At Vantage Integrative Health + Wellness, located in Chestermere, we offer Summus Platinum Medical Laser, which is a form of class IV laser therapy. This type of therapy utilizes a non-invasive laser that delivers specific red and near infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body. This painless laser energy treatment promotes increased circulation by drawing water, nutrients and oxygen to affected areas. This can help create an optimal healing environment by reducing:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
This type of laser treatment interacts with tissues at a cellular level, causing increased metabolic activity within the cell that stimulates the transporting of nutrients across the cell membrane. This increases the production of cellular energy (ATP). This leads to a wide range of beneficial events happening within your body, promoting an accelerated healing process with decreased swelling, reduction of pain and enhanced tissue repair and growth. Once the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved. It is recommended to be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment (chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture and even following surgery). Some conditions that can be treated using Summus Platinum Medical Laser include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Myofascial trigger points
Lower back pain
Repetitive stress injuries
Shoulder, back and knee pain
Herpes zoster (shingles)
Post traumatic injury
Auto and work-related injuries
How Often Should a Patient Be Treated?
Acute conditions can be treated daily, especially if the condition is accompanied by significant pain. Chronic problems are usually treated 2-3 times per week.
What Does Treatment Feel Like?
There can be a minor sensation during treatment. Sometimes a patient may feel a mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas where you are experiencing pain or inflammation may be slightly sensitive briefly before the pain recedes.
Are There Side Effects or Associated Risks?
This type of treatment has been used for over 20 years by healthcare providers and chiropractors all over the world. During that time, very few side effects have been reported. On rare occasions, an old injury or pain syndrome may feel aggravated for a couple days, as the healing response is more active following a treatment.
How Long Does a Treatment Take?
Treatments typically take 3-10 minutes, depending on the size of the area that is being treated.
Has Effectiveness Been Demonstrated Scientifically?
Yes. There are thousands of published studies that demonstrate the clinical effectiveness of Low-Level Laser Therapy. Of these, there are over 100 rigorously controlled, scientific studies that show the effectiveness of Low-Level Laser Therapy for a number of clinical conditions.
Does it hurt?
It produces little or no sensation. Nevertheless, it can feel mild, soothing warmth or tingling.
Also, areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
What are the side effects?
Very few side effects have been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days as healing response is more active after treatment.
How often should you get Summus Platinum Medical Laser?
Acute conditions may be treated daily. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 – 3 times a week tapering once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How many sessions does it take?
It depends on the nature of the condition.
Acute: 4-6 treatments.
Chronic nature: may require 6-12 (or more).
Conditions such as arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before results are felt?
You may start to feel improvement (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment.
Sometimes, you may not feel improvement for a number of treatments, however each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.