Parksville Physiotherapy Clinic

 
 
Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) uses superluminous and laser diodes to irradiate injured tissue with photons. These particles of energy are absorbed by a variety of molecules resulting in the conversion of light into biochemical energy. Positive physiological responses are initiated allowing normal cell morphology and function to be restored.

The physiological effects of LILT are numerous. LILT increases DNA synthesis the protein building block essential to the process of cell regeneration. It increases collagen to help maximize tensile strength of muscles, tendons and ligaments, and ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to fuel the cell. It facilitates the release of endorphins morphine-like substances produced by the body to reduce the sensation of pain. LILT helps modulate the cellular components involved in the healing process (e.g. macrophages, fibroblasts, and lymphocytes.) In addition, LILT stimulates the immune response, improves lymphatic drainage, and increases angiogenesis (formation of new capillaries and arterioles) resulting in improved circulation and tissue oxygenation.

Low intensity laser therapy can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including:

Carpal tunnel syndrome
Epicondylitis (tennis and golfer's elbow)
Repetitive strain and overuse syndromes Rotator cuff injury
Temporo-mandibular joint (jaw) dysfunction
Complex regional pain syndrome
Ligament and tendon tears
Fractures with associated soft tissue injuries
Facet joint syndrome
Contusions
Bulging and herniated discs
Tendinitis
Bursitis
Plantar fasciitis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Osteoarthritis
Chondromalacia patella
Spinal stenosis
Bells palsy
Trigeminal neuralgia
Peripheral nerve damage
Post-herpetic pain (due to shingles)
Gout/arthritis
Lymphedema

Low intensity laser treatment usually takes 30 minutes. Unlike most pharmaceutical solutions and other therapeutic options, laser therapy is non-toxic, non-invasive and, in over one million individual treatments, no significant adverse effects have been noted. The number of treatments will depend on the chronicity and the extent of the pathology involved. Based on the genetic makeup of the cells, an individual's response to LILT will vary to some degree. A recent clinical review, including 1,000 consecutively treated patients, reveals the average number of treatments to be 9.4.


Our Hours

Monday
7:40am to 6:00pm

Tuesday
7:40am to 4:40pm

Wednesday
7:40am to 4:40pm

Thursday
7:40am to 6:00pm

Friday
7:40am to 4:40pm

Saturday - Sunday
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250-248-2644

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176 Weld Street
Parksville, BC
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