How can the K-Laser help you?
What is pain
--Pain is the normal biological process that our bodies use to protect ourselves from further damage. When a tissue or structure is injured or damaged, the sensation of pain is realized and starts the recovery process. This recovery process deals with guarding against further injury by “tightening” the muscles in the region and producing inflammation, which further progresses the healing process. Damaged or dysfunctional cells are repaired or removed to allow the tissue or structure to return to or as close to pre-injury status as possible.
--The sensation of pain is transmitted by the nerves in our body to our spinal cord and relayed up to the brain, so that we may appropriately control the region of insult and respond accordingly. While this is an essential process to our recovery, it can be allowed to persist for too long, resulting in chronic pain. This chronic pain can manifest itself in many ways, but two of the most common are classified as hyperalgesia and allodynia.
--Hyperalgesia is defined as an exaggerated response of pain from a stimuli.
--Allodynia is defined as the perception of pain from a stimuli that should not cause the sensation of pain.
-- Pain can be classified into 3 major types of pain. The causality of pain can generally be grouped into Nocioceptive, Neuropathic or Inflammatory.
--Nocioceptive pain is the “common” pains that are “normal” responses to pain in our muscles, organs, joints, tendons, or bones.
--Neuropathic pain is caused by a lesion or disease to the neurological system of nerves or brain. This type of pain includes the classification of hyperalgesia or allodynia as well as lack of sensation such as numbness, known as parethesias.
--Inflammatory pain is caused by our body’s internal response to nocioceptive pain. Think of this group as any description of disease that ends in “-itis”, such as arthritis.
--The next step in understanding our pain is to classify whether the pain is acute or chronic.
Chronic vs Acute
Acute pain is any pain that lasts less than 3-6 months in nature.
Chronic pain is any pain lasting longer than 3-6 months in nature.
The importance of differentiating the nature of the pain is that it allows for a more appropriate and efficient treatment plan to be implemented. By addressing the specific implications of the different physiological responses to chronic vs acute pain you may be experiencing your recovery may be expedited.
Why is inflammation important to the healing process?
The release of inflammation occurs following an insult or injury to an area. This resulting inflammation is then interpreted to a degree to assess the extent of injury. There are various chemicals released by the body that compromise the “inflammatory response”. These chemicals are then released and enter the blood flow to the affected area to protect our body. We notice this release of chemicals by the redness, warmth or swelling that may occur. This “protective process” may however cause irritation to the nerves in the area that we then perceive as pain.
Can too much of a good thing be bad?
If the inflammatory process is allowed to continue unchecked, the result may become very problematic. The resultant swelling, irritation and pain may not only delay the recovery process but may also cause secondary issues to arise. An example of this would be an injury to the ankle that makes it painful to walk. Due to the pain in the ankle, we alter our gait and place undue stress on the knee and hip by way of unequal contraction of the muscles of the leg and place uneven stress on the hips and low back.
Chronic irritation of a joint with inflammation can cause deterioration of the cartilage in the joint that leads to further damage through destruction of the joint.
How can the laser help acute and chronic pains?
K-Laser works by activating specific cells to become more active. In particular, the cells they most significantly target are the mitochondrial cells, which are considered “the powerhouse cell”. They are dubbed the powerhouse cell because they help with the production of ATP, which is the fuel source needed by our body to repair damaged tissues and increase the health of tissues. This fuel source is vitally important, because without the tissue is “starved” of energy and subsequently breaks itself down to find the energy necessary to carry on.
After the mitochondrial cell is activated and produces increased local energy, the cell then works to expedite the removal of free radicals in the area, which are particles that are inflammatory to the joint and surrounding tissues. If these inflammatory cells are allowed to stay in an area, they continue to produce swelling and pain. By exciting the mitochondrial cells to remove these free inflammatory cells quickly, you reduce the amount of time in a Pro-inflammatory state, which in turn reduces the amount of time you are in discomfort and the amount of secondary damage done to the tissue.
The K-Laser also helps with blood flow in and around a joint or to the specific tissue itself. By increasing the efficiency of blood flow to an area you are able to facilitate improved influx of nutrients and expedited removal of inflammation.