I started incorporating cold laser treatments into my practice about 5 years ago. At the time, I was looking for a good way to help my clients heal faster and permanently without drugs or side effects. Many of the conventional therapy treatments such as heat, ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation only provide temporary relief meaning they just mask the pain for a few hours. That is not why I became a physical therapist. I wanted to find true lasting relief with treatments that actually help the body to heal itself. That is when I was introduced to the 830 Laser by a friend of mine who was using it in his practice. After I started using it, I was amazed to see the remarkable results. Then about 2 years ago, I was introduced to another healing device called the BioQPulse. This device provided the same healing effect as the 830 Laser. But could work on the entire body at one time. These two devices have completely changed my physical therapy practice. So what exactly are these two amazing devices?
The 830 Laser is a medical class 3 laser that uses light energy to stimulate the cells of injured tissue through a process known as bio-stimulation. While the BioQPulse uses electromagnetic current to stimulate reflex and pressure points in the body to normalize painful nerves. The BioQPulse also uses a Red-light belt that uses combination of laser and infrared light energy to increase blood flow to injured tissue.
The laser works by sending particles of light called photons into the painful/injured tissues. The light penetrates up to 2 inches without being absorbed by the skin, fat or blood. No heat is generated. The light then stimulates and energizes the cells which causes increased blood flow via nitric oxide release. The increased blood flow helps the tissue to heal.
BioQpulse works by sending electromagnetic current through the body via the acupressure points in the feet, hands and body. This current helps to normalize the energy lines in the body and normalize the nerves by depolarizing the nerves. The biophysical input increases activity of the cells and also causes increased blood flow via nitric oxide release. The Red-light works by using laser and infrared light to increase blood flow to the tissues via nitric oxide release.
These devices work well for all muscle, joint, tendon, and nerve pain issues. The 830 Laser is safe on kids and over implants and hardware in the body. It is good for those with localized pain/injury in a specific area. The only contraindication for the 830 Laser is you cannot use it in the eyes. The BioQPulse works well for those with pain that is widespread over a large area or multiple locations in the body. It uses an electromagnetic current and therefore cannot be used with patients who have a pacemaker or seizure disorders. The Red-light belt is also good for large areas such as the upper/lower back. Because it does generate heat due to the infrared light, it cannot be used over hardware or implanted devices in the body.
There are many benefits to these devices. The 830 Laser will decrease pain, inflammation and accelerate the tissue healing. It does this by increasing blood flow to the area. It helps the tissue heal faster and makes it stronger so it is less likely to re-injured. The laser treatments usually last 5-10 minutes based on the severity.
The BioQPulse and Red-light will decrease pain, inflammation, and swelling in the body and strengthens the connective tissue (ligaments, muscle and tendons) through the increased blood flow. The depolarization of the nerves makes the nerve less sensitive and therefore decreases the pain effectively. It works in 2 hours to 2 days.
All 3 treatments have a compounding effect so the benefits can build on top of each other every treatment session which accelerates the rate of healing. Most clients will see results in their first session. But depending on the complexity of the condition it can take 6-12 sessions to resolve the tissue.
These treatments can be added to an existing therapy session or can be used alone.
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