It is hard to believe it has been over a year since my last newsletter! Understandably though, life has been a little extra busy on my end due to the arrival of 2 extra boys last year (Gavin and Eric). My wife Angela and I are very happy and grateful to have 3 healthy boys as a part of our family.


In this issue of the DaveTherapy.com Newsletter, I discuss how laser acupuncture can be used specifically for traumatic injuries like wounds, muscle tears, severe bruising, burns and more.

Not many doctors refer their patients specifically for laser when it comes to these types of injuries. So I am taking it upon myself to spread the word myself and to let as many people know as I can about the amazing healing properties of laser when it comes to these types of injuries.

I hope everyone is enjoying the fall and spending time with family this Thanksgiving.

Dave Hanemaayer, RMT, CAMA
aka "Lazer Dave"

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LASER THERAPY FOR TRAUMATIC INJURIES: Wounds, Bruises, Muscle Tears, Burns & Fractures

Laser therapy has steadily become more in demand as patients discover its many healing benefits. This is particularly true when it comes to common chronic pain syndromes like rotator cuff pain, tennis elbow and even addictions like smoking cessation.

More recently though, many of my patients have been asking if laser therapy can help promote faster healing in more acute (recent) traumatic injuries like open wounds, muscle tears, bruises or even bone fractures.

The answer is a resounding: YES! Laser therapy can have what appears to be magical properties when applied to tissue that has been recently traumatized. With these types of injuries, laser therapy really shines and practitioners can be labelled "miracle" workers because of the results.

During the acute (just recent) injury phase, laser accelerates an already active healing response by the body. Damaged tissue is easily observable and healing results are very tangible to both patient and practitioner.

In more chronic cases where laser is used, results are bench-marked on slightly less tangible measures including pain and function (e.g. active range of motion). Chronic pain conditions can take a little longer to respond to laser simply because the body needs some time to "kick start" the healing process again.

I have personally treated patients with traumatic injuries where results have materialized so quickly that it's not uncommon for patients to feel almost completely "fixed" in as little as three treatments, even in severe cases. For example, I recently treated a 59 year old female patient for a very severe hamstring muscle tear. Elizabeth is an active person who enjoys tending her hobby farm with her husband, gardening in the summers and downhill skiing in the winters. Unfortunately, Elizabeth tore her hamstring while water skiing this past summer. She came hobbling into the clinic on crutches, barely able to make it to my treatment room. She rated her pain as a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. See the treatment picture progression below. Note the traumatic bruising in the first panel on the left.


Muscle tears are graded in severity on a scale from 1 to 3 by the medical community. A grade 1 tear is considered to be a minor tear, while a grade 3 tear is a complete tear where the muscle may be completely torn off the attachment site on the bone. A grade 3 tear often requires surgical re-attachment and extensive rehabilitation when using traditional therapies. This can leave patients feeling frustrated and anxious about their chances of full recovery, especially for active persons.

Elizabeth was no exception - she was concerned about her ability to ski this coming winter at her favourite hill, Blue Mountain. The doctor in the emergency room told her that her hamstring tear was severe (grade 2). The doctor further explained that it would likely take a full year for her to recover and that she may always be prone to re-injury, even with the "appropriate" rehabilitation.

I am pleased to report that after three treatments using laser over the course of ten days, Elizabeth's pain was reduced by 80% and she was able to walk short distances without the assistance of her crutches! After another couple of treatments, conservative exercises and gradual increases in her activity levels, she was happy to report a month later she was feeling about 90% back to her regular self - able to walk moderate distances, garden and do house chores with next to no discomfort. I anticipate that Elizabeth should be back to a 100% well before the snow flies and the skiers start flocking back to Collingwood.

In closing, I should mention that I have had similar success stories with different types of traumatic injury including wounds (post operation or accidental), severe bruising, burns and even bone fractures. When laser therapy is used properly by a well trained and experienced therapist, it can prove to be very beneficial, especially for injuries that have not responded well to conventional treatments. Laser can also be applied in conjunction with other techniques/treatments such as manual massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, etc. thereby promoting accelerated healing and more complete resolution of traumatized tissue.

