AltCare brings laser treatment to Oak Park

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Editor's note: This story is part of Women in Business 2011, a special advertising section produced by Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review. Click here to view the entire Women in Business Section.

"There are some ailments that just resist treatment", says Dr. Cheryl Haugh, owner of AltCare Health Center. She should know. She has been practicing alternative therapies for over 25 years in the Oak Park area. A chiropractic physician, Haugh explains that light therapy has been around since Hippocrates. But with the development of laser technology, specific wavelengths of light can deliver accurate doses of energy directly to the treatment site.

Haugh, who does both joint adjustments and muscle therapy during her treatments, was first attracted to this modality when an anesthesiologist who worked with Janet Travell, MD, President Kennedy's "back " doctor, reported he had largely replaced trigger point injections with Laser treatment. Travel pioneered the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain.

"I practice Travell's myofascial work every day, so when I read that Bernard Filner, MD worked with her for 10 years; I trusted what he said about Laser therapy." Haugh explains.

Days prior to the Super Bowl, Ellen Spicuzza, team RN, treated Patriot wide receiver David Givens, who had a locked hamstring. She rotated the pen-like laser over the "belly" of his muscle for about five minutes. The laser released it. Nine years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration cleared ML830 Low Level Laser for non-surgical treatment and management of carpal tunnel syndrome. There are few/no side effects, so laser treatment facilitates healing, decreases pain and allows patients to reduce or eliminate medications.

Other conditions which can benefit from Low Level Laser therapy include: arthritis, nerve entrapment, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, injuries and condition of the back, tendonitis, TMJ, tennis elbow, neuralgia, wound healing, bursitis, and sprains/strains.

Haugh is delighted to offer this promising therapy to people who have experienced previously failed treatments. " I am aggressively introducing laser therapy into the treatment of chronic sufferers and new patients alike." She concluded.

To find out more about Laser therapy or to set up a complimentary appointment to discuss your problem call 708 848-9900.

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