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What is Physiotherapy?

Combining in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills; we assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of symptoms. Whether illness, injury, or disability, we strive for your independence from pain and discomfort.

With your independence in mind, a physiotherapist's goal is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being. Physiotherapists, who can be considered movement specilists, prescribe personalized therapeutic exercises, and provide essential education about the body, what keeps it from moving well, how to restore mobility and independence, and how to avoid or prevent bodily harm. (Reference: Canadian Physiotherapy Association).

Healing your pain...changing your life.

About K-Laser

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy, or "photobiomodulation", is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970's. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.

Is is a theraputic application of coherent, mnochromatic light and the four widely accepted theraputic benefits are the following:

  • Biostimulation/Tissue Regeneration
  • Reduction of Inflammation
  • Pain reduction, either chronic or acute
  • Antibacterial and antiviral

Bio-"life" stimulation and tissue regeneration are the first effects cited in much of the literature. How many therapies can make such a claim?

Laser therapy adds energy to living systems. While we are able to explain many of its molecular and biochemical effects, it also adds energy at atomic and subatomic levels. When we understand these deeper effects, perhaps we may know much more about ourselves.

Patient Benefits of Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, is non-addictive and virtually free of side effects.

Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?

Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, is non-addictive and virtually free of side effects.

Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy

During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

Laser Therapeutic Effects

During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

K-Laser Advanced Technology

K-Laser is leading the way in pain management, tissue repair, safe treatments, and fast treatment times. We are the premier laser company in the USA to offer:

  • Four-Wavelength Beam that penetrates deep into the tissue
  • Continuous & Modulating Frequencies to Promote Pain Control and Healing.
  • SuperPulse Mode for Deeper Therapeutic Penetration
  • High Power Delivering Larger Doses, Resulting in Shorter Treatment Times.
  • Presets that Result in More Consistent and Safe Treatment Outcomes.

Four Wavelength/Triple Delivery Mode

The K-Laser was the first to employ three infrared wavelengths simultaneously of 800 nm, 905 nm, and 970 nm and combine them with a 660 nm visible beam. These Four Wavelengths are more efficient, healing the tissue while also aiding in pain relief. Combine this with Three Distinct Delivery Modes (Continuous Wave, Frequency Modulated, and Intense SuperPulse), and you have a therapeutic laser solution that offers as much variety as the conditions and patients you treat.

Numerous studies show that Laser Therapy can help with:

Tendinopathies - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Myofascial Trigger Points - Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) - Ligament Sprains - Muscle Strains - Repetitive Stress Injuries - Chondromalacia Patellae - Plantar Fasciitis - Rheumatoid - Arthritis - Osteoarthritis - Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain - Herpes Zoster (Shingles) - Post-Traumatic Injury - Trigeminal Neuralgia - Fibromyalgia - Diabetic Neuropathy - Venous Ulcers - Diabetic Foot Ulcers - Burns - Deep Edema / Congestion - Sports Injuries - Auto & Work Related Injuries


Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

Are there any side effects or associated risks?

During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.

How long does each treatment take?

The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.

How often should a patient be treated?

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.

How many treatments does it take?

You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and even following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Psychlogical Effects of Laser Therapy:

  • Decreased pain levels
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Increased tissue proliferation & regeneration
  • Accelerated soft tissue and bone repair
  • Increased tissue tensile strength
  • Enhanced nerve regeneration & function
  • Increased cell metabolism
  • Increased enzymatic responses
  • Increased cell membrane potentials
  • Increased microcirculation & vasodilation
  • Increased lymphatic flow
  • Increased collagen production
  • Enhanced angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels)

What is the power of most laser therapy devices on the market?

Low laser therapy devices are class III lasers whose powers range from 5 milliwatts to 500 milliwatts. The K-Cube 4 is a high-powered therapy device with power adjustable from 100 milliwatts to 15,000 milliwatts allowing for a wide range of treatment protocols. This power and penetration of the K-Laser system is not attainable with cold laser devices.

Why is Laser Therapy better than some other forms of treatment?

It does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are less side effects or risks, and it is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to or more effective than other forms of physical therapy.

What does it feel like to get a laser therapy treatment?

You really don't feel too much. There may be a slight warming sensation since the laser uses an infrared wavelength. Or you might feel a little tingly sensation - some people think this is due to the increase in cellular energy output, or the increase in cell membrane permeability.

VIDEO - Benefits of K-Laser Therapy

Radial Shockwave Therapy (commonly known as shockwave therapy)

We have recently introduced Extracorporeal shock wave technology also known as shockwave therapy to our clinic. A shockwave is an intense but very short energy wave travelling faster than the speed of sound. This basic technology has been used for decades on millions of people. Therapy sessions are short usually 20-30 minutes long and provide successful relief of chronic pain and restores mobility painlessly. There are no side-effects to this non-invasive kind of treatment. Shockwave therapy works by neovascularization of degenerative tissue whether it is a tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis and provides accelerated recovery of injured soft tissue. Shockwavetherapy helps in tissue regeneration.

For more information about shockwave therapy, please visit Shockwave Canada

Treatable Conditions

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Hamstrings
  • Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Scar tissue treatment
  • Achilles Tendonopathy
  • Jumpers Knee
  • Bursitis

Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation-IMS (Dry Needling)

At North Kamloops Physiotherapy, we specialize in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). This technique helps relieve your chronic pain. By using fine acupuncture-type needles, our physiotherapist can treat tight, shortened, and tensed-up muscle bands, which can contribute to abnormal functioning of the nervous system. If you are suffering from chronic pain and wish to try IMS, please contact us today.

For more information about IMS please go to www.istop.org

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North Kamloops Physiotherapy Clinic, 550 Tranquille Road Kamloops, BC V2B 3H4

Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Our clinic offers treatment of pain and restoring your movement...
Shockwave therapy
Shockwave therapy
We offer shockwave therapy, a healing technique involving short, intense waves of energy.
Dry Needling (IMS)
Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation-IMS (Dry Needling)
We use Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) - also known as Dry Needling to help relieve your chronic pain.