If you would like more information on my laser therapy techniques, please give me a call in Kitchener at 519-573-1699 for a phone consultation.



Summer is officially upon us. A very hot start in March followed by a few chilly days and weeks has ended with one heck of a heat wave in June!

Angela (my pregnant wife), Silas (my 2 year old son) and I have been making the best of the sunny weather. One of our favourite things to do is to get out along the Grand River. Recently, I took Silas out on his first kayak adventure on a safe and slow moving part of the Grand.

Oh yes, you read correctly. My wife Angela is pregnant (due in September) with two twin boys! Life is full of twists and turns, no?

In this issue of the DaveTherapy.com Newsletter, I thought I would cover some of the basics of my favourite subject....you guessed it: laser therapy! As the demand for my laser therapy skills has increased and my client base has expanded into different demographics over the last year, I’ve noticed more people asking questions about the safety of laser therapy. Most of these questions take the form of “Dave, is laser therapy safe?” or “Dave, is laser OK for my child?” or “Dave, can laser therapy cause cancer?”

One of things you can count on when going to a regulated health professional that offers laser therapy (Registered Massage Therapist, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, etc.) is that we will ensure that you can provide “informed consent” regarding your treatment options. This means that we are obligated to give you all the necessary information regarding the benefits, risks and potential side effects of our techniques, so that you can consider these factors in your decision-making processes.

This following article addresses the most common concerns related to laser therapy safety. I hope you enjoy it!

Dave Hanemaayer, RMT, CAMA
aka "Laser Dave"



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alttext Working in partnership with Kingfisher Distributing, I am hosting an open house at Target Therapeutics on laser therapy. If you are a health care professional like an RMT, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, etc. (or know someone) who is interested in laser therapy - please feel free to attend this event or tell them about it.

At these informal sessions, I make my self available to answer questions about laser therapy and to demonstrate first hand the laser equipment I use.

Dave uses RJ Lasers, from Germany. RJ Laser has been making laser therapy equipment for over 30 years.

Please confirm attendance by email to davermt@rogers.com.

Tuesday, June 26th @ 10am - 12pm


Before we jump into the safety concerns of laser therapy, lets quickly define what laser therapy is.



For the purposes of treating pain, injury and addiction, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a therapeutic treatment which utilizes low-level intensity laser light to “SUPER-CHARGE” the body’s own natural healing systems to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and promote regeneration of tissue. LLLT can also be used to stimulate acupuncture points painlessly (no needles) for the purpose of smoking cessation/addiction.

In Dave’s practice, he has discovered that laser therapy has the potential to boost a patient’s natural healing capabilities by 2-4 times! This is one of the most impressive features of laser therapy.


Over 3,000 clinical studies carried out over the past 30 years have shown that LLLT is safe, effective, non-thermal and non-invasive when used appropriately by a trained professional. No serious adverse side effects have been recorded using this form of therapy.


alttextLasers are classified as either class I, II, III or IV. LLLT therapy is considered class III according to international standards.

Class IV (> 500 milliwatts)

These lasers are primarily used for surgical and industrial purposes. Very strict safety precautions are necessary. These types of lasers can EASILY injure the eye or skin, both directly and indirectly. Class IV is considered outside presently accepted limits for LLLT. Dave does NOT use class IV lasers.

Class III (5 to 500 milliwatts)

Dave uses class III lasers in his practise – both red and infrared. The risk of injury is low for red laser even if viewed directly for a few moments. Red laser is visible to the human eye and, if viewed directly, a protective blink reflex will result. In contrast, infrared laser is less visible to the human eye, so risk of injury is higher if viewed directly without safety glasses. To mitigate these minor risks, Dave asks all his patients to wear protective glasses during treatment.

