Multiple Sclerosis and Low Level Laser Therapy

Dr. Peszynski-Drews
Dr. Peszynski-Drews

“Our results from the use of laser therapy on multiple sclerosis cases shows that laser biostimulation is a successful and effective method by which to treat patients,” said Dr. Cezary Peszynski-Drews, director of the Laser Diagnostics and Therapy Center of the Technical University of Lódz, Poland.  Dr. Peszynski-Drews, also noted, “While it does not prevent multiple sclerosis, it makes patients significantly stronger, even in the most advanced stages of the disease. After treatment patients are able to move around on their own, walk short distances, and make their own breakfast. They are not totally dependent on someone else to help them and this in itself is a personal success.” Click here to view the full article in The Warsaw Voice. [7]

Low intensity laser therapy has anti-inflammatory, immune modulating and tissue regenerative properties.  It has also been reported to improve quality of life in MS.  In a study at the University of Heidelberg, 42 subjects with MS received a series of 10 treatments with transcutaneous laser irradiation of the blood over 4 superficial veins within two weeks and a second series of three sessions over 3 weeks.  Subjects reported a 16% improvement in physical quality of life and a 67% improvement in psychological quality of life.  It is noteworthy that the improvements in both physical and psychological quality of life were long lasting, still well above baseline 12 months following the last treatment.[8]

 

SF 12 Questionnaire

Multiple Sclerosis Case Study

“Tim,” a 61 year old male diagnosed with relapsing, remitting MS x 12 years was treated with laser therapy, transcutaneous laser blood irradiation, led therapy and acupuncture during 5 regular weekly office visits and also received 10 sessions of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, near daily at the outset.  All pain scores improved progressively.  Eight months after completing the treatment series, he reported,  “I am stronger, and pain is less.  The effects have lasted.  The biggest difference is that I can feel things and hold onto them better with my hands.  My energy and mood are better.”

Standard practice in treating MS has been limited in large part to pharmaceutical drugs said to slow its progression (beta interferons), treat symptoms or reduce inflammation during exacerbations (steroids).   Are these methods cost-effective and genuinely helpful, or is there a better way?

Low level laser, led and pulsed electromagnetic field therapies have been shown to stimulate nerve regeneration and function, even in CNS injury.  They may improve quality of life and reduce the demyelination, inflammation and neuropathies associated with multiple sclerosis.

Laser Therapy Research in Neurological Disorders

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Research in Neurological Disorders