Infrared Laser Therapy / Acupuncture
Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses focused light to stimulate a process called photobiomodulation, or PBM. During PBM, photons enter the tissue and interact with the mitochondria. This interaction triggers a biological cascade of events that leads to an increase in cellular metabolism, decrease in pain, reduction in muscle spasm, and improved micro-circulation to injured tissue. This treatment is FDA cleared and provides patients a non-invasive, non-pharmacological alternative for pain relief
"Most people grab an LED device, and they have these bell-shaped curves of light. So some of the light works, but a lot of it doesn’t, it has no cellular level reaction. So you have these great lights, but the actual effective wavelength is low in optical power because it’s only one part of the bandwidth. Our device uses 980nm, it is one wavelength, and with that wavelength, the cellular reaction is well known, the penetration through each tissue layer is well known, so it’s predictable with what you start with, and what you end with because there’s no other noise, there is no 720nm, there is no 810nm. I’d say the difference is that I chose to stick with a very specific wavelength of light, not a bandwidth of light and that I’ve well modeled it, studied it at a university level, with what the chain reactions are of the cellular level reactions, to make it predictable.
The light is shown to stimulate an ATP chain reaction in cells. So the light actually activates chromophores within the cells. This is biology, the underlying science that I’ve worked on for 20 years. So there is an absolute scientific effect of it. But that wavelength of light is not prevalent in our atmosphere today. It was there centuries ago, and it only comes to 30,000 feet, so one has to scratch their head and say: “Why does our body have a mechanism that responds, as proven scientifically, to 980 nm light if it is not in this atmosphere?
It doesn’t come below 30,000 feet, but it did in biblical times! But in a modern-day industrial atmosphere, it doesn’t make it all the way down. But our body still has a mechanism within that response to that wavelength of light. It is a very fascinating thing for me as a scientist and inventor to say: “Oh, this is really interesting and intriguing, why is this happening and what benefits does it have?” And so when you apply 980 nm light to a wound, you can accelerate the closing of the wound. When you apply it to a body that is in pain, it has two mechanisms of action. It is absorbed, the photons interact with the cells, and the absorption creates warmth and space of dilation. It’s really two things happening within, the stimulation of the cells, and the vasodilation. And together, this combination helps alleviate pain without popping a pill.
One of the things that I’ve always been enlightened to is to say is: “This product not only helps relieve your pain, but it helps ignite your spirit.” And I can tell you as a therapist, who has provided laser therapy for 20 years to people is that have turned lives around. Why? Because people come off their drugs that are causing them all sorts of aches and headaches and problems. They come off their drugs, they move around, they feel better. Because they feel better after giving a light treatment, they think: “Well, maybe I’ll go for a walk.” They start to go for a walk and they say: “Oh, I should maybe eat a little healthier. I’m starting to feel better.”
So I always described this to people as a downward spiral versus an upward spiral. If you take a drug, you will lose your energy. You sit at home, you watch TV, you don’t move around. You slow down the muscles, your circulation becomes poor, that’s a downward spiral. But if you can activate the cells, create energy and light, and have people feel better, they will say: “My mind is not clouded. I’m going to go for a walk.” Now they are getting more exercise! They start to realize that maybe they should eat healthily. They get in this upward spiral. And I’ve watched so many patients of mine over the years who have gone from this downward spiral reversal to just watching their health improve, losing weight, gaining more energy, starting to work out again. It really makes a difference. And that’s just from the light, it’s not popping a pill. So that’s why I’m so passionate about the product because I’ve been able to use it as a clinician, and as somebody that helps people." Jim Ohneck - Inventor of Epoch Laser
The Difference between Epoch Laser and a Cold Laser
Cold Lasers used for Cold Laser Therapy or Low-Level Laser Therapy use very low powered laser light to stimulate healing. These Lasers do not cause your tissues to heat up, thus the term “Cold”. Generally, these Lasers have a low optical power output, a small spot size and a low power density.
The key to successfully treating deep into the tissue is to generate enough optical power that enough light energy will be present after going through all the different tissue to stimulate the healing of cells deep within the body. In other words, there must be sufficient power density on the surface of the skin to achieve cell stimulation deeper down. Cold Laser simply do not have enough optical power to enable this to occur. Their Power Density is quite low. They do have a place, however, if the practitioner knows exactly where to place the small beam, such as on an acupuncture point and the beam can be held in place for a long period of time. Additionally, the wavelength of the light would have to be at the right frequency such that it is not absorbed in the top layer of the skin.
Warmth of the layers of tissues from the application of a higher power Laser not classified as a Cold Laser, is due to the absorption of the infrared Laser light. Besides the cell stimulation coming from the light interacting with the cells, the warming effect is comfortable to the patient and results in vasodilation, this is beneficial in improving blood flow into the injured area which further helps with healing. Cold Lasers or other low power light emitting devices simply cannot provide these two healing mechanisms.
How the Epoch Laser is Different
Science shows us that the Wavelength of Light, Power density and Treatment time are all important factors to the healing effects of a therapeutic light devices. The Epoch Laser, uses the latest technology of a single wavelength light emitter tuned to a frequency that stimulates cell healing and spreads over a surface area of 30 square inches. This provides an extremely large treatment area and because it is more powerful than a cold laser, the patient feels the warming effect through the absorption of light within the layers of tissue, thus providing the dual benefit of tissue warming and light stimulation.
Meet The Inventor AND Chief Operating Officer
Jim Ohneck studied, researched, and developed lasers for over 30 years. His experience ranges from lasers in ophthalmology to today’s non-invasive lasers that help relieve pain, reduce swelling, and heal wounds. Epoch® Lasers was born from Jim’s fascination with lasers and how to harness light’s full potential to heal people and improve their lives.