Taster session offer on Saturday 28 September

Massage therapy taster session for £30 in Hampton this Saturday 28 September!

Pain relief by low level laser therapy, facial massage and full body massage in our Hampton clinic, a few steps from Hampton train station. Only £35-60 for a treatment. Please message us or call 07445 415529.

Special June discount

We are now offering a great discount for our new clients.

For a limited period of time you can try our low level laser therapy treatment for only £30. This is a 30-minute “taster” session.

We are offering our services at Nature’s Medicine Clinic, 8 Station Approach, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 2HY.

Please send your enquiry or booking request by email or on Facebook. Alternatively, please call or text us on 07445 415529. Thank you.


Just another review…

A new patient has just posted a review on our Facebook page:

I was treated here yesterday.
I came all the way from NW London
At had excellent treatment.
And already have noticed a improvement.
Which I didn’t expect to till at least half a dozen treatments.

This speaks for itself.

We have a really rewarding job. Happy days!

£10 off Pain relief & wound management

£10 off Pain relief & wound management

Soft Laser Therapy (or Photobiomodulation Therapy which is the best technical term) is a laser or LED light therapy that improves tissue repair (skin wounds, muscle, tendon, bone, nerves), reduces inflammation and reduces pain wherever the beam is applied. Usually applied by a doctor or therapist, treatments typically take 45-60 minutes and should be applied two or three times a week for a few week, depending on individual health conditions.
We now offer a £10 discount for your first and second appointment. Please mention this offer to your Therapist.

Who was the first person to use laser therapy?

His name is Dr. Fred Kahn. He graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto.

He became a general surgeon and ultimately chief surgeon at a huge mining operation in northern Ontario. He went to Massachusetts General Hospital to study vascular surgery, then to Texas to study at Baylor with one of the finest surgeons in the world, Denton Cooley, who performed one of the first heart transplants. In California he practised vascular and general surgery, operating on abdominal aneurysms, doing bypass procedures and clearing clogged carotid arteries. He was a consulting surgeon to the U.S. military. As lead physician he went on to establish a 250-bed hospital, becoming chief of staff and then chair of the department of surgery.

What happened to him, why did he change his carrier?

In 1986, Dr. Kahn, an avid skier, had damaged his shoulder and it became a chronic problem. He had skied the great mountains, and got a serious rotator cuff injury. For 2 years it had been difficult for him to do any physical activity. Steroid injections didn’t help. Traditional medical options all pointed to the necessity of surgical intervention. Dr. Kahn, however, determined surgery would add an additional trauma and inhibit the healing process. This led him to focus his interest and energy on the healing potential of Low Level Laser Therapy. Starting in 1988, he pioneered the development and clinical application of laser therapy systems, which continues to this day.

Dr. Kahn founded Meditech International in 1989 and has an active role as President and CEO of the company. Meditech International is a company dedicated to utilizing low intensity laser therapy to resolve many standard, complex and challenging diseases.[3] As a result of this therapeutic process, many pathologies are effectively resolved, eliminating pain and other symptoms. The company has developed a series of laser therapy systems as a clinically proven, non-invasive and safe alternative to many traditional therapies. Moreover, the technology consistently produces optimal patient outcomes.

Products are designed for both healthcare professionals and patients at home or while travelling. In addition, Meditech International operates two clinics in the Greater Toronto Area to treat patients with an extensive number of clinical problems on a daily basis. The company sells its professional devices to many practitioners, including chiropractors, physicians, physiotherapists, naturopaths, osteopaths, RMTs, dentists and veterinarians. Personal systems are sold to a growing number of patients who are unable to obtain professional care on a regular basis.

Dr. Kahn leads a team consisting of basic researchers, clinicians, and a variety of engineering disciplines to design and manufacture devices and develop both standard and customized protocols to treat musculoskeletal disorders, including arthritis, sports injuries, spinal problems, trauma, wounds, vascular problems, etc.

He has worked with clinicians and engineers to develop standard protocols to treat musculoskeletal disorders including arthritis,[4][5][6][7] herniated disc,[8] wounds,[9] TMJ,[10]shoulder tendinopathies,[11] elbow tendinopathies,[12] neck pain[13] and back pain.[14]. The technology is highly effective in many instances where conventional therapies do not provide resolution of the existing disease process and the accompanying symptom complex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b “Fred Kahn, Physician” Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  2. ^ Jump up to:a b McNeill, Sean.“My Health. My Body. My Voice.” Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  3. Jump up^ “BioFlex | Home”. www.bioflexlaser.com. Retrieved 2018-06-12.

  4. Jump up^ Gur, A; Cosut, A; Sarac, A; Cevik, R; Nas, J; Uyar, A (2003). “Efficacy of different therapy regimes of low-power laser in painful osteoarthritis of the knee: a double-blind and randomized-controlled trial”. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (33): 330–338. doi:10.1002/lsm.10236.

