It has been recognized through history that sun and light energy have beneficial effects on the human body. MedXTM Health has developed innovative techniques and devices which harness these positive light elements and offer you an effective, rapid, drug-free, non-invasive healing solution.
It has been recognized through history that sun and light energy have beneficial effects on the human body. MedXTM Health has developed innovative techniques and devices which harness these positive light elements and offer you an effective, rapid, drug-free, noninvasive healing solution.
One of the treatments you will be receiving is called phototherapy.
It may also be referred to as laser or light therapy.
Channeling therapeutic light energy for the purpose of reducing pain has been a widely accepted medical practice for many years.
SLD and LLLT
Your therapist may use phototherapy, which includes the delivery of superluminous diode (SLD)
and low level laser therapy (LLLT)
, for temporary increase in local blood circulation, temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pains, stiffness, and the relaxation of muscles, as well as for muscle spasms, and minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. It may also be used for the temporary relief of hand and wrist pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Phototherapy is a physical treatment modality using SLD
diodes to emit photons (light) in very specific regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, which penetrate the skin, stimulating a cascade of clinical benefits.
Radiant energy, absorbed by elements in mitochondria and cell membranes, is converted into biological energy, inducing processes such as increased local microcirculation, accelerated tissue repair, reduced pain, decreased inflammation and edema, enhanced immune response, and angiogenesis.
Phototherapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions, including whiplash injuries, osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, disc herniations, sprains/strains, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and others listed in the table below. Research indicates that phototherapy can accelerate wound and tissue repair by as much as 30 - 40%.
MAJOR CONDITIONS TREATED WITH PHOTOTHERAPY
- Whiplash injuries, Facet Joint Syndrome, Cervical Radiculopathy, Disc herniations, Osteoarthritis
- Migraine headache, Tension headache, Cervicogenic headache, TMJ Dysfunction
- Impingement Syndrome, Rotator Cuff Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder Epicondylitis
- Fractures, Rheumatoid Arthritis
- DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Myofasciitis, Costochondritis
- Sciatic Neuralgia
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Stenosis
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Ligamentous injuries, Osgood Schlatter’s Disease, Meniscus injuries, Postoperative rehab for bunions
- Plantar Fasciitis Fibromyalgia
- Wound healing
ABOUT PHOTOTHERAPY TREATMENT
It is important to understand that phototherapy is not a cure-all. Occasionally, it may be the only therapy prescribed, but more often it is used in conjunction with other therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments. Your doctor or therapist will determine when phototherapy is indicated, how often it should be used, and the length of each application.
The exact frequency of treatment depends upon the individual patient and the conditions being treated. Generally, periodic treatments are continued as long as the condition is present. Treatments may be given as often as 2-3 times per day in acute or serious conditions. In less serious cases, two to three times a week is common early in the treatment program with a gradual reduction in frequency as the patient improves.
To receive maximum benefit from your phototherapy treatments, it is important to follow the recommendations and instructions of your doctor or therapist as precisely and completely as possible.
Your doctor or therapist can provide you with a list of contraindications, warnings, precautions, and possible adverse reactions.