Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC
Podiatrists located in Midtown & Downtown, New York, NY
MLS Laser Therapy Q & A
What is MLS Laser Therapy?
The FDA-cleared MLS Therapy Laser uses pulsed laser light photon energy to stimulate the body’s own healing process. It is called photobiostimulation. It enhances cellular functions and cell proliferation rates. It also increases vascular flow and activates angiogenesis, which is the formation of new capillaries Additionally it increases cytokines and anti-inflammatory growth factors.
The end result is that MLS Laser Therapy speeds up the process of relieving inflammation and pain associated with many conditions including:
- Bunion Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Arthritis and Bursitis
- Wound Healing
- Work/ Sports Injuries
- Postsurgical Recovery
- Sprains and Strains
- Tarsal Tunnel
- …. And more
Will it hurt?
The MLS laser was designed to treat conditions without an excessive thermal effect, resulting in a treatment that almost all patients report as painless.
Is the effect long lasting?
For most patients the answer is “Yes”. While each person and each condition varies, many patients receive tremendous relief from their pain and inflammation when they go through a series of MLS Laser therapy treatments. Most patients may not need additional treatments in the future, some conditions, like arthritis, are degenerative. The great thing about MLS Laser therapy for arthritic patients is that once you feel better, you can be more active and it is this increased activity that helps minimize the long term effects of arthritis. You may need an occasional single MLS treatment every 4 to 6 weeks over the course of the year just to hold the inflammation at bay and keep the arthritic pain in check.
Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy
- Non-surgical treatment
- No known side effects
- Drug free
- Rapid results
Biological effects of Laser therapy
Laser therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilatation, and also activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain, which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles are repaired faster.
Improved Vascular activity
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly, and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of vessel formation, which causes temporary vasodilatation, an increase in the diameter of blood vessels.
Increases Metabolic activity
Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
Trigger points and Acupuncture Points
Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.
Improved Nerve Function
Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.
Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulation of immunoglobines and lymphocytes. Laser therapy is absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosine-tri-phosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
Faster wound healing
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue (fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing).
Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.
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