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"When we say penetration, we're talking about how deep the light can get through the tissues . . . When we talk about scattering, that has to do with how much light diffuses into the tissues instead of traveling on in a linear fashion. Absorption refers to how the tissues take up the light."
"When we are talking about photobiomodulation, those wavelengths are specifically between six and 700 nanometers as well as from 770 to about 1064. Those are our most common and seemingly most efficient parameters for wavelengths."
"Laser is a great modality for improving blood flow and for soft tissue healing. But more than that, you have to have the right equipment that can give you the right level of dosing. You need to have the right settings, you need the right protocols. If you don't have all that correct, then in clinical practice, you're just not going to see the results that you should."
"Certain colors of light have an effect on cytochrome C oxidase as well as the mitochondrial-bound water layers. . . . Circulating cell-free intact mitochondria have crucial biological and physiological roles."
"Three days a week is typically going to be enough. Five days a week with a high intensity laser with an extremely high dose doesn't give the tissues time to recover. It does help to reduce nociceptive action, which means pain reduction for these patients, but not necessarily healing."
"They utilized a sham treatment in addition to settings at one watt, six watts, and three watts, all at a 50% duty cycle using a K-Laser, and they applied the laser for four minutes to the bicep, taking measurements throughout the treatment, and then also five minutes after the treatment. What they saw is that for the three watt dose, they saw good increases in blood flow, both at minute four of the treatment and then up to two minutes after treatment, that it continued to have improved blood flow to that distal forearm. They did not observe any changes in blood flow for the six watt or one watt settings, and of course did not see any for these sham doses before, during or after laser treatment either."
"There are no medication interactions. There are no known side effects of laser therapy. There is no reason not to be using laser when it is an evidence-based treatment for this particular disorder."
"So, given all this, the fact that NSAIDs tend to reduce effects of laser, that laser therapy sessions should be about 10 or more, and that you should be using pulsed light that you should use higher irradiance for the chronic patient versus the acute pain patient..."
"...why isn't laser therapy part of the standard of care? Well, at least in this case, the problem is not the laser therapy evidence. The problem is the formation of these guidelines and how often they are reviewed and updated."
"I think it's easy as a clinician to almost forget all the different ways that laser therapy can be utilized to help all of your patients."
"We are focused on helping patients. We do this by helping medical providers learn about using laser to help their patients with this amazing modality. Our online courses are easy to access, understandable, and make an immediate difference in how you practice every day. Our podcasts and blogs keep providers up to date on the research as well."
"Your staff is a big part of delivering laser therapy treatments because you can have staff members operate the laser for your patients. They simply need some training and proper oversight, and as long as they are confident in how to deliver treatments, you'll have more free time in your practice and happy patients who are getting great laser therapy results."
"Kristi has designed some amazing courses that are interactive, that use multiple formats to present the material without all the fluff. So, you can quickly power through, get the information you need and then move on to implementing it in practice."
"We train our doctors how to spot when a patient's macro nutrition is not sufficient and those micro nutrition problems like trace minerals. How do you know when somebody is low on these nutrition factors without having to run blood work every single time you see the patient?"