Class II and I (less than 5 milliwatts)

Class II and Class I are used typically in laser pointers, “pet” toy instruments, price scanners, CD players and printers. These are considered safe for momentary viewing. However, people should not stare into the laser beams.


Cosmic rays, gamma rays, x-rays and other similar shorter wavelengths in much of the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum contain too much energy for our cells to accept without damage. These wavelengths are considered “ionizing radiation” and are destructive to living organisms.

The therapeutic lasers utilized by Dave however are considered “non-ionizing radiation” – they are longer, gentler wavelengths that represent the red and infrared part of the spectrum. Some scientists have drawn similarities between the effect of laser therapy on living tissue and the natural process of photosynthesis carried out by plants.

Hundreds of research studies have shown LLLT to be safe and effective. The laser therapy devices utilized by Dave are non-invasive, non-toxic and non-thermal.



Risk of Eye Injury

As discussed previously, LLLT therapy is considered class III in terms of power. For this reason, risk of injury to the eye is minimal even if red laser is viewed directly. Infrared lasers do pose slightly more risk if viewed directly. With this being said, in 30 years of clinical use, there has never been a single instance of documented eye damage from laser.


Laser therapy is completely safe for pregnant women and fetuses, provided that no laser is passed over the fetus and that certain acupuncture points are avoided.


Laser therapy does not cause cancer. As discussed above, the gentle wave lengths in the red and infrared laser spectrum are considered “non-ionizing”. In the 30 years laser therapy has been employed for therapeutic purposes, no mutational effects have ever been observed or recorded.

In fact, experiments on rats have shown that small tumours treated with laser therapy may recede and completely disappear (although laser treatment had no effect on tumours over a certain size).

Pacemakers, Metal Implants, Stitches and Plastics

Laser therapy is treatment with light and will NOT affect pacemakers, metal implants, stitches and plastics.


Laser therapy is not applied to an area where steroids have been injected, generally within 2 weeks. The risk is not so much injury, but a potential for minor adverse reaction. Steroids may also diminish or even block the effects of therapeutic lasers.

Tattoos And Dark Hair

Precautions are taken as it relates to administering laser over tattooed tissue as it may result in localized heating of tissue. Laser therapy may also cause localized heating over dark hair as well. Administering a low dose and/or moving the laser frequently overcome this effect.


Photoactive Medications

A patient who is taking certain photosensitizing medications such as NSAIDs, corticosteroids, accitame, St. John’s wort, tetracycline, etc. may experience a negative effect with laser therapy. Dave will evaluate the risk of injury based on factors such as how long the patient has been taking the medications and for what purpose. If there is serious cause for concern, a two week “wash out” period will be recommended before treatment commences. If the risk is low, Dave will begin treatment immediately but drop the power in half.


Laser therapy offers a painless alternative to traditional acupuncture with needles and is well accepted by children. In fact, many children in Europe receive laser therapy treatment for a host of different conditions outside of pain and injury.

Pain Response

From time to time, a patient will experience an increase in pain following treatment. This is more likely to occur in longstanding, chronic conditions. This is NOT an adverse reaction and, in fact, may indicate that laser treatment is working. Patients will frequently observe improvement once this transient pain subsides, which it usually does within 24 hours. One might think of a pain reaction as an “awakening” of a chronic condition – making it acute once again, as laser therapy restores circulation and opens areas releasing irritants, irritants which may have been “locked away” in a person’s system for a very long time.

Fatigue Response

A small percentage of patients will report extreme fatigue after laser therapy. It is believed that this is a natural response by the body to give itself time to heal.

"I'm Fixed !"

Many times patients will experience complete pain relief after a first treatment and they may believe that the underlying problems have been addressed. This is especially likely in acute trauma and sports injuries. Athletes are at great risk of further injury if they return to the kind of activity that brought them to treatment in the first place. It is important that patients follow the full course of treatments as recommended and to refrain from any activity that stresses the area of injury until close to 100% resolution of the problem is achieved.


alttext In all my clinical experience, I am happy to say none of my patients have reported a serious adverse reaction to laser therapy. Moreover, there has never been one serious adverse reaction documented in more than 30 years of clinical use or in any of the 3,000 research studies and papers published regarding therapeutic lasers.

