Monthly Archives: April 2014

Low Level Laser Therapy – Cold Laser

Dr. Stowe has been studying and perfecting his knowledge to utilize and treat patients with Low Level Laser Therapy(LLLT).  Studying under Dr. Jeff Spencer, the chiropractor who treated Lance Armstrong through seven Tour de France competitions, Dr. Stowe is now able to offer a new service that truly finds and treats the cause of many tissue conditions.

Recent research in cell biology has described a continuous microscopic matrix that extends into every part of the organism, including into every cell and into every nucleus, of all cells, throughout the body.This system is called “the living matrix”.The key elements in this system are connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, fascia, cartilage and bone.This entire matrix has semiconductor properties.The 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the discovery of semiconducting properties, which also exist through the human body as planes called fascia.

Healing is essentially a cellular process and light energy initiates a cascade of reactions from the cell membrane to cytoplasm to nucleus and DNA. Called cellular amplification, this process demonstrated and earned a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1994.

Many biological processes that take place in tissues have been shown to respond to LLLT in the 630-640 nanometer (nm) wavelength range, with 635nm demonstrating the most beneficial wavelength to tissue. Enhanced energy production, decreased inflammation and an increase in endorphins are just a few of the effects.

A “true laser” produces the emission of coherent light, generated at a precise, stable frequency, in a focused direction. Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) are not true lasers. They produce non-coherent or random light, generating random frequencies. Only coherent light can be used to effectively treat the human body.

At West U Chiropractic, we utilize the best LLLT available on the market today; the Erchonia PL5. Erchonia’s lasers were the first to receive FDA approval for the management of neck and back pain. Improvement of 30-50% reduction in pain is typical with just one treatment (although not guaranteed).

Treatment protocols are numerous but the following are samples of the uses of the PL5 –

  • adhesion
  • trigger points
  • plantar fascitis
  • pain – chronic and acute
  • carpal tunnel
  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • golfer’s elbow
  • tennis elbow

 

These are just a few of the conditions for which protocol frequencies exist and that can be programmed into the PL5 for treatments to assist patients in their pursuit of health and wellness.

Please contact our office should you have any questions regarding a specific condition or disease process.

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What is the Graston Technique?

About Graston Technique®

Changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated

Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 18,000 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.

GT is utilized at some 1,960 outpatient facilities and 53 industrial sites, by more than 284 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 57 respected colleges and universities.

Outpatient Facilities (US)
Outpatient Facilities (Canada)
Companies/Industry
Colleges and Universities
Sports Organizations

For the clinician:
  • Provides improved diagnostic treatment
  • Detects major and minor fibrotic changes
  • Reduces manual stress; provides hand and joint conservation
  • Increases patient satisfaction by achieving notably better outcomes
  • Expands business and revenue opportunities
For the patient:
  • Decreases overall time of treatment
  • Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent
For employers and the healthcare industry:
  • Allows patients to remain on the job
  • Reduces the need for splints, braces and job-site modifications
  • Contributes to reduction of labor and healthcare costs, direct and indirect

Information via http://www.grastontechnique.com