In spite of an increasing reliance upon technology, we don’t always give much thought to how technological advances continually improve our lives in countless ways.
Sure, advanced technologies are able to improve processes in just about any field or industry—everything from construction to retail services to education (and beyond!)—but some of the most impressive advances humans make are found in the field of medicine.
In our efforts to improve how we diagnose, treat, and even prevent health problems and issues, we are dedicated to always finding new, innovative methods that improve upon existing ones.
Fixing Feet Institute is committed to staying on the forefront of medical developments and technologies. A major example of this—and one we are quite proud to offer for you and our other patients—is the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser treatment we can provide for an array of foot and ankle injuries.
Depending on your case, we may recommend the use of this technology to treat the soft tissue injury that is causing pain, discomfort, or impairing your ability to do your favorite activities. If you are experiencing symptoms from sprains, strains, or other conditions that cause inflammation, laser therapy might be what you need.
What is MLS Laser Therapy?
When our doctors recommend this state-of-the-art treatment, you will probably want to know what it is and, perhaps more importantly, if it’s safe and will it fix the problem for you.
The MLS laser is a noninvasive (no surgery!) technique for treating certain strains, sprains, and even general inflammation. Treatment capitalizes on energy produced by concentrated levels of light (lasers) to promote pain relief and soft tissue healing.
During MLS laser treatment sessions, the light energy penetrates deeply into your soft tissue and reaches damaged cells. The energy stimulates natural healing processes by speeding up cellular reproduction and growth.
This advanced treatment option is particularly effective for soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons, all of which are found in great abundance in feet and are frequently affected by sports injuries. The specific light wavelengths produced by the MLS laser initiate strong anti-inflammatory responses by the cells in these tissues, which is essential for reducing swelling and pain.
When our doctors use this advanced therapy for you, they start by outlining the area being treated, and then the laser is applied to the appropriate location in a rhythmic manner. We calibrate the MLS laser precisely to deliver energy in predetermined pulses, wavelengths, therapeutic dosages, and durations.
The continuous laser emissions and precise synchronization continue during your session to provide an effective therapeutic effect by triggering the aforementioned cellular responses. You may not be able to physically see the MLS laser working as it quickly brings your damaged cells up to an optimal condition, but you will feel the result.
There are additional benefits to laser therapy, including improved circulation to the damaged or injured area. This further aids your natural healing processes by supplying the essential nutrients, oxygen, and water to promote cellular recovery and fully nourish the cells. Additionally, you will find that this treatment contributes to reduced frequency and muscles spasms in the area.
What Does MLS Laser Therapy Treat?
This versatile treatment option can be used in several different manners. MLS treatment is certainly used in managing various sources of foot and ankle pain, including pain caused by arthritis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Laser therapy is sometimes used as an integral part of treatment plans to address sports injuries and wounds.
Both chronic and acute conditions can benefit from the use of MLS. Typically, patients with chronic issues tend to experience continued improvement during the course of regular treatment sessions, particularly because the results are cumulative (they build up over time). Conversely, acute conditions are more likely to only require a singular phase of treatment. Of course, our doctors will determine what kind of program they think is the right one, and then discuss your options with you.
MLS Laser Benefits
As if faster healing, reduced pain, and improved blood flow aren’t enough, laser therapy is also proven to be completely safe (it’s approved by the U.S. FDA), quick, and painless. Most patients who undergo a session report having no pain or other sensation during it. The average time of treatment is less than twenty minutes. Whereas some medications for certain medical conditions come with undesired side effects, there are no such known issues with MLS laser therapy.
To recap, some of the top benefits of MLS treatment include:
- Improved vascular activity. The formation of new capillaries is particularly beneficial because this speeds up your healing process, reduces scar tissue, and closes wounds more quickly, thereby reducing your risk of potential infection.
- Increased metabolic activity. Not only do damaged cells receive greater quantities of nutrients, oxygen, and water from the enhanced blood circulation, they are also able to take in and use the nourishment more efficiently.
- Accelerated cellular growth and tissue repair. Cells absorb the photon energy, which results in faster growth and repair for our patients.
- Improved immune function. Laser light stimulates immunoglobulins and lymphocytes, both of which are essential components of your immune system.