Pain

by David Rindge 2-1-11.  All rights reserved.

Pain is the #1 reason people visit doctors, and treating it rapidly, effectively, and affordably has been our highest priority since we opened in 1999.   Our goal is to eliminate or at least reduce your baseline pain by half in 11 visits or less.  Most of our patients have reported immediate relief and functional improvement at the first visit.  See Patient Testimonials.

Laser and PEMF can reach and heal deep pain at its source.Neural Targets of the Head and Neck

Laser and pulsed electromagnetic field therapies may be ideal treatments for pain because:

  1. They stimulate cellular and tissue healing. 
  2. Most sources of pain as well as the nerves critical for its perception are well within reach of their tissue healing, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
  3. Efficacy, affordability and track record for safety.

Laser therapy can penetrate five centimeters to effectively reach the source of almost any pain in soft tissue, vertebrae and joints.  Besides its properties to stimulate tissue regeneration, laser therapy can also block neural transmission by C fibers (dull, difficult to locate pain) and A delta fibers (sharp, easy to pinpoint pain).  Laser therapy may provide immediate relief even for many individuals whose pain has seemed unremitting and intractable.

Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) which pass though tissue as if it were transparent can penetrate the whole body, inducing electrical currents and stimulating healing anywhere they are applied.  PEMF has been shown to reduce inflammation and stimulate tissue repair in a broad range of conditions with beneficial effects documented at cellular, tissue, system and whole body levels.  An added advantage is that treatment can be unattended so highly cost-effective for patients.  Combined treatment with laser and PEMF may give better results than either method on its own.  Even chronic pain which has not responded to other methods may be rapidly alleviated by laser and PEMF.

The Nature of Pain

Pain is information.   If you are experiencing it, there is always a reason.  It’s why we withdraw instinctively at the touch of  a hot stove.  Likewise, with joint and soft tissue injuries, it is wise to honor one’s inner voice to avoid whatever is painful.

Much current standard practice for “managing” pain goes against what our bodies are telling us.  Incorrect treatment can cause or worsen soft tissue injury.   Aggressively stretching and manipulating tendons, ligaments and muscles already pushed beyond their limits  – and then dismissing the failure of this approach as somehow the fault of the patient or an inherent problem within our brain and central nervous system is simply a poor excuse for treatment which is incorrect.

Soft tissue can fracture as surely as bone.   Although it does not show up on x-ray, it still takes time and rest to heal it.   It is unfortunate that most standard practice has yet to recognize this.  Would anyone treat a broken ankle by forcefully bending and twisting it?  Of course not.  Applying strong physical force to soft tissue injuries is a recipe for chronic pain.

Our Approach

Rest and energy-based methods allow and support tissue healing.  David Rindge and the Center for Cooperative Medicine specialize low intensity laserslaser needle acupuncturelight emitting diodes and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, and we strive for optimal outcomes and best practices.   We follow the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) guidelines for laser therapy, modifying our treatment based upon your response.  We may also combine these energy-based methods with conventional acupuncture.  Our goal is the most favorable outcome in the shortest period of time.

Clinic Director, David Rindge, has been practicing with energy-based treatments since 1999, is co-author of Laser Therapy: A Clinical Manual  and has been training health care professionals in the theory and clinical application of laser, led and pulsed electromagnetic field therapies since 2002 through Healing Light Seminars.

Laser Therapy Research

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Research

Chronic pain and disability can be prevented.

Acute pain which is not correctly treated frequently becomes chronic.  Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability.  With appropriate intervention with laser and pulsed electromagnetic field therapies at the outset, much disability, chronic pain and medical cost can be avoided.

We spent $2.6 trillion on health care in the U.S. in 2010 with three out of every four dollars ($1.95 trillion), going to “manage” chronic inflammatory conditions.  If lasers and pemf are cost-effective methods which can prevent and even reverse chronic painful conditions, now is the time to make them widely available.  To learn more visit, The Promise of Energy-Based Therapies in Pain.

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