Myofascial trigger points - tendinitis
- strains - sprains
SIMPLE TREATMENT TECHNIQUE
Example shown here is for a THOR Laser
Therapy system with 200mW laser probe and cluster probe.
Having thoroughly palpated and assessed
the area, set the timer to 20 seconds .
Set the Pulse frequency to one of
the four following settings:
2.5 Hz - for acute injuries;
5 KHz - for chronic injuries and non-healing
or infected wounds.
Treat the top of the neck/occiput
atlas for 20 seconds
Then treat the nerve exits at C7 /
T1 for 20 seconds
Then treat the nerve root exit related
to injury for 20 seconds, and continue to treat several
points along the course of the nerve towards the injury
at 20 second intervals.
Treat each tender point for 20 seconds
with the THOR 200mW laser probe. Palpate for any changes
(eg: reduction in pain, change in tissue texture, relaxation
of muscle, etc). If there is no response, then treat the
tender points again. Palpate for any changes and repeat
once more if necessary.
Finally treat the surrounding soft
tissue with the cluster probe for 2 mins per area
Times are approximate and can be varied
according to the dept of the injury / build of the patient.
Be accurate during treatment, gapping
and positioning joints appropriately to gain maximum exposure
of the joint, treating 'around' tendons where possible
and be as thorough as time permits. Use Laser Therapy
as soon as possible after injury, treating daily for acute
conditions and less frequently as resolution occurs. Treat
chronic inflammatory conditions twice weekly and osteo-arthritis
weekly or fortnightly. Treat as many points as necessary
during one session; do not move the probe during each
application. Treat with single, then cluster probe during
There are normally no adverse effects
from Laser Therapy, however, patients occasionally experience
mild discomfort / ache after treatment. This is due to
a restimulation of the inflammatory phase and should settle
down after 24 - 48 hours.