Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases
The diagnosis of an autoimmune disease is undoubtedly a life-changing one. But it is also a confusing one that can leave people with more questions rather than answers. Autoimmunity occurs when the body mistakes the its own cells for dangerous, foreign cells causing a hyperactive immune system. It can lead to a variety of uncomfortable, painful, and even life threatening symptoms. Since modern medicine has difficulty pinpointing the true cause of autoimmune disease, finding cures and even treating the vast array of seemingly random symptoms ranges proves difficult.
Two of the most common symptoms of autoimmune disease that present in the body is pain and inflammation. To combat these symptoms, Western medicine typically prescribes steroids (prednisone) and painkillers (NSAIDS or even opioids) with problematic and sometimes severe side effects. With no cure for most autoimmune diseases in sight, moderating symptoms and preserving quality of life can be a challenge. However, current research and advances in LLLT (low level laser therapy) and photobiomodulation can provide some hopeful relief.
Photobiomodulation is a process of utilizing red and infrared photons to stimulate the body’s own healing process through an increase of mitochondrial ATP production. More ATP produced in your body’s cells means more energy for inflamed and disease tissues to heal themselves and generate new, healthy cells.
An increase of cellular energy catalyzes a cascade of bodily effects such as angiogenesis and neovascularization (an increase of oxygenated blood to the injured tissue to accelerate tissue healing), collagen production (to reduce internal scar formation and enhance tissue elasticity), muscle regeneration (repair of damaged and atrophied muscles by activating myogenic satellite cells), reducing inflammation and edema, promoting nerve regeneration, increasing cartilage production (for improved joint function), and stimulating bone formation (for remodeling bone extracellular matrix and accelerating bone repair).
Low level laser therapy is an incredibly effective, pain-free, non-invasive, and side effect free treatment option for those suffering from autoimmune diseases. It speeds up the healing process to allow your body to naturally fight pain and inflammation. To find out more, give Acubalance a call at 604-678-8600 to book a free 15 minute phone consultation to see how laser therapy and photobiomodulation can reduce your specific autoimmune symptoms.