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|Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) / Cold Laser for tissue healing, inflammation & pain relief|
There is substantial clinical evidence published in peer reviewed medical journals that "cold" Low Level laser Therapy (LLLT) can stimulate repair of tissue, reduce inflammation and relieve pain in musculoskeletal disorders. LLLT has undergone over 1000 published laboratory studies and is already proven in over 100 successful randomised double blind controlled clinical trials (RCT's). These trials include osteoarthritis, tendinitis / tendinopathies and other sports injuries, back and neck pain, diabetic foot and venous ulcer wound healing.
LLLT or "cold laser therapy" is on track to become one of the most important developments in life sciences since the discovery of penicillin. LLLT dramatically reduces musculoskeletal pain and inflammation as well as promoting tissue repair wherever the laser beam is applied. This is not a heat treatment, the effects are photochemical. One of the primary actions is on mitochondrial production of ATP, therefore potentially affecting any eukaryotic cell in the body.
The three main areas with good evidence are:
Soft Tissue Injuries
Back and Neck Pain
Other applications such as shingles, gout, post operative pain, also respond well.
THOR specialize in the manufacture of hand held laser therapy devices for professionally qualified therapists specializing in musculoskeletal pain and rehabilitation such as Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists.
How does it work?
Health in Balance Chiropractic uses class 3 lasers that cannot cut, harm, or burn the skin. Our FDA approved Laser is designed to stimulate the central nervous system and cause an over-production of the body’s natural chemicals. These chemicals significantly reduce or totally eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with withdrawal symptoms. These natural chemicals are endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and other opiate like peptides. Before you began to use tobacco, endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine were released in your body on a natural time clock. When you began to use tobacco, the nicotine and other carcinogens caused a manual release of those same chemicals. The repetitive use of nicotine stops the body’s natural production of these chemicals. The body then waits for the nicotine before it will release the chemicals it needs. Our Laser Therapy is designed to cause a sustained over-production of those same chemicals which in turn helps eliminate the pain and discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms you would have due to smoking cessation.
The therapy will be performed by Dr. Steven Waldo or by Kelsey, a Laser Technician. We will stimulate points located on your ears, face, wrists, and hands. The first session will take about 50 minutes and the follow up sessions will last about 30 minutes. The follow up visits will be also be performed by Dr. Waldo or Kelsey. The process is 100% non-invasive and does not leave you with any side-effects. People describe the therapy as tranquil and euphoric.
More answers under FAQ's.
Are you Ready to Quit Smoking?
What is it?
Smoking is an addiction that currently affects approximately 70.8 million people in the United States. It has been identified by the American Lung Association as the most important source of preventable morbidity and early mortality worldwide. In the U.S., smoking is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths. Smoking costs the U.S. economy over $167 billion in health care costs and lost productivity each year.
Cigarette smoke contains many compounds that are harmful to the body. Tar in the smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 60 that have been shown to cause cancer. Smoking causes approximately 90% of all lung cancers. Other chemicals in the smoke cause lung and heart disease.
Approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths occur each year among nonsmokers in the United States as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. It has also been shown that persons living in a home with smokers are at the highest risk of developing cancer from secondhand smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, sitting in a nonsmoking section of a restaurant for two hours is equal to smoking one and a half cigarettes. In addition, a nonsmoker sitting behind a smoker in a bar for two hours breathes in the equivalent of four cigarettes.
What causes it?
Addiction to smoking is actually caused by the body’s addiction to the primary ingredient in cigarette smoke, known as nicotine. Nicotine causes an addiction to smoking in three ways. First, small amounts of nicotine make a person feel pleasant and satisfied, causing the person to want to smoke even more. Secondly, nicotine affects the mood and behavior of a smoker by altering chemicals in the brain. After inhaling, the nicotine releases endorphis, dopamine, serotonin, and other opiate peptides at a high rate. When it falls it will trigger the "cravings". The body normally releases these natural chemicals on a time clock and when we become addicted to smoking this natural release ceases and the body becomes dependent on the cigarrete to trigger these chemicals. Lastly, and often most importantly, withdrawal symptoms, such as nervousness, headaches, irritability, and difficulty sleeping, occur when a person refrains from smoking for a given period of time (usually about 24 hours).
Why should you quit?
The US Surgeon General’s Report of 1990 detailed a timeline as to how cessation from nicotine improves a person’s health status. While this report is somewhat dated, it still holds true today.
Plan! Plan! Plan! Planning is a key component in successfully quitting smoking. Because quitting smoking is such a difficult task to accomplish, you must be bothmentally and physically prepared to go through the process of smoking cessation. Many of the techniques mentioned below must be implemented before and maintained throughout your smoking cessation process. Health in Balance Laser Therapy is here to help with the physical demands by eliminating the pain and discomfort from the withdrawal. Our Laser Therapy spikes the increase in the natural chemicals spoken above and keeps them high to help with the symptoms of withdrawal. After 72 hours your SUCCESS rate increases because it takes approximately 24-48 hours for the therapy to maximize its effects.
Preparing to Quit Smoking
What to do during the quitting process
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