Low Light Laser Therapy / Photobiomodulation; what you need to know

what it doesLow Laser Light Therapy / Photobiomodulation

We are Beings of Light.

Light enables us to read this page by reflecting back to our retina.

We Breath in life giving oxygen, produced by plants using the energy of the sun.

We absorb essential nutrients like vitamin D and we “tan” due to the light of the sun and a chemical reaction in our cells.

This amazing relationship with light is something we share with most living organisms on this planet and as a result we tend to rely on light for energy, information and guidance. It’s no wonder ancient civilizations worshiped the Sun as a life giving, god-like being. Had the sun been smaller, or further away, it is likely none of us would be here.

This process of how our bodies react with light is known as photobiomodulation.

So what does this have to do with low  light laser therapy?  Surprisingly, Low Light Laser Therapy, as we know it, has only been around for about 50 years, yet, the potential of this incredible alternative form of medicine is just beginning to be appreciated and finally understood. The science behind the results is quite amazing and although there are still skeptics, it is hard to argue with results.. Let’s start at the beginning…

What is low light laser therapy?

In 2015, the term Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT)  was indexed  to the National Library of Medicine as the term to replace the existing records of low-light laser therapy, Biostimulation, Cold/Cool Laser, Low Level laser therapy, Soft Laser and Low Power Laser Therapy.

The word L.A.S.E.R is an acronym for (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation), and is distinguished from other light sources by its coherency  (ability to stick together) creating a beam of light in which high energies are concentrated. Laser Light Therapy  is a form of photo-therapy (treatment with light) used to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain management.

How Does Low Laser Light therapy Work?

The laser uses specific bands of light to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of the skin. After an injury, the body needs cellular fuel,Picture2 known as ATP, to heal. With low laser light therapy, a low-level laser directs energy through the skin and to the injured cells. Cells then harness this energy and convert it into more ATP.  The more ATP the body can produce, the faster the cells can repair cellular damage.  Additionally, this injection of cellular fuel helps tissues eliminate the inflammatory substances that cause pain and lead to scar tissue.

This  modality of medicine is  quickly becoming one of the most popular high-tech treatment options for safely and naturally accelerating the body’s natural healing process after injury.   Recently,  with better understanding of the effects of the different wavelengths,  technology has evolved and third generation devices are now available and are proving to provide a higher level of safety, with better results,  in a portable, powerful,  over the counter unit.

Not all lasers are the same

Laser technology began with Albert Einstein, who, in 1917 proposed that electrons could be stimulated to emit light of a particular wavelength, But it would take nearly 40 years before scientist would be able to prove Einstein correct and begin putting lasers on the path to becoming the powerful versatile and universal tool they are today. Fast forward to today, and lasers are an important part of our daily lives. Lasers are used in CDs and DVDs, scanners, fax machines, fiber optics, engraving and cutting  and our cell phones, basically our entire electronic world is connected to lasers.  Lasers are used in LASIK eye surgery and used in Hospitals around the world for easy and safer surgeries.  But not all Lasers are the same.

Photobiomodulation does not induce heating in tissues like surgical lasers,  remember it is all in the photochemical reactions of the certain wavelengths of light with our cell membranes. Compromised cells respond better than healthy cells to light energy allowing these brief treatments of low level light to enhance wound healing and tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation and treat chronic pain.

What you need to know about FDA  Laser Classifications and Laser Safety

According to the Food and Drug Administration or the FDA[1], Laser products are classified on the basis of the highest level of laser radiation to which human access is possible during operation only. Lasers are also classified using physical parameters of the laser, power, wavelength and exposure duration, and is based on the laser’s potential for causing immediate injury to the eye or skin and/or potential for causing fires and/or burns  from direct exposure to the beam or from reflections from diffuse reflective surfaces. The higher the class, the more dangerous  the Laser. The FDA recognizes four major classes ( I to IV) of Lasers including three sub-classes.

below is a chart from the FDA’s Website with product examples:

Class FDA Laser Product Hazard Product Examples
I Considered non-hazardous. Hazard increases if viewed with optical aids, including magnifiers, binoculars, or telescopes. ·         laser printers

·         CD players

·         DVD players

IIa, II Hazard increases when viewed directly for long periods of time. Hazard increases if viewed with optical aids. ·         bar code scanners
IIIa Depending on power and beam area, can be momentarily hazardous when directly viewed or when staring directly at the beam with an unaided eye. Risk of injury increases when viewed with optical aids. ·         laser pointers
IIIb Immediate skin hazard from direct beam and immediate eye hazard when viewed directly. ·         laser light show projectors

·         industrial lasers

·         research lasers

IV Immediate skin hazard and eye hazard from exposure to either the direct or reflected beam; may also present a fire hazard. ·         laser light show projectors

·         industrial lasers

·         research lasers

·         lasers used to perform LASIK eye surgery

In the beginning  Laser technology was quite complicated.

Here is a little information you may not think you need…

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Is this the correct wavelength?

