Monday, February 15th, 2010

Become Painfree the Laser Way

cold_laserOvercoming pain and addictions are one of the challenges faced by modern medicine. Beyond the realm of painkillers Archana Darshan investigates about newer methods to seek pain relief. 

Dr Usha Sapra, consultant with Delhi based Soham, society for holistic medicine  practices relatively less known cold laser therapy which helps people seek freedom from crippling pains and addictions. If you have been looking for a unique treatment that can help your body heal from chronic injuries and relieve pain, continue reading to find more about the therapy…..
Cold laser therapy is a form of medical treatment which involves the use of a low intensity laser to address pain and inflammation. A number of terms are used to refer to cold laser therapy, including low power laser therapy (LPLT), low level laser therapy (LLLT), biostimulation, soft laser, and laser acupuncture. In all cases, the technique involves exposing the skin to targeted laser beams for set periods of time and at set intervals. The light in the laser is supposed to stimulate damaged cells to promote healing and a reduction in inflammation and pain. The “cold” refers not the temperature of the laser, but to the fact that the laser is of low intensity, rather than high intensity lasers, which can burn the skin.
How cold laser works

The underlying science behind cold laser therapy is sound. Studies have shown that light of certain wavelengths can reduce pain and inflammation. Dr Usha Sapra says, “Cold laser therapy is designed as a non-invasive and non-toxic therapeutic treatment for safe and effective treatment of acute and chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions, wound healing and joint restoration.”

Low level laser therapy traces its history back to the early 1960′s when researchers discovered that laser light could stimulate a response at the cellular level of tissues in the body, resulting in increased energy levels (ATP, adenosine triphosphate). This increase in energy enables the body’s cells to metabolize at a higher rate and speeds its natural ability to heal. In short, the body converts the laser light into a form of energy that it can use (biochemical energy) to repair itself and function at a higher efficiency level. This process is similar to the human body using the sun’s energy to manufacture Vitamin D.

How Low Level Laser Therapy is Used

Low level laser therapy has almost endless applications because of its approach to healing. Its low intensity does not burn or cut tissue like high-powered surgical lasers and there are no known side effects in its over 40 year history of use. Laser therapy is effective in treating many conditions that are prominent today, such as chronic arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries just to name a few.

Multiple visits– The duration of treatment in cold laser therapy depends on the ailment may be from half an hour to 1.5 hour

1) Dizziness-15 to 20 sittings-Rs 5000
2) Migraine-8 to 12 sittings-Rs3000
3) Cervical Pain-10 to 15 sittings-Rs 3000 to Rs 50000
4) Frozen shoulder 8 to 12 sittings-Rs 3000 to Rs 5000
5) Sciatica pain– 10 to 14 sittings Rs3000 to Rs5000

For tobacco de addiction usually 3 sittings are given, but majority of people need 5 to 6 sittings and whole package costs Rs 10000, says Dr Sapra
Patients with past history of cancer, HIV, pregnancy or expecting mothers cannot avail treatment. Otherwise age or any other treatment is no bar for this therapy, concludes she.

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