We’ve been Rocking the Cold LASERs at AFC in Virden since 2005!

At Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden, IL (Northern Macoupin County) we’ve been utilizing
Cold LASER Therapy since July of 2005. Yes, in fact Dr. Todd was the first to bring Cold LASER Therapy technology, Low Level LASER Therapy or LLLT to the Springfield, IL area.

AFC Cold LASER flyer

Dr. Todd from AFC in Virden. These are Cold LASER successes from the past month.

Please check out the Cold LASER testimonial videos page at our clinic website too.
Our complete Testimonial Videos Playlist is available at YouTube as well.

If you’re tired of suffering from aches and pains and have yet to try Cold LASER Therapy, Dr. Todd would love to help. Give either him or Office Manager Eugena a call at (217) 965-3100 for more info or to schedule an appointment.

Utilizing LASER therapy on a foot neuroma

Dr. Todd Cold LASERing a painful foot neuroma

Are you looking for a noninvasive method to ease throbbing aches or painful strains? In my practice as a Chiropractic Physician, I’ve found that the strong healing rays of Cold LASER Therapy, a medical treatment which uses a focused light emitted at specific wavelengths, are an effective treatment for both young and old.

Cold LASER therapy is particularly attractive to today’s patients, who suffer from a variety of aches and pains but want to avoid surgery, long-term use of medications and side effects.

Using Cold LASER therapy either as a stand alone therapy or in conjunction with other protocols, I’ve seen amazing results over the past 11 years including but not limited to:
– a reduction in painful rotator cuff syndrome,
– relief from low back pain,
– relief from plantar fasciitis,
– pain relief and much quicker healing of sports strains/sprain injuries,
– relief from painful shoulder and / or hip bursitis,
– non-surgical relief of carpal tunnel syndrome,
– relief from crippling conditions like spinal stenosis, spinal osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease and degenerative disc disease.

Jen is a good case in point. Jen was plagued with a severe episode of her TMJ (temporomandibular joint or jaw) pain. Just 1 Cold LASER treatment got her feeling much better. In less than 24 hours her jaw pain had subsided, she was able to eat and chew again without any pain and there was much less jaw clicking going on.

George had a severe headache coupled with severe neck pain that had been going on constantly for 3 days. Just 3 Cold laser treatments and he reports he’s 90% improved.

Patti thought she broke her wrist after falling. She was in constant severe pain and couldn’t even use her hand at all. She didn’t have much grip strength at all other. Opening a peanut butter jar or a bottled water was totally out of the question! X-rays were negative though. After 8 Cold LASER treatments it’s now 100% and she’s been released from care.

Clarence recently presented with a lot of low back pain, hip pain and sciatica (radiating pain down both his legs). He also had much difficulty walking without assistance (holding on to the walls or using a cane). He has severe Spinal Stenosis according to his MRI report. After 8 Cold LASER sessions he’s walking much faster (and without any help) and only having occasional episodes of slight pain. He says he’s now at least 85% better.

Dr Todd lasers a toe injury on a young patient

Dr Todd cold lasers a pediatric toe injury.

Ruth had been suffering with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms for years. After she took a new job it progressively started getting much worse. It woke her up and she couldn’t even get back to sleep the night before she presented to our clinic for the very first time. She had been suffering from constant throbbing hand pain for 14 hours at that point. After 1 treatment the once constant hand pain was gone. After 3 treatments her condition including numbness in her fingers is 75% better.

Bev has suffered from a very unstable and painful knee for a full year. After 4 treatments she reports a lot less pain & much greater stability. She’s even able to do squats for the first time in over 9 months now.

Got Knee Pain? Try Cold LASERs!

Knee Arthritis? Chances are Cold Laser Therapy can help. Ask Dr Todd.

Whether you have chronic pain or recently suffered an acute injury, Cold LASER Therapy treatment can many times provide great relief. The treatment is painless and short (from 10 to 15 minutes). It also promotes recovery without surgery and / or medication.

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Dr. Todd & Eugena Austin host Fall 2015 Midwest Far Infrared Thermotherapy Training Event

Dr. Todd & Eugena Austin from Virden in Central, IL hosted their quarterly Fall 2015 Midwest Far Infrared Thermotherapy Training Event on Saturday August 29th at their home. They are the owners of Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden, which is located in northern Macoupin County (20 minutes north of Carlinville and 25 minutes south of Springfield).

FIR Therapy group photo of all attendees 8-29-2015

Fall 2015 Midwest FIR Training: Far Infrared Therapy group photo of all attendees 8-29-2015

Dr. Todd graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1993 and relocated to Virden with his wife Eugena, a Licensed Massage Therapist, in 1996. They opened AFC in October that year. In 2004, Dr. Austin was introduced to Cold Laser Therapy which totally fascinated him. In July of 2005 the clinic purchased their first three cold laser therapy devices. Since that time, Dr. Todd has added several other cold lasers to his toolkit, has spent 5 seasons on the sideline as the Official Team Cold Laser Therapist of a semi-pro football team (working closely with an orthopedic surgeon during 3 of those seasons) and performed over 21,000 cold laser therapy treatments on central Illinoisans.

