MLS Laser Therapy
MLS Laser Therapy is rapidly becoming the standard of care for alleviating both acute and chronic pain in many medical practices around the world. This FDA cleared integrative pain technology boasts an 85-95% efficacy rate in relieving pain and inflammation, eliminates risk from surgery and prescription pain killers, has no negative side effects, and improves quality of life for many patients. At Emerald Wellness Integrative Health Clinic laser therapy is utilized to treat a number of pain conditions.
The Innovative Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser was developed in order to produce an efficient and simultaneous effect on pain, inflammation, and edema which exceeded some of the limits of Low Level Laser Therapy Devices. Many LLLT devices are excellent for treating conditions close to the surface level of the skin but fail to penetrate deep enough for some conditions. The MLS Laser technology is able to deliver therapeutic wavelengths of light, 808nm (anti- edemic and anti-inflammatory) and 905nm (analgesic), which penetrate 3-5 cm into human tissue. This allows the technology to be utilized effectively on a much wider range of problematic pain sites. Focused light energy is able to enter the damaged cells and stimulate inter-cellular activity, which speeds the recovery of these cells and reduces pain. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.
Medical Effects of MLS Laser Therapy
Analgesic (Pain relief)
MLS Laser therapy has a positive effect on our nerve cells. It is able to block pain transmitted by these cells to the central nervous system which can decrease nerve sensitivity. Furthermore, due to the decreased inflammation achieved by laser therapy, there is less edema and consequently less pain. MLS Laser therapy is also able to increase production of pain reducing chemicals in the body such as endorphins and encephalin from the brain and adrenal glands.
This therapy is able to encourage an anti-edema effect because it causes vasodilation (the dilatation of blood vessels). It is also able to activate the lymphatic drainage system which drains swollen areas. As a result of these multiple abilities, there is a significant reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from the lasers penetrate deep into human tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. This therapeutic laser light is able to increase the energy available to the cells so that they can utilize critical nutrients faster and eliminate waste products. As a result, damaged cells which are exposed to laser light are able to repair faster. Since tissues are made of collections of cells, tissues can repair faster as well.
Increased Metabolic Activity
MLS Laser therapy is able to create higher outputs of beneficial enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for our blood cells.
Improved Vascular Activity
Therapeutic wavelengths of laser light are able to significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which accelerates the healing process, closes wounds quickly, and reduces scar tissue. Furthermore, it is able to accelerate angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels), which causes temporary vasodilation and positively increase the diameter of blood vessels. Improving blood flow to an affected area is always critical for proper healing and the reduction of swelling and pain.
Improved Nerve Functioning
The slow recovery of nerve function in the body’s damaged tissues can result in feelings of numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light is able to encourage the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials in order to optimize muscle healing.
Faster Wound Healing
MLS Laser therapy is able to stimulate fibroblast development in damaged tissues. Fibroblasts are the essential building blocks of collagen, and collagen is critical for replacing old tissue or for repairing tissue injuries. Consequently, laser light is an effective therapy post surgically and in the treatment of wounds and burns to accelerate the healing process.
Immune System Regulation
Laser light therapy is able to have a direct effect on the immune system by stimulating immunoglobulins and lymphocytes. Laser emissions are absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. Upon exposure to the laser, the enzymes activate and start the production of ATP (adenosinetriphosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells. Often chronic inflammation is the body’s immune system over reacting, laser therapy can help bring this exaggerated immune response back into balance.
MLS Laser therapy can be used to stimulate muscle trigger points in a non-invasive way in order to provide musculoskeletal pain relief. Trigger points are often the primary cause of pain felt in the back neck, shoulders, and limbs.
Who Can Benefit from MLS Laser Therapy?
MLS Laser Therapy has positive patient outcomes for a large number of pain and mobility conditions. The fact that it is a quick, non-invasive procedure which can eliminate the need for surgery and painkillers makes it a powerful integrative pain management strategy. Some common conditions treated by MLS Laser therapy include:
- Sports Injuries
- Back and Joint Pain
- Tendon and Ligament Injuries
- Muscle Sprains & Strains
- Post-Surgical Swelling
- Disc Disease
- Plantar Fasciitis
- And more
What is it like to Receive MLS Laser Therapy?
MLS Laser Therapy should always be performed by a trained medical professional whom is well-versed in laser energy treatments and pain management strategies. Treatments are often a quick and enjoyable experience for the patient.
The Treatment Procedure
The patient is able to comfortably situate themselves on a bed or padded chair so that the affected area can easily be placed under the laser light. The technician will determine the best placement of the MLS laser light to treat the painful area. Generally, each problem area will receive a meticulously dosed 8-minute laser treatment.
How many Treatments does a Patient Require?
The majority of patients experience positive results in 1-3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 7-10 sessions. The patient’s condition and response to treatment can be highly variable with some conditions requiring fewer, or more, treatments. Acute conditions generally subside quickly, often with a single phase of treatments, while more chronic conditions can be controlled with more frequent sessions. The therapeutic effects of laser therapy are cumulative, so a patient can expect to see increasing improvements as they proceed through their treatment plan. It is important that once a patient starts a treatment plan, they complete the course of treatments recommended by the doctor to achieve optimal results and limit the possibility of a relapse in symptoms.
IS MLS Laser Therapy Painful?
Generally, MaS Laser therapy is a completely painless procedure. In fact, many patients experience a comfortable sensation at the area being treated by the laser light during the treatment. After a single treatment patients often report analgesic effects, which are improved with each successive treatment.
Are there any Restrictions After Treatment?
Patients are able to return to light activities involving the treated area immediately. There is virtually no downtime. It may be recommended to take precautions to not overexert the affected area to help facilitate faster healing and not aggravate the injury.
Is MLS Laser Therapy Safe?
In the majority of the population laser light therapy is a completely safe procedure with no known long-term side effects. Other than averting your eyes from the bright laser, the FDA has found no adverse effects from using MLS laser therapies. Eye protection is provided to the patient when required. This being said, people with certain health conditions should speak with their doctor before using laser therapy. For example, patients with thyroid conditions or in the early stages of pregnancy should make this aware to their doctor. While there is no evidence to suggest MLS Laser therapy during pregnancy is harmful, there is not enough research and evidence yet to suggest otherwise.
MLS Laser Therapy is an extremely powerful integrative pain therapy which is able to harness the healing power of light and improve quality of life for countless patients. Many MLS laser practitioners claim that 90% of their patients are achieving over 90% relief in symptoms during treatment, which is quite astounding. Any pain therapy which is able to quickly heal, mitigate the need for invasive surgery, and reduce dependence on painkillers is an extremely valuable tool for dealing with acute and chronic pain conditions.