Last year, the CBC announced in an article that one in five Canadians suffers from chronic pain. That is an astounding and disturbing number! In the article, Dr. Mary Lynch states that pain that persists long after normal healing should have occurred (three to six months) can be considered chronic and that the best person to diagnose this is the patient themselves.
Pain medications are often effective to manage pain but have their dangers in addiction and dependency. “Opioid medications present some risk… A structured review of 67 studies found that 3 percent of chronic noncancer pain patients regularly taking opioids developed opioid abuse or addiction, while 12 percent developed aberrant drug-related behavior”. (Fishbain et al., 2008)
New technology in laser treatments for pain management intrigues me. As the owner of About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic and the gold standard Fotona SP Dynamis laser, I wondered how successful could we be in helping those suffering with chronic pain? I began to seek out information and clients who would be willing to take part in my informal study and then started to perform treatments on them using the settings provided to me by Fotona.
I was amazed, as were the clients who took part in my experiment! I have had 100% success in reducing or eliminating pain from my clients for 3 days to three weeks! One client had not been able to climb stairs without struggle or even walk without visible difficulty reported that she felt better immediately after treatment to her knee and that her husband noticed her improved gait right away! Another client, with a long term injury to the hamstrings, also felt immediate improvements and with continued treatments has found relief from the pain which had prevented her from being as active as she usually would be. Finally, one more client who is worth a special mention and who suffers from fibromyalgia had one treatment with the laser to alleviate her terrible back pain and found a drastic improvement. I have been so very encouraged by the results and so happy for those who we are able to help with our treatments! Sadly, I cannot say that we have found the cure for chronic pain. However, we have the superior technology to help!
Not all lasers are created equal! The Fotona SP Dynamis laser has special settings that allow for the technician to apply heat deep into the skin and muscle tissues and right down to the bones and the connective tissues that surround them, leaving the surface of the skin much cooler than the deeper layers. This heat helps to loosen up the tissues that it is targeting, thereby allowing lymphatic fluid to flow more easily and detoxify the area. This reduces swelling which can cause tension and pain in any area. The heat also helps to stimulate the creation of connective tissues, helping to strengthen the area in question.
Having laser therapy for pain in conjunction with massage therapy or other compatible therapies is an effective and healthy alternative to increased pain medication. Clients have been able to reduce or eliminate the need for pain meds which has obvious benefits. I also encourage my clients to participate in gentle restorative exercises as they feel they are able. Exercise helps to build muscle and can reduce tension and stress.
If you, or any one you know, wish to learn more about pain management at About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic, please call us at 519-542-0079 to book your free consultation.
Always seeking the best for our clients, Carolyn Vandersluis
owner and operator