Cold Laser Therapy for foot neuroma

LLLT for a painful foot neuroma performed by Dr. Todd

One of Dr. Todd’s Cold Laser Therapy mentors introduced him to Far Infrared (FIR) Thermotherapy in May of 2013 shortly after he was informed that he had suffered an inguinal hernia. This diagnosis was NOT good news at the time. The surgeon said “You won’t be able to adjust your chiropractic patients for at least 14 days. Thus you’ll need to take 2 whole weeks off from work.” Austin’s mentor said that the recovery time could likely be cut in half using FIR technology. His lasers helped to calm down the pain temporarily but the surgery was inevitable. So Todd purchased his very own FIR device in July 2013, just 10 days before his surgery. It was as good as advertised, as he was back adjusting chiropractic patients on Day #8 after surgery!!!

Dr. Austin displays the Mini Far Infrared therapy device

Todd Austin, D.C. from Virden IL displays the Mini Far Infrared heat therapy device at his chiropractic clinic.

Austin slowly and hesitantly introduced the technology into his Chiropractic Cold Laser Therapy practice after that, not really sure at first how recovering from an inguinal hernia surgical repair in nearly half the time translated into helping out the chronic knee pain, shoulder pain, foot pain and back pain sufferers who he typically found himself treating on a daily basis in his clinic. Then in May 2014 he had a very tough peripheral neuropathy case. The patient was from Springfield and came to see Dr. Todd twice per week for about a month. This was such a tough case that both chiropractic adjustments and cold laser therapy were completely ineffective at providing any pain relief whatsoever, which is highly unusual. After a single 20 minute Far Infrared treatment, the patient noticed a difference as she stated “For the very first time in 14 years it feels like my leg is waking up, coming back to life, attempting to heal up”. After 3 visits she asked if she could purchase one saying “I see you twice per week for a 20 minute treatment. That’s 40 minutes per week. Wouldn’t it make more sense if I had one at home and used it daily?”. Dr. Todd couldn’t dispute her logic. These FIR mats sell for $710. Eugena signed up through the clinic to be a distributor so they could sell one to this nice lady who was experiencing such great benefit. After this, neither Todd nor Eugena were gun shy anymore about introducing FIR technology to others, especially after seeing how it essentially gave that lady her life back.

Eugena Austin with a Pro size FIR mat and pillow

Eugena Austin, LMT with a Pro size FIR mat and pillow at the clinic in Virden, IL

Then in October 2014, Dr. Todd decided he’d like to go about training other doctors as it pertains to implementing this amazing FIR technology into their practices as well. “We also train non-healthcare providers to use them as well, as many people buy the FIR mats to use daily at home.” stated Austin. Todd & Eugena held their 1st training event at their home last November. It went well and thus became a quarterly event which happens in March, May & August as well. The Austins usually cover the technology during the 4 hour event including how the FIR products are used, what conditions respond best to Far Infrared Thermotherapy, how the technology works, how to share the technology with laypersons, how to share the technology with other Doctors of Chiropractic, etc. They typically have from 1 to 3 guest speakers at these events as well.

Dr Todd with purple mini carrying case 8-29-15

Dr Todd with the purple mini carrying case at the Fall Midwest FIR Training on 8-29-15

The most recent event was another successful one with 13 attendees present on 8-29-15 from 3 different states! There were 4 folks in attendance from the Quad Cities (3 from Iowa), 3 from Indiana, 3 from the St. Louis metro east area and the remainder from central IL. The lone guest speaker for the Fall 2015 FIR Training Event was Mrs. Iva J. Jones from Nokomis, IL who spoke on “How To Successfully Introduce the Technology to Holistic Healthcare Providers”. Iva enjoys introducing chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, veterinarians and laypeople to FIR technology.

Iva Jones speaks at the 8-29-15 FIR Training Event.

Iva Jones from Nokomis spoke at the 8-29-15 FIR Training Event.

The next event, the Winter 2015 Midwest Far Infrared Training, will be held at the Virden Area Community Center on Saturday November 7th from 1 to 5 PM. It is a FREE event. For anyone planning to attend, please contact Dr. Todd at 217-965-3100 or draustin@royell.net to RSVP.

3 attendees look on as Dr. Todd gives a FIR Therapy demo.

3 attendees look on as Dr. Todd gives a FIR Heat Therapy demo at the 2015 Fall Midwest Training Event.

There was another exciting announcement at the event as Dr. Todd and Eugena were holding a contest for their distributors and customers. The contest went for 5 weeks and ended just 2 days before the Fall Training. They gave away nearly $1,500 worth of Far Infrared Thermotherapy devices. Winners were Iva Jones, Barb Callahan from Carlinville and Dr. Shane McConnell from the Cleveland, OH area.

The Austins are now training 42 other health and wellness care providers throughout the U.S. on FIR technology including 19 other Chiropractic Clinics.

Dr Austin Biobliss Dr Bemis

Dr Todd Austin lets Dr David Bemis from Alton, IL experience the Far Infrared BioBliss Experience on 8-29-2015 at the 2015 Fall FIR Training Event.

