Rehab Management recently interviewed Douglas Johnson, LAT, EES, CLS, ATC, Senior Vice President, Clinical and Scientific Affairs, Multi Radiance Medical
Rehab Management: What makes clinicians interested in investing in therapeutic laser?
Douglas Johnson: Laser has been shown to provide fast pain relief, improved mobility, reduced inflammation, and to accelerate the healing process. It serves as an adjunctive as well as a mono therapy. It can also help reduce swelling and edema, and, when combined with heat and cold therapy and other modalities, speeds up the progression to therapeutic exercise.
RM: Can laser be as effective as other modalities?
Johnson: Yes. Laser accelerates the body’s natural healing processes by stimulating ATP production, initiating protein synthesis, and releasing growth factor. Super Pulsed Laser Therapy by Multi Radiance Medical is designed to be safe and drug free, and applied quickly and easily.
RM: How does Super Pulsed Laser Therapy improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction?
Johnson: Super Pulsing produces high peak power, leading to high energy densities (more photons delivered) without thermal buildup in cells and tissues.1 Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is not a thermal modality. Heat minimizes transformation of photons into photochemical energy, and diminishes phototherapeutic effects. This method of laser delivery speeds up the transformation of photons into biochemical energy and produces greatest active depth of penetration of cold lasers.2
RM: What makes Multi Radiance lasers effective?
Johnson: Super Pulsed Laser Therapy has high photon density with low thermal impact to tissue. The magnetic field optimizes absorption by synchronizing Super Pulsed Laser, infrared, and red light (660 nm, 875 nm, and 905 nm) producing a Cascade Effect. This covers the entire therapeutic spectrum for depth of penetration (5 inches/13 cm) and optimal tissue saturation.
Also, LaserStim is designed to quickly find treatment targets and automatically dose them. LaserSweep minimizes cellular adaptation by varying pulse repetition rate. It can provide both stimulatory and inhibitory treatments in a single session (5-1,000 Hz). And, because more light is absorbed without heat buildup, there is tissue relaxation between each impulse. There is also improved management of inflammatory conditions at low frequencies and better management of pain, spasm, and stiffness at high frequencies.3 Finally, controlling the frequencies improves control of the dose rate, all of which lead to better outcomes.
RM: Why invest in MR4 Super Pulsed Lasers?
Johnson: LaserStim with TARGET and DOSE is an emitter cleared by the FDA to provide multi-radiant light and electrical stimulation in one treatment. It also allows potential insurance reimbursement. TARGET helps clinicians quickly locate areas needing treatment and automatically provides the appropriate dose of both light and electrical stimulation.
- Hashmi JT, Huang YY, Sharma SK, et al. Effect of pulsing in low-level light therapy. Lasers Surg Med. 2010;42(6):450-466.
- Enwemeka CS. Attenuation and penetration of visible 632.8 nm and invisible infra-red 904 nm light in soft tissues. Laser Ther. 2001;13:95-101.
- Huang YY, Chen AC, Carroll JD, Hamblin MR. Biphasic dose response in low level light therapy. Dose Response. 2009;7(4):358-83.