HI-TECH LASER THER­APY

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - An­nie Caughey An­[email protected]­news.com.au

LORENZO the laser has set­tled into its new home quite well and the whole neigh­bour­hood seems to be talk­ing about it.

Eigh­teen months ago Jenny Van Leeuwen, owner of Physio by Jenny, took the plunge to in­vest in a $65,000 state of the art laser that was de­vel­oped in Europe.

The laser uses a com­bi­na­tion of two high-tech beams which can be used to treat con­di­tions of in­flam­ma­tion, lym­phoma and chronic pain. The laser can also be used to fast track the healing process of wounds.

Mrs Van Leeuwen said in­vest­ing in the tech­nol­ogy was well worth the risk. In 2017, the phys­io­ther­a­pist be­gan in­cor­po­rat­ing the laser ther­apy in con­junc­tion with her usual treat­ment meth­ods and she said the re­sults spoke vol­umes.

“Es­sen­tially what the laser does is it en­hances a bodies ca­pac­ity to be­have nor­mally be­cause it stim­u­lates the pow­er­house of the cell,” she said.

“I’m getting fan­tas­tic re­sults that are long-term across the board with things like chronic back and neck pain, plan­tar fasci­itis.

“Also in con­di­tions like ro­ta­tor cuff tears where surgery is not an op­tion, we are find­ing we are getting healing of the tears which is en­hanc­ing move­ment,” she said.

Mrs Van Leeuwen said there are only two other lasers of its kind within Queens­land and both are sit­u­ated in med­i­cal prac­tices but her busi­ness is the only phys­io­ther­apy in all of Australia with the tech­nol­ogy.

Af­ter see­ing the faster and more ef­fi­cient re­sults for her clients, in the fu­ture, Mrs Van Leeuwen hopes to out­source the prod­uct to nearby pain clin­ics to help fast track the healing process for pa­tients re­ceiv­ing treat­ments.

In Oc­to­ber this year, Mrs Van Leeuwen will head off to Florence to par­tic­i­pate in a mas­ter class about the dif­fer­ent ben­e­fits and ways to use the laser.

She hopes to re­turn with ex­pert knowl­edge that will en­able her to trial dif­fer­ent tech­niques.

“There is heaps of re­search com­ing out of Italy in use of the laser and how we can fine-tune it to op­er­ate with even bet­ter re­sults,” she said.

“It has a bionic head and a hand-held de­vice on the same ma­chine, so I could have the bionic head scan­ning and treat­ing some­one’s back and at the same time I could be us­ing the hand-held laser to treat the trig­ger points down some­one’s leg.”

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TECH SAVVY: Jenny Van Leewun from Physio by Jenny in­vested in state of the art laser tech­nol­ogy

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