TREATING PLANTAR FASCIITIS PAIN WITH CLASS 4 LASER THERAPY [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults.

It causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near your heel, most notably with the first step out of bed in the morning. Ouch! As you stand up and walk around, the pain may subside, but it will often return after long periods of standing, or when you stand up after sitting for a while.

‘Plantar’ refers to the sole, or bottom of your foot. ‘Fasciitis’ is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects the heel to your toes. The plantar fascia also connects to the tissues that run down your leg and Achilles’ tendon. Sometimes problems such as trigger points in the muscles in your leg (called the soleus and gastrocnemius) can cause or contribute to the problem of plantar fasciitis. If that is the case, treatment may be needed in the leg – but more on that later.

Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners but is also seen in the very active dancers, the overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support. Your foot mechanics can also increase chances of developing plantar fasciitis. A flat foot, a high arch, or an abnormal pattern of walking can put added stress of the plantar tissues.

It most commonly affects patients between ages 40 and 60, and certain occupations that require long periods of standing such as factory workers, teachers, and store clerks can be at increased risk. Standing on a hard surface increases the risk, so someone forced to stand for a long time should use a cushioned pad or carpet.

Diagnosis of plantar fasciitis usually does not require diagnostic imaging, but occasionally an x-ray may be taken to determine whether a heel spur is present. Heel spurs are bony projections from the bottom of the heel along the course of the plantar fascia. Spurs usually require invasive procedures, such as surgery to correct. Whereas since plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition, surgery is NOT recommended.

In the past, treatment for plantar fasciitis consisted of the following: icing, foot orthotics, heel pads and cushions, anti-inflammatory drugs, and steroid injections. But there is a new solution that is giving patients across the country relief from plantar fasciitis – regenerative, non-invasive pain management with a class 4 therapy laser.

  • Class 4 therapeutic lasers deliver red and infrared photons of laser light into the tissues.
  • The red photons are absorbed by more superficial tissues, while the infrared photons penetrate deeper into the body.
  • The treatment is non-invasive and painless, to the contrary you would only feel a mild warming sensation during the treatment.
  • The photons of light are absorbed by different components (water, oxygenated hemoglobin, various enzymes) in your body, resulting in enhanced blood flow, improved tissue oxygenation and resolution of inflammation.
  • For someone suffering from plantar fasciitis, the pain “relief” can sometimes be noticed after just the first treatment!
  • Treatment times are about five minutes, or maybe a little longer if treatment is also required in the leg. Remember how we said that sometimes trigger points in your leg muscles can cause or contribute to plantar fasciitis? Those trigger points cause a chronic shortening of the muscles, essentially pulling on the plantar fascia 24 hours a day, making your plantar fasciitis pain even worse.
  • Treatments are usually delivered three times a week for four to six weeks – but your clinician will determine the schedule and number of treatments that is best for you.
  •  A very high percentage of patients will get relief from the pain, discomfort and disability caused by plantar fasciitis within six weeks once they receive the class 4 therapy laser treatments

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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CLASS 4 LASER HELPS HEAL SOFT TISSUE AND DEEP TISSUE INJURIES [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

Tissue injuries constitute a range of specific injuries. For example, anyone who has or had a large bruise that took several days to heal experienced a contusion, which is a tissue injury. This injury is in the soft tissue injury class. 

  • Sprains and strains involve a tear in a tendon, usually the ankle and knee.
  • Bursitis results from inflammation of liquid surrounding joints.
  • Tendonitis comes from overusing a tendon, and common in athletes.
  • One application of class IV laser therapy that is started to gain acceptance is pain management after surgery.

These soft tissue injuries are treatable with class IV laser therapy.

Conclusion

Photobiomodulation (laser therapy) is a scientifically proven modality and will be a valuable modality in all fields of health care in the years to come. Class 4 therapy lasers could possibly be the single piece of medical technology that has changed the lives of more human and animal patients in the last decade.

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF CLASS 4 LASER [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

Potential Benefits of Class 4 Laser

What does research tell us about potential Class IV laser therapy benefits? Some of the most popular applications for this type of laser treatment are:

1. Can Reduce Inflammation, Aches and Pains

Intended uses of Class IV laser devices include:

  • Promoting relaxation of muscles and providing relief from muscle spasms
  • Reducing minor joint aches, pain and stiffness
  • Temporarily decreasing arthritis symptoms
  • Helping to increase blood circulation

A recent review of published studies has found that photobiomodulation treatments appear to be “effective, safe treatments in a variety of conditions,” when devices were used for indications “including pain, cognitive dysfunction, wound healing, diabetic macular edema, and postprocedural side effects.”

Their mechanism of action is photochemical, meaning that light energy causes chemical reactions inside cells that help to reduce inflammation and pain. This is a key, distinguishing factor that sets these treatments apart from other approaches.

Class 4 lasers are also now being recognized as optimal devices for reaching deep tissues that are tied to pain. Higher doses of light and higher output are needed to deliver appropriate doses of energy, due to the large portion of light that is absorbed, reflected or scattered at the skin’s surface. Less powerful lasers may not work if they cannot penetrate deep enough to provide any stimulating effect.

