By Jeffrey M. Nelson, MD and Karen P. Nelson, MA The cell is a machine driven by energy… In every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy. – Albert von Szent-Györgyi (1967) Light energy has been used for healing since the earliest recorded medical history, but has gone out of favor in Western medicine with the advent of the existing paradigm of a more surgical and pharmacological basis. Recently, a shift in thinking has been emerging with an explosion of research, exploration and utilization of energy medicine modalities such as micro-current stimulators, bone growth stimulators, broad-spectrum multiple frequency Tesla coil devices, and low-level or cold lasers. Despite years of research demonstrating the benefits of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) as a modality for wound healing, Western medicine, and its adjunct professions, have been slow to adopt this technology. LLLT has been an essential part of therapy for practitioners around the world for almost 20 years, but it is only recently catching on in the United States. Still, the vast majority of students of medicine and allied health practices in this country are not being taught its efficacy and use. It’s time we opened our eyes to the […]
Toshio Ohshiro (1), Katsumi Sasaki (2), Shouhei Yasuda (2), Shunji Fujii (3), Takafumi Ohshiro (3), Takeo Touno (4), Shigeru Matsumoto (4) 1) Japan Medical Laser Laboratory , 2) Oshiro Clinic, 3) Keio University Dept. of Plast. and Reconst. Surgery, 4) Nihon Sport Science University. The Journal of Laser Therapy MILLENNIUM EDITION • VOLUMES 12 & 13 Sumo Wrestling is the only national endorsed sport in Japan. Professional Sumo Wrestlers belong to the Nihon Sumo Kyokai (Japan Sumo Wrestling Association). Sumo Wrestling meets bimonthly, 6 times a year. Each Sumo sessions has 15 days where the Wrestlers must wrestle for 15 consecutive days against 15 different opponents. This national sport is popular and there are many Sumo Wrestling Teams for all ages. The strongest person from these teams are recruited to the Nihon Sumo Kyokai and become professional. Most Sumo Wrestlers have some symptoms such a pain due to prior injuries and their hard training. We recently had the opportunity to perform Laser Therapy on 6 Sumo Wrestlers who were complaining of various symptoms. We would like to explain about the removal of those symptoms by LLLT, and how Laser therapy affected their performance. All 6 performed better both subjectively […]
Zlatko Simunovic, M.D., F.M.H. (1), Tatjana Trobonjaca, M.D. (2) (1) Pain Clinic-Laser Center, Locarno, Switzerland; (2) 2 Laser Center, Opatija, Croatia. (3) SPIE proceedings series Laser Florence’99. Conference, Florence , ITALIE (28/10/1999), 2000, vol. 4166, pp. 286-293, [Note(s) : XII, 328 p., ] (19 ref.) ISBN 0-8194-3822-7 The aim of current multicenter clinical study was to assess to efficacy of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in the treatment of sport- and traffic-related soft tissue injuries compared to the placebo and classical physiotherapeutic procedures. This study was conducted in two centers located in Locarno, Switzerland (n=94) and Opatija, Croatia (n=38). Two types of irradiation techniques were used: (1) direct, skin contact technique for treatment of Trigger Points (TPs) where infrared diode laser (GaAIAs) 830 nm continuous wave was applied; and (2) scanning technique for irradiation of larger surface area with use of Helium Neon (HeNe) laser 632.8 nm combined with infrared diode laser 904 nm pulsed wave. Control group of patients was treated with classical physiotherapeutic procedures. Results were evaluated according to the clinical parameters like: hematoma, edema, heat, pain and loss of function. All findings were scored and statistically analyzed according to the chi-square test. The results have demonstrated that the recovery process was accelerated (35-50%) in 85% […]
Morrone G, Guzzardella G A, Tigani D et al. PMID: 10728586 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Artif Cells Blood Substit Immobil Biotechnol. 2000 Mar;28(2):193-201 The aim of the study was to verify the effects of lllt performed with GaAlAs (780 nm, 2500 mW) on human cartilage cells in vitro. The cartilage sample used for the biostimulation treatment was taken from the right knee of a 19-year-old patient. After the chondrocytes were isolated and suspended for cultivation, the cultures were incubated for 10 days. The cultures were divided into four groups. Groups I, II, III were subject to biostimulation with the following laser parameters: 300J, 1W, 100Hz,10 min. exposure, pulsating emission; 300J, 1W, 300Hz, 10 min. exposure, pulsating emission; and 300J, 1W, 500Hz, 10 min. exposure, pulsating emission, respectively. Group IV did not receive any treatment. The laser biostimulation was conducted for five consecutive days. The data showed good results in terms of cell viability and levels of Ca and Alkaline Phosphate in the groups treated with laser compared to the untreated group. The results obtained confirm our previous positive in vitro results that the GaAlAs Laser provides biostimulation without cell damage.
Yoshimi Asagai, M.D.1, Atsuhiro Imakiire, M.D.2, Toshio Ohshiro, M.D.3, 1. Shinano Handicapped Children`s Hospital Shimosuwa, Nagano, Japan 2. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tokyo Medical University Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan 3. Japan Medical Laser Laboratory, Shinanomachi, Tokyo, Japan Presentation at World Association of Laser Therapy annual conference in Athens,Greece. 2000. Acute-phase injury is generally treated by localized cooling of the region, and rarely by the active use of low level laser therapy (LLLT) in Japan. Thermographic studies of acute-phase injury revealed that circulatory disturbances at the site of trauma occurred due to swelling and edema on the day following the injury, and that skin temperature was high at the site of the trauma and low at the periphery. Following LLLT, circulatory disturbances rapidly improved, while temperature in the high temperature zone around the site of trauma fell by 3 degrees on the average, but at the periphery the low temperature rose by 3 degrees on the average to nearly normal skin temperature. Clinically, swelling and edema improved. LLLT was also useful in treating necrosis of the skin in the wound area and in accelerating healing of surgical wounds of paralytic feet, which are prone to delayed, wound healing and also wounds […]