Cold Laser Therapy
At SHIN Wellness in Miami Florida, we offer Laser Therapy which is low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates healing while using low levels of light.The technique is called “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light aren’t enough to heat your body’s tissue. The level of light is low when compared to other forms of laser therapy, such as those used to destroy tumors and coagulate tissue.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has demonstrated the ability to significantly accelerate and enhance the body’s natural defense and repair mechanisms in the presence of injury, sports and workout injuries, inflammation and with certain disease processes.
LLLT is consistent in providing pain relief, reducing injury damage, loss of function and in facilitating a more rapid repair of damaged tissues creating stronger healed tissue structures.
It does this through the action of photo-stimulation of specific wavelengths affecting the light reactive biological cell receptors (chromophores) in the body.
This modifies the effects of injured tissue and reduces the overall duration of inflammation while enhancing your body’s specific repair and healing mechanisms. This, in turn, reduces pain, spams and increases a natural range of motion and flexibility of the injured area(s).
Multiple Clinical Studies Have Noted The Following Results of LLLT:
- Increased collagen production
- Increased vasodilation
- Increased cell metabolism
- Increased cell membrane potential
- Increased microcirculation
- Increased lymphatic response
- Enhanced nerve regeneration
- Reduced inflammatory duration
- Increased pain threshold
- Reduced edema magnitude
- Increased tissue and bone repair
- Increased enzyme response
The Depth of Tissue Penetration
Some 30+ years of scientific study and clinical research has provided us with detailed information on the reaction of biologic organelles (cell structures) to laser light. It has also shown us which wavelengths penetrate most deeply and what energy levels affect biological processes in the most desirable manner. We need to fully understand the relationship between the depth (from the skin surface) of the target tissue and the ability of the therapeutic laser light to reach that tissue.
The light from the laser distributes in the tissue in the shape of a ball or an egg. This is dependent on the wavelength of the light. Short wavelengths give a smaller and fairly round ball-shaped distribution, while longer wavelengths give a more egg-shaped distribution. The shorter 632 nm visible red wavelength is more readily absorbed by blood and skin surface components, thereby limiting its tissue penetration.
The longer 830nm invisible infrared wavelength is not as readily absorbed therefore it has a significantly greater depth of penetration. A greater amount of photons are delivered to the target tissue with the 830nm wavelength.
There is now ample clinical evidence that in contrast to other wavelengths, the 830 nm laser light produces specific beneficial biological reactions that are not produced by other wavelengths. This unique ability to stimulate greater response is the key to 830nm laser therapy.
What Makes The Difference In Successful Treatment with LLLT?
The answer to this question is essentially one of penetration and delivered energy. In the treatment of soft and connective tissue injuries and disorders, the goal is to deliver the most effective laser wavelength to the target tissue.
Success Is In The Photon
One of the major contributors to the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy is the exchange of energy from light photons to the biological receptor.
In order to achieve any therapeutically significant response, there have to be sufficient photons delivered to the target tissue.
The availability of photons for stimulation is a function of both the appropriate wavelength and device power output.
These two factors determine the number of photons reaching the desired location.
In treating conditions of greater than 1 cm in depth from the skin surface, the combination of the 830nm wavelength with a 30mW output produces the optimum photon beam.
Devices using other wavelengths and the very low 5-10 mW output lack the capability to supply adequate photon energy to deep tissue conditions.
Stimulates Increased ATP Production
Laser therapy has been used by leading scientists and clinicians around the world for over 20 years. In Japan, where laser therapy is considered a preferred medical practice, Dr. Noriko Mochizuki et al published a clinical study on the effect of laser therapy and ATP production.
In that study, the scientists found that tissue levels of ATP were significantly increased when the target area was irradiated with 830nm wavelength laser light. The study further stated that this beneficial increase in ATP production was not the result of temperature modification, but rather a direct response to the effect of laser light photons.
This study also showed that while 830 nm wavelength laser light stimulated ATP increases, laser light at 632nm had no stimulatory effect on ATP production.
This study along with a host of other clinical reports confirm the singular ability of the 830nm laser wavelength to stimulate cellular responses that result in accelerated metabolism and repair.
Since ATP functions as the primary fuel for cellular activity, stimulated increases of this energy source greatly enhances cellular ability to perform and complete biological processes.
Cold Laser Results in Increased Endorphins
Clinical studies done by Dr. Laakso et al from Royal Brisbane Hospital in Australia have confirmed that significant increases in plasma levels of endorphins resulted from 830nm laser irradiation. This same study showed that low dose diation do not result in significant increases in endorphin levels.
It is also important to note that this study confirmed that the 30mW power output provides better results than the low power, 5-10 mW units in endorphin stimulation.
The ability of the 830nm wavelength to stimulate the production of pain reducing plasma endorphin levels, while other wavelengths did not, is important when clinicians are treating painful conditions.
Meet Dr. Wendy Gallego
Founder of Shin Wellness and an accomplished Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Wendy Gallego uses her knowledge of neurology and biomechanics, as well as a gentle, soothing touch to help her patients achieve the wellness and improved quality of life they are seeking.
Dr. Gallego’s skills, strengths, patience and empathy as a doctor have been developed and enhanced through a myriad of experiences in her field. Since her position as a staff physician and clinic director at Kentuckiana Children’s Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Gallego embraces an interest in and passion for working with special needs patients, particularly children with autism.
She currently has a family practice in which she treats men, women, and children of all ages, however, the impact of her devotion to those exceptional patients remains a large part of her work today.
Dr. Gallego focuses on more than merely the physical issues; she invests the time to learn about other aspects of her patients’ lives. Her treatment of a problem in the body does not end with a simple medical procedure. She subscribes to a basic belief that without a healthy body, there cannot be a healthy mind. Physical and mental wellness, are not and cannot be separate. One without the other will not take you to the place you need to be, explains Dr. Gallego. With this philosophy in mind, Dr. Gallego founded Shin, a multi-disciplinary wellness center, so that she could ensure her patients received the necessary care to achieve the quality of life they deserved.
Dr. Gallego is confident, thorough and methodical in this unique approach to treatment. She brings back an often forgotten ideal of what a doctor should be. Trust is developed between doctor and patient, as Dr. Gallego is not just knowledgeable and experienced, but caring and compassionate.
Dr. Wendy Gallego is currently pursuing Diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, and is now board eligible.
Some Of Our Testimonials
If there were ten stars to grant, Shin Wellness would easily qualify. This small group of professionals
goes out of their way to look after patients as if they were family. I had two car accidents which left
me with various bulging and herniated discs and in constant pain. I have been forced to become
open minded with regards to treatment and have tried everything from weekly acupuncture (at other
offices), Chinese gua sha, botox for migraines and a myriad of specialists to include various
neurologists and pain management practitioners. I have been prescribed way more medications than
I can recall. I have also been to many great chiropractors throughout the years but Dr. Gallego has
BY FAR been the most effective in treating my pain!! Dr. Gallego and her team have made all the
difference with their precise and persistent approach. I am not a big fan of divulging what I consider
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in constant pain. This place is a gem. I am very grateful to have found them. Kristi G.
I have been going to Shin for over a year now. Prior to that I never had chiropractic services before
but I hope I never have to go to anyone else. The office staff is so kind and friendly. Dr Gallego has
changed my life, truly. I came to her in so much pain I was lying on the floor by midday almost in
tears. She and Chad have helped me get back to great physical health and balance. I am so
grateful they were recommended to me! Jennifer P.
Best chiropractic and Accupuncture in Miami hands down period. I am a regular. Most competent
and compassionate doctors, incredibly zen comfort vibe…just the best! Mariam K.