Lakeshore Chiropractic Group in St. Catharines, Ontario uses the Apollo Laser to provide cold laser therapy treatments at their facility. Chiropractor Dr. Albert Scales shares his experience working with Pivotal Health Solutions and the Apollo Laser Desktop Unit.
Both ultrasound and cold laser are treatment modalities commonly used in physical therapy, sports medicine, chiropractic and beyond. They are both used to provide a therapeutic effect on tissues of the body. Generally, they are used to:
It may come as a surprise to some what lasers are used for. Though lasers may still sound like technology of the future, health professionals know otherwise. In fact, health professionals, such as chiropractors and physical therapists, have been using lasers to accelerate the healing process for nearly five decades, starting in 1967 with the work of Professor Endre Mester, a Hungarian physician who experimented with using lasers to treat skin cancer.1,2
Studies are continuing to demonstrate the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy in treating pain. Not only does it compare favorably against more traditional modalities such as electric stimulation, but it also has new applications, such as not simply treating but also preventing pain from the side effects of chemotherapy. New research also shows that low-level laser therapy may be used in conjunction with cortisone treatments.
In our daily lives, our necks and shoulders carry a lot of weight. We sling on bulging bags or backpacks, lift and carry our children, or move heavy boxes or other items at work. Over time, this can result in chronic neck pain. Cervical manipulation, mobilization, massage or rehabilitative exercises are all possible treatments. Laser therapy is a newer modality that’s also been found to give relief. ChiroEco.com explains how laser therapy works.