The fascinating story behind the development of the world’s leading Cold Laser Technologies dates back to the late 1970’s, when Russian scientists developed strategies to boost the healing capacity of their cosmonauts in the Russian Space Program. These cosmonauts would often suffer major trauma and pain from the turbulent effects of take-off and landing, and trialled developing laser technology in their recovery.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Cold Laser frequencies were perfected for tissue repair and utilised extensively in Russian military hospitals. From there, this type of therapy started spreading throughout the world.
Today Multi Radiance Cold Laser is used in over 30 countries, including 3000 hospitals and 15,000 private practices around the world.
It’s called Cold Laser because this type of therapy doesn’t heat tissue. It uses a low level laser combining a synchronous frequency of red LED light, infrared light, and infrared laser which passes through a static magnetic field. It is this specialised combination of light energy which optimises the healing response.
Cold Laser or Low Level Laser Therapy, improves the signalling within a cell. Cells are filled with ‘organ like’ specialised structures called organelles. One of these organelles called ‘mitochondria’ (which is in charge of a cells energy production) is believed to play a key roll in the healing response of cold laser.
Mitochondria are believed to have photo receptors (light receptors) which respond to light energy (photonic energy). Cold Laser Therapy improves cell communication between its membrane, nucleus and the mitochondria, which ultimately results in the mitochondria being able to produce more energy (Adenosine triphosphate or ATP), leading to better cell function, pain relief and healing.
It has also been reported that Cold Laser Therapy may also reduce pain by increasing the production of our feel-good chemicals called ‘endogenous opioids’ which occur naturally in the body, and reducing tissue swelling by stimulating the lymphatic system, as well as having anti-inflammatory effects.
A randomised clinical trial found remarkable resolution of neck pain as a result of the following treatments:
29% improvement in the group that received only Chiropractic care;
23% improvement in the group that received only Cold Laser Therapy;
59% improvement in the group that received the combined treatment of Chiropractic and Cold Laser Therapy. That’s DOUBLE the results for this group receiving treatment in the same time frame!
This research demonstrates our clinical belief that Cold Laser Therapy works beautifully with Chiropractic care. The goal of Chiropractic is to help a person function better by removing the accumulation of lifestyle stress around the spine and body, which can disturb the nervous system.
Cold Laser Therapy works well with this process because it can help enhance nerve conduction, reduce inflammation and help the repair of tissues.
Is Cold Laser Therapy safe?
YES. “The super-pulsed lasers allow for deep penetration without the unwelcome effects of continuous wave (such as thermal damage), as well as allowing for shorter treatment times”.
Dr Micheal R. Hamblin PhD. Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School.
Effects of pulsing in low level light therapy. Laser Surgery Med. 2010 August; 42(6): 450-466.
How long does a Cold Laser treatment take?
Generally 7-15 minutes, depending on what areas of the body need attention.
Is there a cumulative effect of Cold Laser Therapy?
YES. The dose from one treatment lasts a period of time and its effects are compounded with each subsequent treatment; very much like Chiropractic care... the effects of an adjustment build from one treatment to the next.
List of conditions
MR4 Super pulsed laser treats 300 conditions globally including:
• Arthritis- Hip joint
• Jaw Pain – Temporomandibular dysfunction, TMD
• Arthritis- Knee Patellafemoral
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Tennis Elbow
• Patella Tendonitis
• Rib Pain
• Frozen Shoulder
• Calcaneal Spurs (Foot Spurs)
• Hamstring Tendonitis
• Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Chiropractic manipulative therapy and low-level laser therapy in the management of cervical facet dysfunction: a randomized controlled study. J Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics. 2011 Mar-Apr;34(3):153-63.
Low Level Laser Therapy for painful joints; review article. Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences; SPRING 2013; 4(2); 67-69.