I first learned about Bioflex laser therapy at a fertility conference I attended in Vancouver. Often these professional conferences have vendor booths, and this one was no exception. A colleague put her name into a draw at the Bioflex booth for two admissions for a training in Vancouver—and she won! I was lucky and she offered her second admission ticket to me.
While this was kind of out of the blue, I was interested in learning about laser therapy but had also been a little skeptical. However, after attending the course and having a few of my sports injuries treated with laser therapy, I was all in. Okay, I admit it was more than a few injuries, but as an active Vancouver resident, injuries come with the territory. Bioflex laser therapy helped me recover from a shoulder injury that occurred at a hockey tournament in Whistler, a knee injury from skiing at Cypress, and an ankle injury hiking one of the trails around Vancouver. After experiencing the benefits of laser therapy personally, I knew I wanted to offer it to my patients.
Here are some things to know about laser therapy in general and about Bioflex lasers specifically:
- There are a number of different kinds of lasers, but the kind that I use in the clinic is called cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy (LLLT). More recently, experts and practitioners have been calling it photobiomodulation, which more accurately describes what it does and how it works. It’s the therapeutic use of low-level lasers and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which are unique to the Bioflex system, to create chemical reactions in your cells. These reactions help ramp up cellular metabolism to promote healing from damage and inflammation.
- The lasers used in cold laser therapy are Class 3b lasers that use light to penetrate deeply into your tissues without creating heat. Class 4 lasers are stronger, generate heat and often work by burning tissue.
- What are the benefits of cold laser therapy—or photobiomodulation? First of all, it’s effective. It can be used on a variety of conditions, and in fact, it can be used for many kinds of health issues or injuries. It can be used on soft tissue, muscle, bones, ligaments and tendons. After much research, scientists have been unable to uncover any side effects of cold laser therapy. And it works because it targets where the problem is—at the cellular level.
- Why did I choose the Bioflex laser system? Simple. It’s the only laser therapy that combines Class 3b lasers with a large surface of bicolor LED’s. That may sound like a mouthful, but simply put, Bioflex combines cold laser therapy with red and near-infrared light to penetrate deeper into injured tissues while providing pain relief at the same time. In addition, this combination of light therapies affects not only your tissues, but also blood circulating through the injured area, which translates into both powerful direct and systemic healing effects.
- As a practitioner, Bioflex has provided me with clinically developed protocols, but the system also allows me to customize my treatments for each patient and their situation. This therapy can be used daily for patients who have acute conditions, such as a herniated disc, trauma, acute injuries and even skin conditions, without the worry of side effects. The Bioflex laser is flexible and adaptable to any part of your body, and it can be used hands-free. These are all benefits that allow me to serve my patients better.
My bottom line is that I am always looking for new ways to help my patients, and I am a big fan of combining older traditions with new technology—each has something important to offer. In the case of Bioflex laser therapy, it’s a treatment option that’s effective for an astounding number of conditions, without side effects. If you’d like to know more about laser therapy, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Jeda Boughton is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Registered Acupuncturist in Vancouver. She is also a Registered Herbologist and the founder of BodaHealth.