March 2018 Newsletter - Laser Therapy

Class IV Laser Therapy can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion


What is Class IV Laser Therapy? 
Class IV laser therapy is commonly use to treat acute and chronic pain in areas such as back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal conditions. The laser delivers a specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light (photobiomodulation) to induce a therapeutic effect within the body. These wavelengths have shown to modulate cellular protein production and stimulate healing by increasing circulation, decreasing swelling, reducing pain and enhancing tissue repair.

Therapeutic Effects?
The painless application of laser energy promotes blood circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. This creates an optimal healing environment by reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored.

Cellular Effects
During treatment, infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level. Increased metabolic activity within the cell stimulates the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane initiating increased production of cellular energy (ATP). This leads to a cascade of beneficial events promoting the acceleration of the healing process and reduction in pain.

Laser therapy can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion


Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like? There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels a mild, soothing warmth. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.  

How many and how long does each treatment take? For some acute conditions 4 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 6 to 12 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain. The typical treatment is 4 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

  Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment? Yes. Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of treatment, including chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage, soft tissue mobilization and electro therapy. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.  
Has effectiveness been demonstrated
Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. For more information, please visit:http://www.k-laser.com/medical-patients
  How long before the results are felt? You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that the condition is not improving. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

Book An Appointment

If you are interested, please contact the clinic at 905-475-8386 to book in your appointment

visit our website for more information: http://www.unionvillehealthcentre.com or

email us at: info@unionvillehealthcentre.com

Choosing Wisely Canada

Opioids Not a First-Line Treatment For Pain

The College of Family Physicians of Canada and Canadian Spine Society are two of eleven organizations that have released opioid-related recommendations as of March 1, 2018. Both have identified evidence-based clinical scenarios that show when an opioid prescription may not be warranted, and may do more harm than good.

College of Family Physicians of Canada recommendations:

Canadian Spine Society recommendations:

To learn more about the Opioid Wisely campaign, and to view the complete set of recommendations and patient materials, visit www.ChoosingWiselyCanada.org/opioid-wisely. Additional recommendations will be released in the near future.