In closing, I am so confident in the safe application of laser therapy that I have treated my own 2 year old son, Silas, on more than one occasion. Recently, Silas fought off the chicken pox virus. He had a number of chicken pox “heads” which were not overly painful for him. However, he did have a couple that were infected and, if left untreated, may have lead to scarring. Over the course of three days, I applied small doses of laser to these concerning areas. In one treatment, the infection disappeared and within a week the scab healed by more than 50%. He is now 100% healed with no visible scars.




I hope everyone is enjoying the fall...it is my favourite time of the year. Seeing the colours while hiking the Bruce Trail with my son Silas and wife Angela has been a lot of fun!

We are well past peak colours but there are still enough days to get out there and enjoy the trails before the snow arrives. I highly recommend the Dundas area (this is where the above picture was taken). It is not a far drive from Kitchener and is just as rugged as the Bruce Peninsula.

In this issue of the DaveTherapy.com Newsletter, I would like to share some valuable information regarding the use of laser therapy to treat seniors and older adults. The most common conditions I treat in this age demographic are arthritis and degenerative disc disease.

I think we are all aware of someone we know (could be yourself) that is taking a lot of pain medications (e.g. anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen) for arthritis. Arthritis can be a chronic and very debilatating condition. On top of this, long term use of these medications can result in damaging side effects. On the other hand, some people cannot take any anti-inflammatory medication because of other medications they are on so they suffer chronic pain.

Laser therapy for arthritis is a very non-invasive and largely side-effect free treatment. Many of my senior and older adult patients have enjoyed very favourable results...with no pain or discomfort endured during a typical laser therapy treatment. In fact, most leave treatment feeling relaxed and start noticing results almost immediately.

To Your Health!

Dave Hanemaayer, RMT, CAMA
aka "Laser Dave"

Spotlight on Seniors & Older Adults:
Laser Therapy For Arthritis

What Is Arthritis?

    alttextArthritis is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body. The more common joints affected are knees, hands, hips, neck and lower back. According to statistics Canada, in 2009 15.2% of Canadians over 11 were diagnosed with arthritis. It is one of the leading causes of disability in people over the age of 55, greatly impacting the level of function and quality of life of multitudes of people.

    The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which the cartilage wears away in a joint, allowing bones to rub against each other causing pain and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of collagen disease which gradually results in decreased range of motion, pain and stiffness due to joints becoming swollen, painful and inflamed. RA tends to affect the entire body with inflammation occurring symmetrically in the body, and can begin as early as age 30. Other forms of arthritis include psoriatic arthritis, gout, polymyalgia rheumatica, and anklyosing spondylitis.

    Arthritis is typically characterized by painful, swollen and stiff joints. The pain from arthritis mainly occurs due to inflammation in and around the joint. Contributing factors include age, being overweight, genetics, previous injuries, highly demanding physical jobs, daily wear and tear, and muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff joints.

    While medicines, injections, and surgery all have their place in treating arthritis, many people are increasingly intolerant of the side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs to treat this condition. Laser therapy often presents as a viable treatment option.

    Dave's Clinical Experience Using Laser Therapy For Arthritis

      alttextAll names have been changed to protect the identity of patients.

      For John Cassidy (89 years young), laser therapy has proven to be his best treatment option to treat the arthritis pain in his shoulder.

      Another patient of mine referred John to me for laser therapy. When John first came to see me, he told me:

      “My stomach can’t handle anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections don’t work well and my doctor says I’m basically too old for shoulder joint replacement surgery”.

      After several treatments, John shared that he is very impressed with the pain relief he gets from laser therapy. He also shared that his range of motion is better and that he sleeps better at night.

