How does laser therapy work?
The effects of all light and laser therapies are primarily photochemical; not thermal – at least, not on a macro-scale – and result from a chain of mechanisms initiated by photon absorption:
- Primary: Absorption of photons by photo-receptive molecules (e.g. cytochromes, porphyrins, etc.) and the transduction of photon energy to induce chemical changes (i.e., photochemistry)
- Secondary: Modulation of ATP production (dose dependent), Nitric Oxide release, and the formation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS);
- Tertiary: The products of secondary mechanisms then produce effects such as gene transcription, inter-cellular signaling, and vasodilation; and,
- Quaternary: Vasodilation increases perfusion, facilitating improved oxygenation and recruitment of macrophages, neutrophils and lymphocytes to areas undergoing repair and/or infection as well as further re-vascularization and proliferation of cells to aid healing. Improved perfusion will also facilitate clearance of inflammatory cells, fluids and debris (i.e. lymphatic drainage) more efficiently.
In other words Laser therapy…
- is a non-pharmaceutical way to manage pain with no side effects
- decreases inflammation and provides anti-pain benefits
- reduces itching, irritation or redness
- used in conjunction with other treatment modalities will allow the animal a better and faster healing
- increases ATP production to promote faster healing times
- increases blood flow to help the injured area heal faster (this is true at the higher doses, not on the tissue repair setting of your calculator)
HOW DOES Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Therapy WORK?
The Assisi Loop can be purchased for at home therapy:
- Surgical recovery: The human clinical trial demonstrates the typical outcomes we see when our product is used post-surgically – less pain, less inflammation, and less use of pain medications. The importance of this article is that it also shows the reduction in IL-1b – a key inflammatory biomarker. (Rodhe Post op PRS 2015)
- Tendon repair: In an animal model demonstrates an increase in tensile strength of up to 69% at the repair site of Achilles tendon at three weeks compared with the control group.(Strauch 2006)
- Pain and edema: Substantial 100% inhibition of pain and significant inhibition of edema in a standard model. (Johnson 2008).
- Non-healing chronic wounds: Clinical trial of non-healing chronic wounds (Kloth). 64% greater wound closure.
- Arthritis pain reduction: A human clinical trial showing significant reduction of knee pain due to arthritis. (Nelson)
- Demonstration of the angiogenic effect (Weber 2004). 500% increase of micro-vascularization vs sham treated group.