  5. Jump up^ Bjordal, J; Johnson, M; Lopes-Martins, R; Bogen, B; Chow, R; Ljunggren, A (2007). “Short-term efficacy of physical interventions in osteoarthritic knee pain. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials”. TBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (8): 51. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-8-51.

  6. Jump up^ Soleimanpour, H.; Gahramani, K.; Taheri, R.; Golzari, S.; Safari, S.; Esfanjani, R. & Iranpour, A. (2014). “The effect of low-level laser therapy on knee osteoarthritis: Prospective, descriptive study”. Lasers in Medical Science. 29 (5): 1695–1700. doi:10.1007/s10103-014-1576-6. PMID 24733283.

  7. Jump up^ Brosseau, L.; Welch, V.; Wells, G.; Tugwell, P.; de Bie, R.; Gam, A.; Morin, M. (2000). “Low level laser therapy for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: a meta-analysis”. The Journal of Rheumatology. 27 (8): 1961–1969. PMID 10955339.

  8. Jump up^ Chen, Y.-J., Wang, Y.-H., Wang, C.-Z., Ho, M.-L., Kuo, P.-L., Huang, M.-H., & Chen, C.-H. (2014). “Effect of low level laser therapy on chronic compression of the dorsal root ganglion.”. PLoS ONE, 9(3). Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  9. Jump up^ Medrado, A. R. A. P., Pugliese, L. S., Reis, S. R. A., & Andrade, Z. A. (2003). “Influence of low level laser therapy on wound healing and its biological action upon myofibroblasts.”. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 32(3), 239–244. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  10. Jump up^ Chang, W.-D., Lee, C.-L., Lin, H.-Y., Hsu, Y.-C., Wang, C.-J., & Lai, P.-T. (2014). “A Meta-analysis of Clinical Effects of Low-level Laser Therapy on Temporomandibular Joint Pain.”. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 26(8), 1297–1300. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  11. Jump up^ Haslerud, S, Magnussen, LH, Joensen, J, Lopes-Martins, RAB, and Bjordal, JM (2015). “The efficacy of low-level laser therapy for shoulder tendinopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.”. Physiother. Res. Int., 20, 108–125. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  12. Jump up^ Stasinopoulos, D. I., & Johnson, M. I. (2005). “Effectiveness of low-level laser therapy for lateral elbow tendinopathy.”. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 23(4), 425–430. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

  13. Jump up^ Chow, R. T., Johnson, M. I., Lopes-Martins, R. A. B., & Bjordal, J. M. (2009). “Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials.”. Lancet, 374(9705), 1897–1908. Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

Jump up^ Yousefi-Nooraie, R., Schonstein, E., Heidari, K., Rashidian, A., Pennick, V., Akbari-Kamrani, M., Jonaidi, A. (2008). “Low level laser therapy for nonspecific low-back pain.”.The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2). Retrieved on 10 December 2015.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint in the jaw.

TMJ disorder is a painful condition.

Many people describe swelling (caused by inflammation) on the side of the face as an audible popping and clicking sound when yawning or chewing and closing the mouth even if they can’t close their mouth.

Sometimes the cause is overwork or if you’re under the stress and you grind and clench the teeth.

What the dentist recommend is soft food, not to open your mouth too wide or to wear a mouth guard at night. With these the problem usually settles down.

But sometimes it just gets worse and there is nothing to do with these pieces of advice. Why?

A flat neck can cause TMJ disorder too.

TMJ patients suffer from jaw misalignment pain. Misalignment means the cervital vertebra or the skull isn’t in the right position.

A normal neck has a gentle curve to it and keep the head in the middle.

Nowadays many people sit all day, which has changed spine position and the neck is getting flat. The change of the neck position has changed the head and joint position too and more symptoms arise, like head and ear ache and also neck pain.

Soft laser therapy can reduce inflammation and stop the pain. It can find the trigger point on the neck, make the muscle relax and take the pressure off the TMJ and help the neck move back to the right position. Patients can stop being on a soft diet and they can quickly get back their normal life.

Piriformis Syndrome

Several people think they have a lumbar spine problem or nerve problem on their leg. Maybe not. Sometimes the problem is lower down and deeper but the symptoms are very similar to these.

Symptoms of piriformis syndrome include tenderness and pain in the buttock area, accompanied by sciatica – like pain, numbness and weakness that runs down the back of the thigh, calf, and foot.

Pain from piriformis syndrome is often worse when walking up stairs, after sitting or while walking or running.

What is that muscle and where is it?

The piriformis is a small muscle located deep in the buttock, behind the gluteus maximus. It runs diagonally from the lower spine to the upper surface of the femur, with the sciatic nerve running underneath or through the muscle.

The piriformis muscle helps the hip rotate, turning the leg and foot outward. As a result of overuse, injury, or strain, the piriformis muscle can tighten, swell, or spasm. Sports that involve repetitive forward movement of the legs, or problems in surrounding joints like the sacroiliac joints are typical causes of piriformis syndrome.

