Harnessing Laser for Relief: Therapeutic Laser Applications Easing Joint Pain

Chiropractors play a significant role in promoting musculoskeletal health and alleviating various conditions, yet there are limitations to their scope of practice. These manual interventions can lead to improved joint mobility and relief, however root causes of inflammation and pain must be addressed to achieve lasting results. Integrating different treatment modalities is often essential to provide comprehensive care for individuals seeking optimal musculoskeletal health.

Laser therapy can be an effective tool to break out of the limitations of adjustment-only treatments. Therapeutic laser applications are illuminating a new path—especially for relief from joint pain. By harnessing the power of light to stimulate cellular processes and encourage healing, these lasers offer a non-invasive, painless, and effective solution. From reducing inflammation to enhancing tissue repair, therapeutic lasers are changing the landscape of joint pain management, providing relief and comfort to those suffering with acute and chronic joint conditions.

In response to practical usage concerns of low-level laser therapy, Class IV MLS Therapy Lasers came to the forefront. Combining impressive synchronization of wavelengths and emission methods, MLS Laser Technology executed exceptional and efficient biological responses. Today, MLS remains a leader in efficient and simultaneous action on pain, contracture, inflammation and edema, exceeding the limits of previous therapeutic laser options.


Photobiomodulation: The Science Behind Therapeutic Lasers

When laser therapy is introduced to the body, it initiates a complex chain of photochemical reactions and cellular responses that collectively define the process of photobiomodulation. The specific wavelengths of light emitted by therapeutic lasers penetrate the tissue, interacting with chromophores—light-absorbing molecules, notably cytochrome c oxidase within mitochondria. This interaction triggers the activation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production via the respiratory chain. The increased ATP availability fuels cellular metabolism, enabling heightened synthesis of proteins, nucleic acids, and growth factors, fostering cellular repair, regeneration, and proliferation—and ultimately, increased joint function.


Erase TMJ Discomfort

For many chiropractic patients, TMJ is a debilitating and difficult to relieve chronic joint condition. Researchers conducted a clinical trial with a group of TMJ patients, divided into three subgroups: MLS Laser Therapy alone, Ora-Guard splint alone, and a combination of both. The results showed that the combined approach of MLS Laser Therapy and Ora-Guard splint yielded the most significant improvements in TMJ symptoms. 

By directing specific wavelengths of light onto the affected TMJ area, therapeutic lasers stimulate cellular activity and promote tissue regeneration. This results in increased blood circulation, reduced inflammation, and enhanced healing within the joint. Laser therapy’s ability to penetrate deep tissues allows it to target the underlying causes of TMJ disorders, such as muscle tension, inflammation, and tissue damage.

In addition to utilizing chiropractic adjustments, manipulations, or soft tissue techniques to address any spinal misalignments that could contribute to TMJ symptoms, chiropractors can add MLS Laser Therapy to their TMJ treatment protocols. Offering true pain relief and harnessing the healing capabilities of laser not only helps patients but keeps treatment in-house, raising your bottom line.


Knee Osteoarthritis & Degenerative Joint Conditions

For the first time since 2013, the AAOS updated their Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) treatment guidelines to now include laser therapy as a viable treatment option. Its non-invasive nature makes it an appealing option, allowing patients to avoid surgical procedures or heavy reliance on medications. 

In a study assessing the impact of different laser therapy methods on knee joint pain and function in patients with KOA, researchers found the group treated with MLS Therapy demonstrated the most significant improvement on KOA and degenerative joint conditions.

Class IV, synchronized lasers harness specific wavelengths that trigger cell chromophores and sets off the chain reaction of ATP production. This increased ATP availability helps both primary and secondary KOA patients experience drug-free pain relief from loss of cartilage and regenerative cell repair leading to increased joint function.

Many joint conditions cause stiffness, pain, and limited mobility that can make standard treatment modalities difficult (and even painful) to execute. To accompany treatments like flexion distraction, active release treatment, and soft tissue techniques, laser can be used to decrease inflammation and pain and stimulate healing. With less inflammation and pain, adjustments can be done more easily and effectively. 

For joint conditions, laser therapy can reduce inflammation surrounding the joint, relieve pain, and improve mobility and range of motion. With a penetration depth of up to 5 centimeters, the patented MLS emission system is ideal for stimulating biological effects deep within joints. As more patients begin considering non-invasive and non-pharmacological solutions for acute and chronic pain, alternative approaches like laser therapy are valuable—and profitable—chiropractic tools.

The Multiwave Locked System®, a unique type of Class IV laser emission system, exceeds the limitations of traditional low-level laser therapy while avoiding the concerns of early generation high-power Class IV lasers.

Studies show that patients who undergo laser therapy to stimulate tissue repair and reduce inflammation experienced significant pain relief and enhanced functionality in their lower back region. Class IV lasers have the strength to penetrate highly inflamed and painful joints, triggering photobiomodulation which not only decreases the joint’s inflammation and acts as an analgesic, but also triggers the cells to regenerate and heal the joint. With a synchronized dual wavelength system, the MLS Therapy Laser provides your patients with immediate relief and long-lasting results. 

Laser therapy can offer chiropractors another tool in their arsenal of holistic pain management modalities for knee and joint pain—and other degenerative, inflammatory, musculoskeletal, and neuropathic conditions.


Harness Synchronized Laser in Your Practice

Laser Therapy has emerged as a groundbreaking solution for joint pain management in chiropractic offices. By harnessing the power of dual-wavelength light, chiropractors can now offer their patients non-invasive, and efficient therapies to alleviate pain and promote healing. The versatility, quick treatment sessions, and minimal side effects make MLS Laser Therapy an attractive option for individuals seeking relief from joint pain without resorting to surgery or medication.

By adding unique MLS Laser Therapy coupled with Cutting Edge’s world-class training and marketing support to their practice, chiropractors can practice better medicine and improve profitability. 

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