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At Laser Spine and Sport, we have invested in the latest cutting edge 21st Century Technologies so we can help your body heal Quickly, Safely, Naturally.
We combine Professional Superluminous LED Light Therapy along with our High Powered Class IV Laser Therapy, Whole Body Vibration, Myofascial Release Techniques to treat a wide variety of Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Injuries, Acute and Chronic Pain, Neuropathy, Sciatica, Arthritis, Skin Disorders, Sports Injuries, Disc Pain and Much more, all without Drugs!
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LED Light Therapy
Our Clinic uses a state-of-the-art pulsed LED light therapy systems. Flexible neoprene pads are placed on the skin over an area of pain, injury, or where support and increased circulation are needed. Therapy pads contain brilliant red, blue and near infrared LED's that penetrate deeply into tissues for rejuvenation. Resulting increases in circulation allow more energy and nutrient rich blood to reach challenged areas and promote wellness and pain reduction.
Demonstrated Benefits of LED Light Therapy as seen in LLLT research:
For The SKIN:
· Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
· Regenerate collagen production
· Speed healing of blemishes
· Improve skin elasticity and tone
· Reduce redness
· Acne blemishes
· Age spots and sun damage
For the BODY:
· Burning, Stinging, Numbness
· Reduce Inflammation
· Soft Tissue Injuries
· Back, Neck and Joint Pain
· Increases ATP production (cellular energy)
For The MIND:
· Emotional stress
· Memory issues support
· Traumatic brain injury support
· Emotional Lift
· Improved Sleep
The LED light system is a photo-modulated (pulsed, light emitting diodes) device also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT). The infrared and visible red are the heart of the LED therapy system, providing gentle but powerful non-coherent light. This system uses a carefully timed sequence of settings, known as pulses, to create an environment in which change may occur more rapidly.
Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. The LED devices are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
History of Light Therapy
In Ancient Times
For some time it has been known that light can affect the growth and metabolism of
organisms, from simple unicellular microorganisms to multi-cellular plants and mammals, and
can have a variety of beneficial therapeutic effects. Indeed, sunlight in heliotherapy dates to
1400 BC and has been practiced for several centuries in many countries, including ancient
Rome, Greece, and Egypt (Roetlandts, 2002).
Around 1900 AD
Around 1900, light therapies had moved from the use of direct sunlight to the use of filtered
sunlight and artificial light sources, fluorescent tubes and carbon-arc or quartz lamps for
example. Early applications of light for therapeutic purposes included treatment of skin
diseases and ulcers, syphilis, lupus, pellagra, wound healing, and tuberculosis. (Roetlandts,
NASA Space Technology Shines Light on Healing
Release 00-336 December 18, 2000
“Dr. Whelan’s NASA-funded research has already seen remarkable results using the light-
emitting diodes to promote healing of painful mouth ulcers caused by cancer therapies such
as radiation and chemotherapy. The treatment is quick and painless.”
“The red light penetrates to the inside of the mouth, where it seems to promote wound healing
and prevent further sores in the patient’s mouth.”
“They reported a 40 percent improvement in patients who had musculoskeletal training
injuries treated with the light-emitting diodes.”
Who Has More Recently Studied and Used LED Light Therapy?
It was the space program and NASA that prompted renewed interest in light therapy, using
LEDs to enhance the growth of plant tissue in space – lack of gravity keeps cells from growing
naturally. The plants grew, and by coincidence [zero] gravity induced symptoms in the
astronauts – loss of bone mass, atrophied muscles and wounds that do not heal – were also
“NASA scientists have found that cells exposed to near-infrared light from LEDs, which is
energy just outside the visible range, grow 150 to 200 percent faster than cells not stimulated
by such light. The light arrays increase energy (ATP and nitric oxide) that speed up the
— NASA LED Technology Press Release
This technology has been used by physicians, NASA, Navy Seals for muscle regeneration
and healing of wounds. The Navy Seals’ program found the return-to-service rate was 41%
faster with LEDs [LED light therapy]. Additionally, many institutions such as John Hopkins,
Stanford, and the Mayo Clinic have studied and used LEDs for various healing benefits.
— NASA LED Technology Press Release
What Is So Significant About Nitric Oxide?
Nitric oxide was named “Molecule of the Year” in 1992 by the journal Science, but it took
another 6 years for those responsible for the major discoveries surrounding it to win the Nobel
Prize. Three US scientists – Robert Furchgott, PhD, Louis Ignarro, PhD., and Ferid Murad,
MD – received the 1998 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine.
The infrared photo energy stimulates nitric oxide from the hemoglobin and possibly
surrounding tissue. Nitric oxide is a signaling molecule that is known to relax smooth muscle
cells found in the arteries, veins, capillaries, and lymph vessels. When these muscles relax,
they dilate blood vessels, thus allowing increased circulation. Nitric oxide has also been
shown to be essential for wound healing, even if chronic or traumatic.
Nitric oxide is a chemical involved in many normal body functions as well as disease
processes. Besides being a strong dilator of the blood vessels (which allows an increased
blood flow), it is known to promote immune system function and wound healing. It is
particularly useful because it is difficult for bacteria to develop resistance against it. Nitric
oxide attacks a range of targets in bacteria, including DNA, cell wall lipids, proteins and
enzymes. In order for bacteria to develop resistance, it would have to change at each of those
attack sites. In its gaseous form, nitric oxide has been used to treat infected wounds.
LED light therapy provides infrared photo energy to help facilitate the many benefits
described above and many others. — Drs. Furchgott, Ignarro, Murad and Burke
What About Promoting Cell Regeneration, and Stimulating Collagen
“The treatment is especially effective at improving the appearance of the face, neck and
chest, by reducing signs of aging, wrinkles and age spots.”
— Web M.D. Health
“Six weeks of treatment with LED’s can significantly improve the appearance of fine lines.”
— In Style Magazine/Sept.2008]