Light is composed of photons. A photon can act like a particle or a wave at the same time and travels at the speed of light.  The energy of a photon is directly related to the frequency of its wavelength.  The shorter the waves of light, the greater the energy transferred.. The Intensity of the light determines how many photons strike a given surface. The higher the intensity, the greater the number of photons transferred, thus the greater amount of energy transferred.

Yes, it used to be quite a mathematical formula  to set a laser with the needed power to the proper wavelength to get the desired results. One had to be part doctor and part mathematician to be consistently  successful with a powerful laser.  It is no wonder that many professionals stayed away from early lasers and the dangers that they presented.

Thankfully, technology has evolved and caught up to the Science. Scientists have been successful at pinpointing the exact wavelength  and power needed to help damaged cells  regenerate and repair, and are able to use and understand how different wavelengths work best for different injuries. With this new understanding of how best to use lasers for healing, new lasers have been developed that offer all the power of a class IV Laser with the safety of a Class I, making cold laser light therapy practical, safe, affordable and available  to anyone who wants to improve their own or their pets healing process.

Lasers of old were considered Constant Wave lasers (CWL). New Developments in technology have now created Super Pulsed lasers (SPL).  Some CW laser manufacturers now claim to use pulsed technology by gating the beam with a shutter, chopping it on and off and yes these CW lasers can still produce beneficial effects, but they cannot compare with the density, depth of penetration and patient safety made possible by true Super Pulsed lasers.

Picture12Super Pulsed Laser; Technology comes of Age..

With higher Photon density, True Super Pulsed lasers enable deeper penetration of tissues, up to 5 inches deep, and Super Pulsed lasers produce a high peak impulse of intense light “flashes”, allowing for quicker absorption at the cellular level which increases the energy available and stimulates production of new ATP, leading to optimal rapid pain relief and accelerated healing. With a Super Pulsed laser there are no damaging thermal effects in the tissues allowing for a Class I FDA safety clearance.

With Light being such an important part of living cells, it is about time the use of this energy became available,  and Just like improvements in  technology across the board, lasers have evolved to become a true option for treating injuries, both chronic and acute.  Chiropractors, oral surgeons, and veterinarians are among the many professionals using and praising the results. Professional sports teams have been using the efficiency of laser technology for years to keep their players on the field.  The key to a successful therapeutic dose of laser energy is achieving the right combination of power, wavelength and time, allowing proper penetration,  without causing harmful effects to the cells or creating thermal effects that do more harm then good.

Want to learn more about Photobiomodulation and how it can help relieve your pain?

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Interactive Tether Tug Dog Toy Review

teathertug-corgiMental and physical Fun for your Pup!

I recently discovered this amazing interactive tug toy for  my corgi Eddie. Eddie is a very active  Cardigan Welsh Corgi that is constantly on the go and is always ready to retrieve a ball. Recently, Eddie pulled the sheath off  of one of his toe nails and running and ball playing were not allowed.. and although he has been healing up nicely, his technique of sliding into the retrieve, often caused him pain and more limping.

I bought the Tether Tug Dog Toy for one of my other dogs that is more into rope toys, never thinking that  the corgis would enjoy it so much, but after a little bit of interacting with him and the rope, he caught on quickly and now it is one of his favorite things to play with in the yard.

This Tether Tug toy is  a great stress release for him as I have noticed when the dogs across the road are barking, instead of running to the fence to bark back, he runs to his “tugger” and starts pulling and shaking.. The amazing thing is that because of his stature, his front toes do not take any abuse, and his sensitive toe is just about all healed up, with the added benefit of keeping him fit (he is an agility dog) and strengthening his core  at the same time.

I can’t stress enough how much this has helped Eddie maintain his happy outlook, all the while, keeping him from painfully banging his toe and causing any further injury.

Here is my Product Reviewteathertug-BC

PRODUCT NAME:  Tether Tug XL
PRICE: 59.99
INTRODUCTION: No matter what size dog you have, I would recommend you get the largest size you feel comfortable with. Mine is an XL and certainly a great choice for my corgis who are not XL..  Easy to install, using a large hammer, and, the pole lifts out for easy lawn maintenance.  

The XL comes with:  

  • 55 inch tether tug pole that slides into a in-ground base
  • A knotted rope toy with a quick connector 
  • The XL is designed for all dogs over 60 pounds including Pit Bulls, and has a larger heaver duty base.

This toy is great for any active, high energy dog or any dog that likes to play tug. Often times , both my corgis will pull at the same time, against each other and against the pole.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW;  As with any dog toy that is played with roughly, the rope should be monitored for damage and can easily be teathertugreplaced with tether tug replacements, or you can make your own tether tug replacement with fleece.  
RATING; 8 out of 10 . When installed correctly, this toy provides hours of entertainment for your dog(s). The one worry that I have about it is the “snap” that holds the rope toy to the pole. My taller dogs tend to reach higher toward the top of the rope and occasionally would mouth the snap. I wrapped it with a bit of duct tape, to prevent teeth from getting  caught, and that solved that issue.
FINAL OPINION:  This is a great toy to add to any dog lovers arsenal of toy options for your dogs! Certainly can’t replace the time you spend with your dog, but can help burn off some excess energy and strengthen at the same time.
WHERE TO BUY; Amazon.com

I would love to hear about your dogs adventures with their Tether tug.. Or have a question I can help with? Drop me a note… I LOVE to talk dog..!

