Dr Daniel L. Moore
A few years back I suffered nerve injury to my left leg and had terrible radiating pain. Class IV laser therapy was recommended to me by a neurologist after medication and treatment failed. I had to travel to Boise to find the nearest facility offering Class IV laser treatment. It worked so well that I wanted to share it with my patients. Since then I have treated hundreds of patients with such great results that I have many health care practitioners stop in to see what deep laser therapy can do for their patients.
For those suffering from chronic, nagging pain, inflammation and lack of mobility, Class IV laser therapy offers fast, healing relief. We encourage those who have tried other forms of treatment without success to try the technology. Class IV laser therapy allows my patients to return to the activities they love while maintaining their healthy lifestyle. Recovery from injuries is much faster, often avoiding surgery altogether, not to mention the time associated with post-op healing. One of the greatest benefits I’ve found is that Class IV laser therapy allows the body to heal without the use of prescription drugs.
LightForce lasers are FDA approved, highly sought-after and endorsed by professional organizations such as The American Physical Therapy Association, The World Health Organization, and The International Organization for the Study of Pain. Many professional sports teams including the Seattle Seahawks use the LightForce laser. Lesley Paterson, a three time world triathlon champion and Dale Richardson, a professional golfer are users of the Class IV laser. This cutting edge, professional grade treatment is available to the public and I am very pleased to provide it in a small town environment where our lifestyles and day-to-day activities demand so much from our bodies.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND LASER THERAPY’S BENEFITS
Peripheral neuropathy is a general term for diseases causing damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. While diabetes is a frequent cause of neuropathy, it is not an exclusive cause. Nutrition deficiencies, chemical exposure, pressure on the nerves, injuries, and medications (such as those used in chemotherapy or to treat AIDS) can cause painful neuropathy.
In general, diabetic neuropathy is thought to be the result of chronic nerve damage caused by high blood sugars. Similar to how an electric wire is surrounded by insulation, our nerves are surrounded by a covering of cells called Schwann cells. One theory suggests that excess sugar circulating throughout the body interacts with an enzyme in the Schwann cells (called aldose reductase), transforming the sugar into sorbitol. This process draws water into the Schwann cells causing nerve swelling and damage resulting in pain. Unless the process is stopped and reversed, both the Schwann cells and the nerves they surround will die.
The application of photobiostimulation that the Class IV laser delivers to these cells prevents or reverses the biochemical processes that cause this damage. The increased circulation removes excess fluid from the Schwann cells removing any possible pressure necrosis (or death) to the rest of the nerve cell while providing a vehicle to remove cellular waste such as sorbitol.
Laser therapy applied to the affected nerve cells stimulates the mitochondria within the cell and increases the respiratory rate of these individual cells. When this happens the intracellular metabolites do not have the opportunity to become depleted, and the production of any destructive protein kinases is halted.
Laser therapy generates a photochemical response in damaged tissue by a process called photobiomodulation. This process stimulates healing on a cellular level by enabling cells to more rapidly produce energy (ATP).
Deep tissue laser therapy is a non-invasive use of laser energy that promotes healing of damaged or dysfunctional tissue. This form of therapy helps your body use its own natural healing power by activating a positive cellular response, increasing microcirculation to reduce inflammation. Laser therapy can alleviate pain and accelerate recovery from a wide variety of acute and chronic issues such as arthritis, tendonitis, neuropathy and plantar fasciitis. Knee, hip, neck and back pain have also been shown to respond extremely well to treatment with laser therapy.
Class IV lasers provide a deeper depth of tissue penetration unachievable with lower wattage lasers and are unrivaled by Class I, II, and III lasers. This is due to their ability to treat both superficial and deep tissue conditions. The LightForce Class IV Laser was developed by leading laser scientists and engineers and we are proud to offer one of the very few Class IV LightForce Lasers in North Idaho.
We have already seen many of our patients benefit from this treatment with as few as two treatments. We are so confident that this exciting new treatment can help you that your first treatment is on us.
Contact our office at (208) 267-2506 to schedule your complimentary first treatment and start your road to a pain-free life today.