MR4 Cold laser therapy for soft tissue injuries is an effective part of our program at McAndrew Chiropractic & Acupuncture. Dr. McAndrew specializes in effective, drug-free treatment of acute and chronic pain from hard-to-diagnose soft tissue injuries. The Multi Radiance MR4 LaserStim is part of his integrated treatment program. Cold laser therapy uses low levels of light that stimulate the healing process.
The MR4 Laserstim is the only device of its kind that combines both the power of laser and electrical stimulation to facilitate the healing of soft tissue injuries. That’s not all… the MR4’s patented TARGET technology helps locate damaged tissue using skin conductance. No other cold laser includes this kind of diagnostic power.
How does MR4 cold laser therapy work?
Unlike anti-inflammatory drugs, the MR4 cold laser therapy is safe, non-invasive, and has no known detrimental side effects. Some of the mechanisms for healing are listed below:
- Anti-inflammatory – Laser light reduces swelling, eases pain, lessens stiffness, and improves joint and muscle function.
- Rapid cell repair – Increased ATP accelerates cellular reproduction and healing.
- Faster wound healing – Cold laser stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damages tissues.
- Reduces fibrous tissue formation – Helps minimize formation of scar tissue, aiding in more complete healing, with less chance of weakness and re-injury.
- Increased vascular activity – Increased blood flow to injured areas accelerates healing.
- Nerve function stimulation – Speeds nerve cell processes, which may decrease pain and numbness associated with nerve-related issues.
Here are some conditions that can benefit from MR4 cold laser therapy:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Disc Herniation
- Migraine Headaches
- Sciatic Leg Pain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow/Epicondylitis
- Shoulder Pain
- Rotator Cuff Pain
- Chronic Knee Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sprain/Strain Injuries
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Shingles Pain
- TMD/TMJ Syndrome
- Safe for patients who have artificial knees, hip replacements or other metal implants
If you live in Fort Collins or the surrounding areas and suffer from the chronic pain of soft-tissue injuries, it’s time to make an appointment to see Dr. McAndrew at McAndrew Chiropractic & Acupuncture. Relief from acute and chronic pain is just one call away!
Frequently asked questions
What does a laser therapy treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment – you may occasionally feel a mild, soothing warmth, or tingling.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
Very few side effects have ever been reported, and generally result from other existing conditions. For example, old injuries or pain syndromes may occasionally feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each laser therapy treatment take?
A typical treatment is 5-15 minutes, depending on the size and condition of the area being treated.
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times per week, tapering to once a week or every other week as symptoms improve.
How many treatments does it take?
The number and duration of treatment will depend on the nature of the condition being treated. For example, some acute conditions may need only 1-6 treatments, while those of a more chronic nature may require 10-15. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
You may feel improvement (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment, but sometimes it will take a number of treatments. This does not mean that you are not improving, rather each treatment is cumulative and results are often not felt until after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can laser therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes. Laser therapy is often used with other forms of treatment, such as chiropractic care, massage therapy, or after other procedures, such as surgery.