Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Tacoma, Washington

The Back and Joint Pain Institute is one of the first clinics in Tacoma, Washington to offer their patients the latest advance in safe, comfortable and highly effective pain relief and tissue repair. The MLS Mix 5 Laser is one of the most technologically advanced therapeutic Class IV lasers approved by the FDA. The MLS Laser is capable of delivering over 100 times more healing energy than the most powerful devices of the previous generation (Class III – ‘Cold Lasers’ – LLLT – Low Level Laser Therapy).


Some of the specific conditions that Laser Therapy is effective with include:

·     Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  

·     Arthritis 

·     Back Pain 

·     Bruising and Contusions  

·     Bursitis  

·     Acute (Traumatic) Pain

·     Headaches 

·     Neck Pain 


·     Painful Trigger points  

·     Plantar Fascitis  

·     Repetitive Stress Syndromes 

·     Sports Injuries  

·     Tendinitis  

·     Tennis/Golfer Elbow 

·     TMJ Disorders  

·     ....and Many Others 

Tacoma Washington Doctor Offers Class IV Laser Therapy For Fast Healing

Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy (Class IV, FDA Approved)

1.) Anti-Inflammation: MLS Laser therapy has an anti-edema (anti-swelling) effect as it causes vasodilatation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation. In this way, MLS Laser therapy aids the body’s natural healing process of inflammation.

2.) Anti-Pain (Analgesic): MLS Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and encephalin from the brain & adrenal gland.

3.) Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: It is well known that light has a healing effect on the body. Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and eliminate waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments, muscles and other tissues are repaired faster.

4.) Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries, enhancing blood flow in damaged tissue which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly, and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilatation, an increase in the diameter of blood vessels, which speeds healing.

5.) Increases Metabolic Activity: MLS Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.

6.) Trigger points and Acupuncture Points: MLS Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.

7.) Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: MLS Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.

8.) Improved Nerve Function: Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the nerve supply to optimize muscle action

9.) Immunoregulation: Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulation of immunoglobines and lymphocytes. MLS Laser therapy is absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosine-triphosphate), which is the major carrier of all energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.

10.) Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development (fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing) in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. AS a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common indications for therapy?

The most common MLS Therapy indications are pain relief, intervertebral disc disease, degenerative joint disease, arthritic conditions, muscular/skeletal system trauma, and inflammatory conditions.


What wavelengths are used in the MLS therapy?

MLS therapy uses both the 808nm and 905nm wavelengths simultaneously.  The 808nm wavelength is delivered using continuous emission while the 905nm wavelength is delivered using pulsed emission.


Why are two wavelengths used?

MLS Therapy uses two wavelengths to overcome the limits of traditional Laser Therapy.  Traditional Laser therapy does not deliver both wave lengths in a reinforcing and synchronized fashion.  Continuous laser emissions act fast on inflammation, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and inducing fast re-absorption of fluid build ups; however they only have a secondary effect on pain, which is diminished after reducing the inflammatory process.  Pulsed laser emissions, on the other hand, have a practically immediate effect on pain, since they are able to induce analgesia, interfering with the very transmission of the pain impulse to the higher brain centers, but they are less effective at treating inflammation and oedema.


Is MLS Therapy approved by the FDA?

Yes, the FDA has approved the use of MLS therapy and it is also patented via the US Patent Office.


What is the advantage of MLS therapy over traditional low level lasers? (LLLT)

MLS Therapy is able to induce strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and analgesic effects simultaneously and within a short period of time.  LLLT cannot achieve these results because of the limitations of using one or two wavelengths that are not synchronized.  The patented control system that generates the MLS pulse synchronizes the emissions to achieve results previously unattainable.  Thanks to this characteristic synchronization, the various therapeutic effects not only take place at the same time but reciprocally reinforce each other.


What is MLS?

MLS Stands for Multi-wave Lock System. MLS is the name of the technology used that utilizes the patented combination of wavelengths.  The 2 wavelengths work together, much like a symphony to deliver superior results. 


Are MLS Therapy Lasers class IV lasers?

Yes, the Cutting Edge laser manufactured by ASA is a class IV laser. Both the head and the wand have outputs of 3.3 watts.


What is the depth of penetration of the MLS laser?

The depth of penetration varies but it is safe to assume that it will penetrate 4-5 cm in most cases. 


How many treatments are usually needed to get results?

Results can often be seen after the first treatment.  Most conditions have protocols that range from 6-10 treatments. The treatments are cumulative and are delivered 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks.


How was MLS Therapy developed and tested?

MLS Therapy has been developed and tested following a strict course of biomedical and clinical research.  The effectiveness of the combination of the emissions making up the MLS pulse was initially tested in vitro on cellular cultures, then in vivo on animals, and finally by means of controlled clinical trials run by major state-of-the-art health organizations for treating traumatic and degenerative painful diseases.

What Can It Help?

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonosis
  • muscle spasms
  • trapped nerves
  • range of motion
  • contractures
  • neuromas
  • adhesions
  • back pain
  • shoulder pain
  • ankle pain
  • headaches
  • knee problems
  • tennis elbow
  • temporomandibular joint disorder

What Can You Do?

Contact our office at 253-248-7268 to schedule an initial consultation with our Doctor to determine if you are a candidate for care with Cold Laser Therapy. After carefully studying your case history and exam findings, he will sit down and explain his recommended plan of action for you. After answering any questions you may have about the recommended plan, you may begin your care with Cold Laser Therapy

Office Hours
Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm & 3:00pm- 6:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm & 3:00pm- 6:00pm
Wenesday 9:00am - 1:00pm & 3:00pm- 6:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm & 3:00pm- 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm



Don't spend another day in pain, pick up the phone and give us a call.

The Back and Joint Pain Institute

1720 So. 72nd Street, Ste. 201
Tacoma, Washington 98408
Phone: 253-248-7268


For more information, please call us at 253-248-7268