New Laser speeds healing  - getting there faster 


For some time now laser therapy has been around and I have been watching its development with interest. About 6 months ago,  I became aware of the next generation of lasers.  They  were significantly more powerful than their predecessors and with more advanced functionality that improved their ease of use. 

So - with my usual sense of scepticism - I arranged a demonstration. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. Here was a unit that had the power to penetrate deep into muscle, bone, ligament and spinal discs. It had a proven track record of use and effectiveness within the USA amongst chiropractors, but also all the major sports team especially the New York Yankees. Most importantly, it's safe to use and is painless.


This was the unit that was credited with resolving a very famous Spanish tennis player's knee difficulties. Yes, that oneFor those of you who watch the tennis, will know that many commentators were amazed that the ligament damage he suffered had not resulted in a loss of performance or even been a career ender.

Previous lasers known as class 3b lasers, operated on a single wavelength and with about half a Watt of power. The K Laser is a class 4 laser and operated 4 simultaneous light frequencies at up to 20 Watts of power. That's a really big difference.

So, how does it work? Take a deep breath and read on, here's the technical version.Laser light in the red and near-infrared range is absorbed by specific chromophores(light absorbing cells) in the body and is absorbed specifically by melatonin, cytochrome C oxidase, haemoglobin and water. This has a positive effect on specific biological reactions. This photochemical reaction increases blood flow to tissue, stimulates the release of oxygen from the haemoglobin delivered and enhances the conversion of oxygen to useful energy by cytochrome C oxidase in the production of ATP. 

This leads to improved cellular function and/or an increase in cell growth, replication, repair or production of beneficial biochemical compounds including enzymes, proteins, immunoglobulins and inflammatory mediators.There are other physiologic responses to laser light: A mild photothermal effect (it warms up) helps with vasodilation (increases blood), muscle relaxation and nerve conduction. The photoenergetic effect can stimulate acupuncture points, and the photoelectrical effect can affect membrane-bound ion channels and induce changes in the intracellular and extracellular ion gradients. 

To put it in simple terms, it accelerates the rate of healing (300-900%), and reduces inflammation, both acute (strain, sprain, tears and fractures) and chronic (Osteoarthritis). It reduces pain and can wake up cells that have been unable to heal.It's worth emphasizing that laser therapy does not just accelerate healing; it actually improves repair, regeneration and remodelling of tissue.We've been trialling the unit for a few weeks now and liked it so much we bought one. The K Laser now available at South Street Clinic and currently is the only unit in the South West.