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Low Intensity Laser Therapy in Calgary to Treat Chronic & Acute Injuries

At Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic in Calgary, we use one of the most powerful lasers on the market today. Laser therapy treats acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative conditions. By speeding up the cells metabolism, our laser treatment helps you heal faster. Schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors to see if laser therapy is right for you.


Benefits of Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Through the action of photo-bio-stimulation of light reactive biological receptors (chromophores) in the body, Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) significantly accelerates and enhances the body’s natural defense. It repairs components in the presence of injury, inflammation, and certain disease processes. By modifying the effects and limiting the duration of inflammation as well as enhancing specific repair and healing processes, LILT is consistent in providing pain relief, reducing injury damage and loss of function, in addition to facilitating more rapid repair and stronger healed tissue structures.


Infrared wavelength diagram

      A.  Short Term Effects

  • Production and release of beta-endorphins (these are morphine like substances produced by various cells in the body that inhibit the sensation of pain).
  • The short-term effect is significant in 5-10% of cases during or after the conclusion of the initial treatment, but is not as important as the long term or cumulative effect.
Krebs cycle

      B. Long Term or Cumulative Effects

  • ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is increased resulting in improved cellular metabolism.
  • DNA is substantially increased. DNA codes for the production of proteins that are the building blocks of tissues.
  • Neurotransmission is facilitated due to elevated levels of serotonin and acetylcholine
  • Mitochondrial activity is stimulated resulting in an increase in the number and size of mitochondria. This results in an increase in cell metabolism resulting in an increase in cell replication.
  • Modulation of macrophages, fibroblasts, and other white blood cells
  • Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels).
  • Regulates cell membrane potential, essential in Na, Cl- and Kion transfer (electrolyte balance).
  • Cytokines and other chemicals enhancing cellular communications are released.
Laser Treatment Diagram


Other Effects

  • The immune response is stimulated.
  • Lymphatic drainage is improved.
  • The histamine response is positively altered.
  • Production of growth hormone is increased.
  • Stimulation of the healing processes is accompanied by relief of symptoms
Low Intensity Laser Therapy X-ray

Conditions Treated

The musculoskeletal problems most effectively treated are:

      I.  General

  • Repetitive stress injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Tempero-mandibular joint problems

      III. Inflammatory

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Myositis
  • Fasciitis
  • Synovitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis


      I.   Other Applications

  • Wound healing
  • Dermal ulcers
  • Venous stasis
  • Atherosclerotic
  • Compression
  • Diabetic
Laser Therapy equipment



      II.  Injuries

  • Ligament & tendon tears
  • Contusions
  • Fractures with associated soft tissues injuries
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Subluxations / post-dislocation

      IV. Degenerative

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Discogenic & vertebrogenic radiculopathy
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Calcifications (e.g. bone spurs)

A partial list of conditions which have responded well to laser therapy:


Sports Injuries

  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Runner’s knee (patello-femoral syndrome)



Work-Related Injuries

  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome


Wound Healing

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Decubitus ulcers
  • Burns (thermal and chemical)




  • Jumper’s knee (patello-tendinitis)
  • Heel cushion pain (plantar fasciitis)
  • Sprains, strains & tendonitis


Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis


Pain Control

  • Radiculopathy
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
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