphins in the blood. Serotonin is a powerful neurotransmitter in the brain. Low Serotonin is found in Depression. Endorphins are the brain’s natural “morphine-like” chemical, and reduce pain when activated.

How does it work?

Photons of light energy are absorbed selectively by injured cells, and transformed into biochemical energy in the mitochondria, which are the “power plants” within all cells. The converted energy stimulates production of new proteins needed for cellular repair of injured tendon, muscle, tendon, blood vessels and nerves. Just as plants absorb light to grow and repair, so do humans.

Why get treatment with laser light?

Laser light speeds up healing by 50%. It “turbo-boosts” the body’s natural healing process.

Laser Physio is beneficial and safe. It works well in elderly patients with years of sore knees and joints, and can improve mobility without painful treatments. Many patients with chronic pain can reduce pain medications with Laser Physio. This means a faster return to your favourite activity or sport, and improved quality of life.

Laser Physio treatment has a persistent effect on the healing process, and the great majority of patients do not relapse after the treatment ends. Laser light therapy stimulates permanent tissue healing, and is not simply temporary relief of symptoms.

What medical conditions are treated with laser therapy?

Muscular-skeletal injury:

  • Tendonitis (example: shoulder rotator-cuff, tennis elbow, golfer’s wrist)
  • Ligament, muscle, or tendon strain
  • Bursitis
  • Back pain (Neck and low back pain, disc herniation)
  • Arthritis (Osteo-arthritis and Rheumatoid)
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Repetitive strain injuries (example: wrist/hand)
  • Plantar fasciitis (example: foot/heel)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Contusion/ Hematoma
  • Nerve irritation.
  • TMJ syndrome (jaw/facial pain)

Skin:

  • Wound healing ( trauma, post surgical)
  • Scar (thick scar, keloid)
  • Diabetic skin ulcer
  • Atherosclerosis ulcers (poor circulation)

What does Laser Physio treatment cost?

Laser Physio treatment costs $100 per one-hour session.

Does my insurance cover laser therapy?

Laser therapy is a form of physiotherapy. We issue receipts for your treatment. If you are covered for physiotherapy by group insurance, you may be reimbursed according to your insurance plan. You should verify if your insurance plan reimburses for physiotherapy using the laser modality, as coverage may vary.