In related news, Austin Family Chiropractic will hold their next Light Night Event at the clinic on the West Side of the Virden Square at 6 PM on Thursday September 17th. It’s a free 75 minute informational event about both cold laser therapy and far infrared therapy. Dr. Todd will demonstrate both treatments on a patient, then everyone in attendance will get to try out a FIR mat. 5 seats remain. Please contact Todd or Eugena to RSVP for the September Light Night Event.

LightNight preview

At Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden, IL our next FREE Light Night happens on September 17th at 6 PM.

“Why don’t you ADVERTISE Cold Laser Therapy, like SPRINGFIELD KNEE PAIN does?”

This is a question I’ve been getting a lot from both my current and new patients lately, mainly in response to a competitors new website about Springfield Knee Pain at http://SpringfieldKneePain.com .

The conversation goes like this: “”Hey Dr. Todd, there’s some other new chiropractor in Springfield who is advertising cold laser therapy like crazy all of a sudden. How come I never see or hear you advertising that? I mean since I know it’s your niche and all. I thought you might want to keep up with the competition.”

Great question, BTW. There are 2 main reasons that I don’t advertise LLLT (low level laser therapy or cold laser therapy).

The primary one is because I JUST DON’T NEED TO! I’m not a fan at all when it comes to conventional advertising. The return on investment of newspaper, radio & TV is typically pathetic. The Doctor in question is spending about $800 a pop every time he runs a half page ad in the Springfield, IL STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER newspaper. That’s freaking nuts!!! And he spends at least as much bombarding the radio airwaves as well. I run a LOW STRESS, LOW OVERHEAD practice. It would take a veritable ton of $30 treatments to pay that character’s advertising bill. Ouch!!! So no wonder if you go to his site
SpringfieldKneePain.com, you’ll see that if you’re lucky enough to respond to his offer QUICK ENOUGH then you’ll get his $425 cold laser evaluation for only $60.

Geez, and here little old me charges only $35 cash pay price for what is probably a much more thorough evaluation. And to borrow a phrase from Walmart, “That’s our everyday low price” at Austin Family Chiropractic.

This fella in Springfield just bought his first pain relief cold laser in July 2013 after he came back into practice. Personally, I own 8 cold laser devices, and I’ve been using them for 8+ years, so I guarantee I could run rings around this cold laser therapy pain relief newbie with my army of laser devices. Trust me when I say this guy jumps from gimmick to gimmick. Just 6 months ago, he was the “LipoLaser Weight Loss Guy”, until his advertising practices landed him in hot water. BTW, he just came back into practice after losing his license back in 3/2013 for breaking advertising laws for which he had to pay a $5,000 fine. He’s now on indefinite probation until at least 6-30-2014 in case you were wondering. YIKES!!! And he’s not new. He’s got 16 black marks on his license, 9 of which occurred in the past 2 1/2 years, with others dating back to 1992. I don’t normally bash my fellow brothers and sisters in chiropractic, but this situation has BAD NEWS written all over it. Don’t believe me? Then please go to IL License Lookup and enter the following:

Profession: CHIROPRACTOR
Last name: PRICE
First Initial: K
Then click on the word SEARCH.

Then YOU BE THE JUDGE.

But I digress. I don’t need to ADVERTISE because I get a fairly steady stream of referrals for COLD LASER THERAPY from patients, Medical Doctors and other Chiropractors as well. I also get plenty of new Cold Laser Therapy patients from my gig as Official Team D.C. and Official Team Cold Laser Therapist of the 2012 MidStates Football League Eastern Conference Champion Springfield Foxes and my online presence as “central IL’s ‘Go To Guy’ for LLLT treatment and advice” as the creator & host of ColdLaser.TV, my online cold laser informational video blog. I’ve been educating the public via my ToddAustinDC YouTube Channel since 2009.

MY PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT is to either get every American citizen to an affordable and competent Cold Laser Therapy practitioner or to have them purchase their own LLLT device(s) to add to their 21st Century Medicine Cabinet for ‘at home’ use. See below video:

And secondly, I don’t advertise because advertising Cold Laser Therapy is just asking for trouble. This Springfield Doc is advertising his cold lasers specifically for “knee pain” and “peripheral neuropathy”. While it’s true that cold lasers can many times help those conditions (it happens daily in my office), in the U.S. we can only legally advertise a cold laser device for what it is FDA cleared (approved) for. For example, if a certain cold laser device is only FDA cleared for treating carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), it can only be advertised in the newspaper / on the TV / on the radio for treating, you guessed it, CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME. So it might well be said that this guy is foolishly putting himself out there as a sitting duck. In other words, he’s just asking to get his license yanked again.

Any bets how long it’ll be before Black Mark #17 goes on his record? SMH

So I hope I succeeded in answering your question about “Why I don’t ADVERTISE Cold Laser Therapy”. But here are a couple of my KNEE PAIN testimonial videos from my satisfied patients:

For the record the “Dr. Todd Austin Knee Pain Protocol” involves a combination of: chiropractic lower extremity work, cold laser therapy and nutritional supplements for improving weight-bearing joint health.

Yours in lighting up healthcare,

Todd Austin, D.C.
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