How do lasers decrease inflammation and why is that important?
We’ve all heard that inflammation is bad. It causes this disease, that disease, makes you feel tired and depressed, gives you acne and poor digestion, and makes you age faster. But how and why does it do this? Is there anything that can be done to prevent or even reduce the impact of current inflammation? Thankfully there is, and fortunately Acubalance is dedicated to expanding its repertoire of inflammation reducing ideas and tools.
First let’s take a look at how we become so inflamed. Factors like poor diet (think artificial sugar, high fructose corn syrup, oily fried foods, heavily processed snacks and dairy products, gluten etc…), environmental pollution, stress, lack of sleep, medications and drugs, and environmental chemicals all play a role in slowly adding increased amounts of inflammation in our body. Although our immune system has a brilliant method to combat these toxins, when required to fight day in and day out our body becomes exhausted and our natural defence system is pushed to the edge. Eventually, oxidative stress and cellular inflammation result.
So what’s happening at the cellular level? In a healthy cell, oxygen and other molecules produce a chemical reaction inside the mitochondria of cells. This allows it to produce ATP, the molecular form of energy all cells need in order to function properly. In a state of inflammation, there is an increased amount of nitric oxide which inhibits the production of ATP by inhibiting the binding of oxygen which eventually causes cellular death. When cells don’t have enough energy to heal themselves, function normally, or create new healthy cells, inflammation and oxidative stress results. And when we have inflammation and oxidative stress, premature aging and disease are given an ideal environment to thrive. It can affect every cell and organ in our body, depleting our energy and vitality causing a host of problems such as diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, neurological conditions, insomnia, endocrine disorders, imbalanced hormones, and infertility.
Fortunately, Acubalance offers an exciting array of tools that can help combat inflammation! A combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, lifestyle and dietary advice, key nutritional supplements, stress and emotional management techniques, and now low level laser therapy can significantly reduce the amount of current inflammation in the body, and help the body’s cells better process future inflammation and oxidative stress.
Laser therapy treatment helps reduce pain and inflammation while enhancing tissue healing in soft tissue cells, muscle cells, and even ligaments and bones. It increases oxygenation of tissues and allows injured or damaged cells to absorb photons of light, which speeding up the healing process. Essentially, the light emitted by low level lasers break the ionic bonds of nitric oxide so oxygen can rebind to them and ATP can increase in production. This cellular healing can be helpful for acute injuries such as strains, sprains, repetitive use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, traumatic injuries, and chronic issues such as frozen shoulder and arthritis. Alongside musculoskeletal issues, low level laser therapy also increases blood supply to the follicles improving egg cell health. It has also been shown to reduce “inflammaging”, accelerated aging caused by low grade systemic inflammation.
Your body’s intracellular environment is crucial for treating, controlling, and preventing disease. Curious to see what your individualized treatment plan for maintaining good health and controlling rampant inflammation could look like? Feel free to give us a call at 604-678-8600 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation.