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Unless you or someone you know has struggled with severe injury, chronic pain, or degenerative disease, it's difficult to understand the impact it can have on life.
But if you struggle with chronic pain, you know its debilitating effects. You've likely given up hobbies, family activities, and travel in your efforts to control pain and maintain functionality.
Unfortunately, until now, the only treatment options for these types of conditions have been surgery or addictive pain killers, which often have unwelcome side effects. But recent advances in medical technology may offer advanced, effective relief.
K-Laser, a state-of-the-art, Class IV laser therapy, has been found to penetrate tissue and initiate healing on a cellular level, even allowing some patients to return to normal, everyday activities with little to no pain.
Dr Jason Lehr and Dr Darren Leavitt, are now offering K-Laser treatments in the Calgary area.
"I'm thrilled with the outcome of K-Laser therapy. I'm now able to provide holistic, natural treatment for conditions that previously required invasive treatment or heavy medications with no promise of real relief."
Here are a few responses from some K-Laser patients:
K-Laser, also known as High Power Laser Therapy, targets damaged tissue with specific wavelengths of light that have been found to interact with tissue and accelerate the healing process.
Much like photosynthesis in plants, light energy passes through the skin, into the cell membrane, initiating a process called photobiostimulation. This process enhances the body's natural regenerative functions, as well as stimulating the release of endorphins and collagen. It may eventually even normalize damaged or injured tissue.
The result? Accelerated wound healing, as well as reduced pain, stiffness, swelling, and spasms. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored, so patients may take their life back and resume their favorite hobbies and activities.
High power laser therapy can stimulate all cell types, including soft tissue, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves. Some conditions that have been shown to respond well to K-Laser include:
* Note: Podiatric Physicians are legally permitted to treat foot and ankle conditions only. Patients seeking treatment for other areas or conditions must seek K-Laser treatment from other health care professionals.
Many patients report pain relief in as little as one treatment, and most are able to resume normal daily activities with no pain and restricted movement after their therapy is completed.
Treatments are administered by a technician, using a hand-held device the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for anywhere from 30 seconds to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the treatment plan.
Most patients report a warm, relaxing sensation. They generally experience no side effects or recovery period.
For too long, medicine has focused on symptom relief rather than true healing. K-Laser offers an alternative, and it's a welcome change for athletes as well as patients interested in natural remedies.
Steve Donohue, Asst. Athletic Trainer of the N.Y. Yankees, reports, "We use the K-Laser both on acute and chronic conditions, such as bruises, contusions and tendinitis. We ice and then use the laser, and players seem to respond quicker. It's a hot item in the training room. The guys line up for it!"
More than 1200 studies conducted over 40 years worldwide have shown the powerful therapeutic benefits of high power laser therapy.
Are you a candidate for K-Laser therapy? If so, call 403-242-3668 to book an appointment.
"If you suffer from chronic pain, laser therapy may give you your life back. You owe it to yourself to try the advanced treatment options that are now available. I truly believe K-Laser can make a difference. My hope is that everyone who needs it will at least give it a try".
Clinic hours are Monday - Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM. Tell the receptionist you'd like to come in for the "K-Laser Evaluation."
Your K-Laser treatment must be delivered directly to your skin. Wear clothing that will allow access to the area. Shorts, sweat pants, a sport bra or similar items are suggested. Alternatively, your doctor will have you change into a patient gown if the area needing K-Laser treatment is not readily accessible.
The number of K-Laser sessions you will need depends on the nature and duration of your condition, and other factors. Some acute conditions will respond in 6 or fewer sessions, whereas chronic conditions may take 15 or more treatments. Some chronic conditions require ongoing care to sustain pain relief and functionality.
Most patients describe it as a very soothing, warm sensation. Since the K-Laser is a high-powered therapy laser, your skin will get warm during the treatment. Many patients feel a significant reduction in pain on the first visit. Occasionally, patients will feel slightly more pain immediately after the treatment – and then feel much better the next day.
You may feel pain relief after just the first treatment. For other patients, it takes a while longer. Most patients report feeling very relaxed, or even tired. If you feel a lot less pain, keep in mind that pain reduction is just one goal. The K-Laser is giving your body's cells more energy so they repair and regenerate new tissues. The effect of K-Laser therapy treatments is cumulative. You will be getting more benefit with successive treatments.
For the most part, no. Obviously you do not want to overexert and reinjure yourself. You may need to make changes in your work station. If you are planning to work out, you may want to reduce the intensity, or change the nature of your exercise. Discuss this with your doctor.
One effect of the K-Laser treatment is vasodilation – which means your blood and lymphatic vessels have a larger diameter. This helps with inflammation reduction, but for some people the vasodilation can also make them sore. Use ice on the area, as directed by your doctor. You could use a pain relief gel, such as MyoMed.
Pain relief is just one goal in your care. K-Laser treatments help your body's repair and regeneration processes. Completing your K-Laser session package will further assist the healing processes. We suggest that you use all the treatments in the package, to ensure the most effective care possible.
The K-Laser is a high-powered therapy laser. Laser light can be focused by the lens of your eye, and potentially cause damage to your retina. The safety glasses you wear specifically block out the wavelengths of light produced by the K-Laser.
K-Laser information provided by the manufactures of K-Laser and provided under license to the Foot Institute.