Shelley

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Eddie Thunder’s review of low light laser therapy

IMG_7609My Name is Eddie Thunder

Well Actually that is my stage name..  imagine  Ed McMann  saying it.. that’s how I like it.. I am a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, yes I have a beautiful Tail , and, I have a beautiful tale.  I am 6 years old and live on a small farm with my sister, Dixie, and the rest of the gang, which includes a lot of cats, a horse, two goats, some chickens.. well you get the picture, it is a hard job to keep them all in line.  Any way,  I want to tell you  about how low light laser therapy has helped me feel so much better that now I can fly again.  Being a Cardigan Welsh Corgi isn’t easy.. I’ve got some big dog shoes to fill, and don’t call me little, I might be short, but I can run circles around most other dogs, and I practice doing it every day. I have to keep the other boys in line,  protect the chickens, keep the goats in, and make sure mom has a tennis ball all the time.

The Trouble with little legs

Eddie Flys!
Look at me Fly! Check out that Tail!

There are not a lot of corgis doing agility. Although my kind were bred to herd cattle, most of us don’t get that opportunity very often (although I did chase some sheep once.. ahh,  but that is a different story) and many of my kin turn into couch potatoes. Me, well I like to be outside. I got some great ears and I can hear things before anyone else, so I am kinda on high alert all of the time. Thing is sometimes it is hard for me to settle down and rest, unless I am really tired. Before I moved in with my mom, she used to do agility with my sister, Dixie, but Dixie was just not suited for Agility and mom was hoping that I would like it, Boy, did she ever get her wish. By the time I got my mom trained on how to do Agility, I was addicted to red kong frisbees. Mom was a bit worried about my addiction. If she didn’t watch me close I would destroy a Frisbee every day, so she started using my favorite toy only when we did Agility, (this is when I got addicted to tennis balls, but again, another story). Funny thing is Mom is a really bad Frisbee thrower, or maybe she is so impressed with my flying ability that she likes to keep me on the ground, anyway I catch a lot of ground throws. I am really good at it too. Just as I am within grasping distance, I spread my back wings and slide, like a pro baseball player, into the prey, oops.. I mean Frisbee, grab it with my teeth and shake it, of course I return it to her, so she can throw it again. One day I was helping mom move  my jumps and Eddie Overthings around and she was throwing my Frisbee for me.. I am pretty persistent.. I think maybe she threw it a little to much, because later that day I was unable to get up as my back wings were just worn out (mom said I strained the muscles on the inside of my thighs from sliding).

A Few of my Favorite Things

Bored Eddie
Ribbons bore me!

Like the song, I like to think of my favorite things when I am hurting, and one of my most favorite things in the whole world is when mom lets me sit on her lap, especially when she get the flashie flashie thing she calls the Laser. I don’t know how she does it, but when she holds the Laser on my skin I just relax and my muscles relax and before long I feel so much better. Before mom got the laser thing I was pretty stiff and tried my hardest, just like always, but sometimes I knocked down the bars when I would try to fly over them, and I know that I should not knock them down. Now, I get to be the athlete  I want to be, and I can Fly again.  I can do with out all the fan fair and ribbons, actually the ribbons kinda bore me, but I sure am glad that I can run and play Agility with mom again because it sure is a lot of fun going to different places just so I can get a chance to get that red Frisbee again.

Love Ya All, Well, except for strangers… so don’t be one

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“SMART” Rabies Tag Review

“Smart” Rabies Tags Review

These are COOL! Unlike earlier versions that can be bought on amazon, these “smart” tags will last for years.  These tags contain the smartphonepettag-herolatest in digital Smartphone Technology. Like a normal rabies tag, each tag shows the current required information, the Vet Clinic name and phone number on the front, but on the back, the tag contains a QR code that provides key information on the Pet, the Owner and the Veterinary Clinic. Each Tag also provides a digital Pet Health Profile with the Pet’s complete medical and vaccination history. And if the pet gets lost, a finder with a smartphone can scan the tag which will automatically send a text and an e-mail alert to the owner and a GPS location of exactly where the pet is. If your vet doesn’t have these yet,  Have them contact Stone manufacturing &Supply Com.  AlsoCheck out this smartphonepettagsweb site  http://www.vetidtags.com  This is where you go to register your pet’s tag.

This is a great option, along with a microchip, to make sure that your pet is always returned to you if he gets away or lost

where to buy:  www.stonemfg.net

Price: only available from your veterinarian, $10.00 -$15.00

My Rating :  9.9 out of 10