Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Low Level Laser Therapy in Richmond Vancouver BC

Over the next few months, I will be diving into a lot of research of low level laser therapy.  I'll share some of the research and my clinical experience on this blog.  To start, I would like to re-post an article I wrote a few months ago about the history of laser therapy at my clinic's website.

History of Low-level Laser Therapy

An important question I’m often asked by patients is whether laser therapy can burn or harm the skin. The laser therapy I offer is called low-level or low-intensity laser therapy, and will not harm the skin. In fact it does the opposite, it heals skin cells and soft tissue in the body.

To better understand laser therapy, it is important to understand light. Life on earth has depended on “light energy” since time began. Plants grow and flourish with sunlight. Human bodies need sunlight or we see health problems such as rickets, vitamin D deficiency and seasonal affective disorder in the absence of sunlight. The method in which laser therapy heals the body is through the photon energy found in light.

In 1917, Albert Einstein, in his paper “On the Quantum Theory of Radiation” laid the foundation for the invention of the laser. In the early 1950’s, the “MASER”, a precursor to the LASER was invented, which used microwave radiation instead of light. The first working laser was made in 1960. Following that, medical researchers focused on using high powered lasers for surgery.

In 1966, Endre Mester from Budapest, Hungary was the first to publish a paper on the healing properties of low-level laser. He then wrote several more studies on the wound healing capabilities of laser light. By the1970’s, more countries began investigating the healing effects of laser, including Italy, Japan, UK and China. Finally in the 1990’s laser therapy enters North America.
Currently, there are over 3000 publications on the positive effects of low-level laser therapy. Various organizations around the world are funding laser research including, NASA, U.S armed forces, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Association and Arthritis Society, to name a few.

At Brio Integrative Health Centre, we are proud to provide you with this truly effective therapy to compliment our naturopathic medicine and acupuncture services.

1 comment:

  1. I have a friend whose heart condition was so bad that doctors told him there was nothing they could do for him. He’s had three heart surgeries and was told that his arteries were so blocked they could not perform another operation. He was virtually immobile and suffered serious angina attacks. In desperation he tried laser therapy and has had a remarkable recovery. You can get the whole story with videos at http://heartattacklaser.com.