The location of the piriformis muscle near the sciatic nerve means that when the piriformis muscle is irritated or injured, it can affect the sciatic nerve as well. That is when people have the same symptoms as with the lumbar spine problem.

In the attached picture you can see how deep both this muscle and the nerve are in the body. As opposed to massage, laser beams can get deep down into the tissues and reach the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle and treat the inflammation.

How Soft Laser Therapy works

We have 4 light sensitive molecules:

1, Retina (which absorbs light for vision)

2, Hemoglobin (in red blood cells)

3, Myoglobin (in muscle)

4, and the most important of all, Cytochrome (in all the cells)

We have the energy powerhouse inside the cells, it is called Mitochondria.

The Mitochondria is stuffed with light sensitive Cytochrome.

This converts light energy from the sun into energy for the cells.

As the sun’s photons pass through the membrane and come in contact with the Cytochrome, they are absorbed and stimulate the creation of a Molecule (ATP = adenosine triphosphate) that store energy in our cells.

Molecule ATP can also provide energy that can be used by the immune system and for cell repair.

Laser light triggers ATP production, which is why it can initiate and accelerate the repair and grow the of healthy new cells, including those that make up cartilage (chondrocytes), bone (ostencytes), and connective tissue (fibroblasts).

The laser light can also increase the use of oxygen, improve blood circulation and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the tissues – especially important for healing.

So many modern diseases, depression, cancer, Alzheimer’s and all the autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus) occur in part because our body’s immune systems produce excess chronic inflammation.

In chronic inflammation the immune system stays on too long and may even begin to attack the body’s own tissues, as though they were outside invaders.

Chronically inflamed bodies produce chemicals, called pro-inflammatory cytokines, which contribute to pain and inflammation.

There is substantial clinical evidence published in peer reviewed medical journals that Soft Laser Therapy can stimulate repair of tissue, reduce inflammation and relieve pain in musculoskeletal disorders.

How soft laser therapy can heal the brain after stroke

It has been known for over a hundred years that after a stroke, the brain enters a state of shock, called diaschisis, which means “shocked throughout”.

The “shock” occurs because in a stroke, after neurons die, chemicals leak out of some cells, harming others, inflammation is very active, and interruptions in blood flow occur around the dead tissue. All these events disrupt functioning not just where the stroke occurred but throughout the brain. In addition, immediately after an injury the brain undergoes an “energy crisis” because it has to consume so much glucose to deal with the injury. (Even when healthy, the brain has a huge energy requirement. Though it accounts for only 2 percent of the weight of the body, it consumes 20 percent of its energy.) The period of diaschisis typically lasts about six weeks, during which an injured brain is especially vulnerable because its energy to deal with additional harm is so low.

A stroke patient tries repeatedly, during this period, to move the paralysed arm, and cannot, they will “learn” it doesn’t work and so they’ll start using only their non-affected limb.

Already-damaged circuitry for the paralysed arm withers further.

Dr. Shimon Rochkind, a neurosurgeon at Tel Aviv University has shown that applying soft lasers to peripheral nerves can help them heal, and that the light improves nerve-cell metabolism, increases sprouting of new connections between nerves, enhances the growth of new nerve axons (which conduct electrical signals) and of myelin (the fatty covering around the nerves that allows them to send faster signals), and decreases scar tissue.

Soft lasers helped damaged nerves stop degenerating and start regenerating themselves.

Another unique aspect of soft laser is that it preferentially affects damaged cells, or cells that are struggling to function and need energy the most. Cells that are chronically inflamed, or that have only a limited blood supply and oxygen due to poor circulation, or that are multiplying (as happens when tissues are trying to heal themselves) are more sensitive to red and near-infrared low-intensity lasers than are well-functioning cells.

How might soft laser help the immune system?

In the immune system, soft laser light can trigger helpful forms of inflammation – but only where required. Where inflammatory processes have become stuck and “chronic”, as happens with many diseases, soft laser light can unblock the stalled process and quickly move it to a normal resolution, leading to decreased inflammation, swelling and pain.

So many modern diseases, including hart disease, depression, cancer, Alzheimer’s and all the autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus), occur in part because our body’s immune systems produce excess chronic inflammation. In chronic inflammation, the immune system stays on too long and may even begin to attack the body’s own tissues as though they were outside invaders.

The causes of chronic inflammation are many, including diet and, of course, the countless chemical toxins that become embedded in the body. Chronically inflamed bodies product chemicals, called pro-inflammatory cytokines, which contribute to pain and inflammation.

Fortunately, soft laser light fights excess inflammation by increasing the anti-inflammatory cytokines that bring chronic inflammation, to an end.
They lower the number of “neutrophil” cells that can contribute to chronic inflammation, and they increase the number of “macrophage” cells in the immune system, the garbage collectors that remove foreign invaders and damaged cells.