What's a FOX 980 Laser? Guest Post by Lisa Garland, RPN FCN Ed, Owner/Operator of TiredSole Foot Care Clinic
"As I hear my name being screamed down the hall, I jump into action and assist as I know I can. Injuries like a muscle tear can be debilitating and can stop a human for weeks. Sick time, decreased income, and at times, even more loss. When Amanda ripped her calf muscle, I’m sure the pain she felt was one she will not soon forget, let alone the weeks of downtime and physiotherapy to help this muscle get to a place where she can walk and most importantly do what she does best!
What is LLLT?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the application of a laser over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation, and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. LLLT is used to increase the speed, quality, and tensile strength of tissue repair, as well as resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).
The red and near infrared light (600mn-1000nm) commonly used in LLLT can be produced by a laser. The effects of LLLT are PHOTOCHEMICAL - like photosynthesis in plants. When the correct intensity and treatment times are used, red and near infrared light reduces oxidative stress and increases ATP, which improves cell metabolism and reduces inflammation. These effects can be enhanced with pulses.
Tired Sole is the only medical office in Ottawa that uses the FOX 980 Laser to treat foot conditions. It’s a revolutionary podiatry tool and has been proven more effective than drug therapy. As well as providing pain relief, the laser can get rid of warts and skin tags, and is used regularly to solve fungal nail issues. I am so proud to say the laser has had very positive results to all that have had treatment. What a great way to get back on your feet!"
About TiredSole (www.tiredsole.com)
TiredSole is a state-of-the-art nursing foot care clinic with Certified Compression and Lymphedema Fitters, foot care nurses, and the ability to perform an ABPI reading without the long wait times of the acute care hospitals. Foot care is performed by registered and insured nurses with over 20 years of experience. The clinic uses a state-of-the art autoclave machine to ensure proper sterilization of all tools and to diminish the risk of infection.
Amanda Sterczyk is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM), an Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC) Fitness Professional, and a Certified Essentrics® Instructor. She offers in-home personal training in central Ottawa. Amanda specializes in helping older adults maintain and increase strength, flexibility, and mobility. No fitness goal is too small, in her opinion.