      Every week, more seniors experiencing arthritic pain, muscular pain and other soft tissue pain discover my laser therapy services, and find the relief and healing they need. They like that laser therapy is a totally non-invasive and pain-free treatment option. By following my treatment plan, many patients have found that they can drastically cut back on their consumption of pain medications (such as Ibuprofen) and other prescription medication. Of course, I always recommend that patients consult with their family physicians in this matter.

      The Seven Main Benefits Of Laser Therapy For Arthritis:

      • Reduction in inflammation – the cornerstone of arthritis.
      • Improved blood flow.
      • Reduced muscle tightness.
      • Painless Treatment - laser treatments are painless and do not involve any application of force. Only gentle laser is applied to the tissues.
      • Tissue regeneration and, in some cases, even regeneration of joint surfaces.
      • Pain reduction – laser releases endorphins, the body’s natural anti-pain hormones.
      • Reduced dependency on pain medications.

        *Results cannot be guaranteed as individual results vary.*

        Most of these benefits add up to extra range of motion in arthritic joints and a general reduction in inflammation and pain. This allows many seniors and older adults to return to a more active, enjoyable and in many cases pain-free lifestyle.

        Safe & Effective, But Still Scrutinized By Many In Mainstream Medicine...

          Use of low intensity laser for therapeutic purposes is still relatively new to many people. Many family physicians are still unaware of laser therapy technology and/or are skeptical of its effectiveness. However, there are more than 3,000 published, scientific studies that have proven the effectiveness and safety of laser therapy for many different types of soft tissue and joint pain syndromes. Many of these studies report effectiveness rates of 90% or more. In addition, laser therapy has been used throughout Europe for decades and Health Canada has approved the use of laser therapy by qualified health professionals.

          As a RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) and acupuncture practitioner, I have acquired training to provide a specialized form of laser therapy called “laser acupuncture therapy”. I use laser acupuncture therapy to not only help patients with pain, but also addictions like quitting smoking.

          For more information about my laser acupuncture therapy services, please visit www.davetherapy.com. Alternatively, for a phone consultation or to book an appointment, please call me at 519-573-1699 or email at davermt@rogers.com .

          More Case Studies...

          alttextName: Irene Witmer - Arthritic Lower Spine


          • Patient diagnosed with osteoarthritis and disc degeneration of lower lumbar vertebrae (lower spine).
          • 20+ years of on/off low back pain and tight muscles, occasional pain down legs (sciatica).
          • Patient not able to stand long or walk far without moderate to intense pain in lower back.


          • Low back range-of-motion limited.
          • Obvious muscle tightness in lower back.

          Clinical Impression:

          • Arthritis is causing instability in lower spine, resulting in "deep achey pain" and tight muscles in lower back.

          Treatment Course:

          • 7 laser acupuncture treatments so far over the course of 2 months to address arthritis and muscle tightness.

          Outcome So Far:

          • As of sixth treatment, patient has reported a 60% reduction in pain.
          • As of seventh treatment, patient has reported an almost 100% reduction in pain for a few days.
          • Patient able to stand longer and walk farther.
          • The plan going forward is to treat patient for another 3-4 treatments and assign remedial exercise to improve core strength.

          alttextName: Sonya Tanner - Arthritic Neck Pain


          • Patient diagnosed with osteoarthritis 7 years ago in cervical vertebrae of neck.
          • She has experienced bouts of "achey" neck pain for years.
          • Rated pain at 7/10 when she first came to see me.


          • Obvious muscle tightness and scar tissue build-up in posterior neck and trapezius muscles.
          • Neck range of motion moderately limited – e.g., she has difficulty checking her blind spots while driving.

          Clinical Impression:

          • Arthritis is causing instability in upper spinal cord of neck, causing muscles to tighten in order to add stability.

          Treatment Course:

          • 3 laser acupuncture treatments over the course of 2 weeks to address arthritis and muscle tightness.


          • As of third and final treatment, patient reported next to no pain.
          • Full range of motion restored to neck.
          • Further treatments may be required.

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