Shiu Chiropractic Kinesiology
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Erchonia Cold Laser Therapy

Erchonia Cold Laser TherapyDr Shiu offers cutting-edge healing technology with the Erchonia PL 5000, a low-level, non-invasive laser that speeds recovery, reduces pain and accelerates bone and wound healing. The first of its kind to be approved by the FDA, the PL 5000 has a proven track record for healing, recovery and performance, having been used by Jeff Spencer, Sports Chiropractor for Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Team (now Team Discovery) throughout all seven of their Tour de France victories. A completely painless therapy, the low energy laser is applied to the affected body part, which may be sore or stiff. The laser is frequently used to treat burn victims, in which cases it assists with tissue healing and pain management.

PL 5000 is a Low Frequency Cold Laser. A treatment whereby a cold laser is utilized to treat chronic and acute pain. Cold laser therapy is used for persons suffering from back and neck pain, musculoskeletal pain, joint pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, busitis, neuropathy, achilles tendon pain, migraine headaces, sprains and strains, carpal tunnel and other associated pains. Cold laser therapy also treats conditions such as TMJ, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and other inflammatory and scarring conditions.

Laser Focus
When learning about laser technology, there are some basic concepts that should be understood. A laser is a focused beam of light that emits photon energy. When the light is focused properly, all of the photons are traveling in the same direction and at the same wavelength; this is also known as coherent light. When light is not focused, it scatters in all directions and becomes diffused. This is called non-coherent light.

Low Level Lasers
Low Level Lasers are different than more publicized heat lasers that are used in many surgical procedures to cut, and cauterized tissue. Low Level Lasers do not have a thermal effect and are used to stimulate, rather than destroy tissue. These types of lasers have been in use for over 25 years and there has yet to be one recorded side-effect. Low Level Laser studies have been done and have proven to be effective in many cases, but it was Erchonia laser that made history by becoming the first low-level laser in the world to gain FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic neck and shoulder pain. This was proven through two double-blind studies to prove the efficacy of the Erchonia laser on chronic pain.

How Does It Work?
Erchonia lasers emit visible coherent light that is applied to affected area. Bundles of light energy pass through the dermal layers, and are received within the cell membrane by specific energy photo acceptors. The increase in intra-cellular energy results in altered cell membrane permeability and physiological changes occur through an enzyme cascade to affect several biological processes. Within the injured musculoskeletal tissue, low-level laser light initiates increased microcirculation and enhanced tissue regeneration. The overall effects are decreased pain and inflammation including increased range of motion.

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