How Laser Guided Proprioceptor Feedback Helps

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Have you been told again & again that you’re clumsy? Do you have a loved one with balance and coordination issues? Laser-guided proprioceptive feedback helps an individual improve their sense of body awareness. This therapy uses lasers affixed to straps which are worn on the body while various tasks are used to engage targeting with the lasers.

  • Our bodies have inherent mechanisms to allow us to know where we are in space
  • This includes vision, tactile sensation, and proprioceptive sensation
  • Laser-guided proprioceptive feedback rehabilitation covers all of the above
  • Creates an all-encompassing learning experience

A unique visual feedback system, Laser-guided feedback rehabilitation is particularly helpful for visual learners, young athletes and others who desire a better balance and motion skillset.

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Training Vision, Tactile Sensation, and Proprioceptive Sensation

Laser-guided proprioceptive feedback therapy seeks to train vision, tactile sensation and proprioceptive sensation to come together to improve motor function. This treatment has been proven effective for people who are considered to be clumsy, but also for people who have impaired motor function due to brain injury.

This therapy trains vision to teach a patient to track the movement of their limbs as well as to focus on objects in their peripheral vision. Training tactile sensation improves the patient’s sense of touch, allowing them to handle objects that they reach for more easily. Improving a patient’s proprioceptive sensation allows them to develop a stronger perception of their position in space in relation to other objects. Combining all of these together into a single therapy treatment allows for patients to make great strides in their coordination and motor function.

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Feedback Helps Keep Patients On Track

A crystal glass that was knocked over and spilling liquid on a surface

When people move their bodies, they instinctually make the shortest movement possible from point A to point B. They also have a strong sense of their position in relation to objects around them. People who have motor function issues don’t have this strong sense, and may even have deviations in their movements which leads them into situations such as knocking over something they reach for, tripping and falling down stairs, or stubbing their toe on something.

Using lasers attached to the patient and a specialized target, the patient will move their limbs in a way that will allow the laser to trace lines on the target as directed. Should the laser deviate from the set path, the patient receives a feedback response so they know they need to correct their movements. This feedback is crucial in making sure that the patient is moving in such a way that they will be able to improve on their overall motor function.

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Trust Broadview Health and Spine Centre for Your Treatment

Our team at Broadview Spine & Health Centre always strives to provide the best care for our patients. We are experts at providing laser-guided proprioceptive feedback therapy and have helped many patients with motor function problems improve their ability and quality of life. If you are a clumsy person, or have sustained a brain injury and have trouble with your motor functions, then this treatment can help! Contact us today to see how we can help you improve your motor functions and improve your life!

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Frequently Asked Questions

In laser guided motion therapy, particles of energy called photons are produced and absorbed by cellular structures. The result? Healed tissues, reduced inflammation, and an overall reduction or even elimination of symptoms. Laser therapy for concussion is non-invasive and pain-free, using a combination of red and infrared light. This form of concussion treatment helps supply the brain with increased production of ATP, which is diminished when concussion occurs.

While laser therapy has been effective for quite a number of patients, its efficacy and appropriateness of use depends on a number of factors. The best way to find out is by seeing your chiropractic neurologist at our Ottawa concussion clinic. We’ll do a comprehensive brain injury assessment and take a look at your medical history as well, before coming up with a plan of treatment that may very well include laser therapy should it be suitable for your situation.

The typical course of laser therapy treatment for concussion or brain injury is approximately 10 treatments across a 2-week period. This depends on a number of factors, such as the nature and scope of your brain injury, your schedule availability, etc. We’ll meet with you at the initial brain injury assessment and discuss options and goals with you up-front, to ensure that you know what to expect.

That’s the good news! Laser therapy isn’t just a temporary fix, like taking a Tylenol for a headache, but rather when done over a course of treatment offers long-term healing and mitigation of concussion symptoms. Controlled studies have shown tremendous results with laser therapy for concussion patients. We’re pleased to offer laser therapy at our Ottawa concussion clinic, incorporating it into a long-term plan for concussion recovery.

Yes, laser therapy is a very safe, regulated and well-tested procedure in treating concussions and other injuries. Low Intensity Laser Therapy is just that – a low dose of laser applied in a highly controlled, safe environment & process. Laser therapy for concussions is non-invasive, pain-free, non-toxic and recognized worldwide in its safety and efficacy.