Other considerations in the overall depth of penetration and success of treatment include specific wavelengths and how they interact with the skin. Some light is absorbed more at the surface with darker skin or hair color than another wavelength. Additional features of a medical laser can include continuous wave or pulsing operations that also assist in achieving better results.

2. May Help with Recovery from Acute and Chronic Injuries

Using Class IV laser therapy for overcoming both acute and chronic injuries, such as tendonitis or damage to the knees, are among the most common applications. Not only do treatments address damaged tissues in specific areas of the body (knees, shoulders, back, etc.), but they also affect related issues. Overcompensation in some muscles, back pain or poor posture tied to overuse and inflammation may be improved.

Treatments have been shown to provide relief and boost recovery by reducing pain and inflammation as well as stimulating nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation and immune system response.

3. Used to Treat Skin Conditions Including Wounds and Scars

Emerging research, in both human and veterinary applications, suggests that photobiomodulation can lead to significant stimulation of healing in many types of wounds, burns and scars. Therapy lasers are used on a regular basis for managing wounds in the veterinary market (feline, canine and equine).

However, lasers are not currently cleared by the FDA specifically for wound therapy in humans. A physician may use a therapy laser for wound care but this would be considered off-label usage. It is anticipated that these applications will be become more prevalent as new studies are published and the FDA grants specific clearance.

Additional post-surgery applications with therapy lasers are emerging as a viable treatment to reduce infections and induce faster healing times, by up to 50 percent, for surgical incision sites.

4. May Help Treat Neuropathy

Therapy lasers are increasingly being used as an effective treatment for neuropathy and there are a number of clinical studies indicating positive outcomes.

Some companies in the laser therapy business have been selling lasers on the internet for home use, often touting the same results as devices used in a medical office. These lasers are typically Class I, II, III or LED products and will have little or no therapy benefits due to their low power.  A powerful product like a Class IV laser is essential for providing the most benefits.

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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HOW DOES CLASS 4 LASER THERAPY [PHOTOBIOMODULATION] WORK? [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

How Does Class IV Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation) Work?

Laser therapies stimulate metabolic processes at the cellular level. There are many types of therapy available, depending on the power level, wavelengths and how they interact with the body.

Photobiomodulation is different than laser therapies that have applications in dermatology treatments (like acne) and ophthalmology (eye) procedures.

Photobiomodulation relies on four key parameters of laser technology:

  1. The type of light
  2. The role of wavelengths
  3. The operating modes
  4. The power or energy density

Class IV laser devices use laser diodes that are the “engine” of the products. These diodes determine the power level and the wavelength of the light that’s emitted. Recently, new technological developments have resulted in advanced lasers that are high-power, multi- wavelength devices that include red (635nm) and infrared (810nm, 980nm and 1064nm) wavelengths.

A key difference that makes this treatment better than other therapeutic modalities is photobiomodulation provides energy to cells that causes a series of chemical changes, resulting in the body essentially healing itself.

The Photon (light) energy is able to effectively penetrate the skin and underlying structures, accelerating the body’s recovery process. This photochemical mechanism of action triggers a cascade of cellular actions that include:

  • Stimulation of ATP
  • Stimulation of respiratory chain
  •  Increased DNA and RNA synthesis
  • Enhanced collagen synthesis
  • Increased levels of beta-endorphins and serotonin

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

One Body. One Lifetime.

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8 BENEFITS OF HEALING WITH A CLASS 4 LASER [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

Pain ReliefLaser decreases nerve sensitivity by decreasing bradykinin; a pain eliciting chemical. It normalizes ion channels [cellular gatekeepers] and releases endorphins [body’s natural pain reliever] and enkephalins [related to endorphins] that produce an analgesic effect. It also has a pain-blocking effect on certain nerve fibers.

Anti-inflammatory/Healing:   Laser increases ATP, which is stored energy [ATP is the acronym for adenosine triphosphate]. This increased energy accelerates the repair processes of the cell. Laser also causes a widening of the arteries and veins around the injury which helps to remove damaged cellular debris and increase nutrients and oxygen. White blood cell activity is enhanced leading to a more rapid repair process. Also, some molecules that increase inflammation are reduced, and beneficial antioxidants like superoxide dismutase are increased.

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles are repaired faster.

Improved Vascular Activity  Laser light increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, which speeds up the healing process, and closes wounds quickly.

Trigger Points:  Laser is particularly effective in extinguishing painful trigger points. It is also an effective way of stimulating acupuncture points without the discomfort associated with needling.

Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation:  Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from repetitive motion injuries, cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.

Faster Wound Healing Laser light stimulates the building blocks of collagen, which is important in the wound healing of damaged tissues. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair injuries. As a result, the laser is effective on open wounds and burns.

Stem Cell ActivationLaser increases the number of stem cells, which enhances healing.

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

One Body. One Lifetime.

Doctor Zo, DC [ 310.926.0857]

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