Rue & Primavera January 2018

January 2018

New Year, New Goals Why We Are Interested in a Class IV Deep Tissue Laser

W hen Tom and I set new goals at the beginning of the year, they usually have something to do with athletics and physical fitness. One of the loftiest goals I ever set for myself was to run a half-marathon, and let me tell you, that was a challenge. However, I put in the work and trained as hard as I could, and I ended up placing third in my age group. I knew I wanted to push myself, and it felt so great to achieve that goal. And as a bonus, I got in really great shape in the process. This year, I have made it my goal to get back to running and dancing. I haven’t been able to exercise the way I want because of a back injury from a car accident about a year ago. But I’ve given my body plenty of time to rest and I’ve kept up with physical therapy, so my hope is to get strong and get back to enjoying the activities I love. As far as professional goals go, Tom and I have some ideas in mind about how to give our patients access to the best therapy in the area. We were saddened when the community pool

“And the best part is that laser therapy is completely painless and noninvasive!”

closed in the fall and we had to halt our aquatic therapy program. This year, we are dedicated to finding a way to implement aquatic therapy again, and we are exploring different options

that would allow us to do so. We are also looking forward to hiring another physical therapist. With the amount of growth we’ve seen the past year, we know that welcoming another

physical therapist to the team will help us better serve our patients.

One of the most exciting things we anticipate is the addition of a Class IV deep tissue laser therapy machine. This machine was recently approved by the FDA, and it is truly on the cutting edge of physical therapy. Laser therapy is also known as photobiomodulation, and it entails the use of red and infrared light to generate a photochemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue. The laser works by increasing blood supply, and therefore oxygen, to a certain area of the body. The laser stimulates the lymphatic system, pulling edema and inflammation from the afflicted area. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is stimulated in the cells, which gives them more energy to function normally. Class IV deep tissue lasers can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and accelerate recovery in both acute and chronic conditions. And the best part is that laser therapy is completely painless and noninvasive! The number of necessary treatments depends on each person and their specific condition, but some ailments can be resolved with as little as one treatment. This method is endorsed by the American

–Wendy I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s. We will see you soon. Physical Therapy Association, the World Health Organization, and the International Association for the Study of Pain. There are no known side effects, and the results are long-lasting. We are so excited about the potential of getting a Class IV deep tissue laser in our clinic. We know that this tool will help a wider range of patients recover from their ailments in a shorter amount of time. We hope to be able to offer this form of treatment in the near future, so be on the lookout for updates.

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