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.

Austin Family Chiropractic celebrates 10-yr Anniversary of Utilizing Cold Laser Therapy!

This month, Dr. Todd Austin of Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden, IL celebrates 10 years of bringing the healing power of LIGHT to central Illinoisans via the state-of-the-art healing modality known as COLD LASER THERAPY.

It all started for #DrTodd back in June 2004 when he first saw a demonstration on Cold Laser Therapy while at a Chiropractic seminar. He was thoroughly impressed and his interest was peaked! At that time, getting started with Cold Laser devices suitable for clinical use was an expensive proposition which required spending a minimum of $4,000 and quite often much more. So Dr. Todd saved up the money over the following 13 months while learning all that he could about Cold Laser Therapy (aka Low Level Laser Therapy or simply LLLT) and investigating which laser units would be best for taking care of his patients in his Central IL chiropractic wellness practice.

Here Dr. Todd lasers a gentleman for severe chronic hand pain.

Dr. Austin cold lasering a patient's hand for arthritic pain.

Dr. Todd Austin performing cold laser therapy on a patient’s hand for pain associated with arthritis.


And here’s his testimonial video.

On July 15th, 2005, Austin Family Chiropractic’s first 3 cold laser units arrived. Within a couple of weeks, Dr. Todd was using them regularly on many new and established patients and getting some amazing results! To date, Dr. Todd has performed over 21,000 cold laser treatments over the past decade. 85% of his LLLT patients experience noticeable pain relief within 3 to 4 hours of even their 1st treatment (with or without chiropractic care). Dr. Todd has since developed a great reputation for using his various lasers to deal with chronic pain and enjoys getting tough cases referred to him specifically for LLLT by other chiropractors in Carlinville, Chatham, Jacksonville & Springfield as well as some Springfield M.D.s.

Here Dr. Austin is performing cold laser therapy on a gentleman with painful foot neuromas that his podiatrist really couldn’t help him with.

Cold Laser Therapy for foot neuroma

LLLT for a painful foot neuroma performed by Dr. Todd


See that Painful Foot Neuroma testimonial video here:

Here is a testimonial video from M.J. Hers was the very 1st tough shoulder case that Dr. Todd solved with his Cold Lasers in July of 2005.

And here Kelly who calls Dr. Todd’s cold lasers his “Magic Wands” talks about how a combination of light force chiropractic care and LLLT saved her from neck surgery.

Then in 2010, Dr. Todd formed a Cold Laser Consulting business where he trains other holistic doctors around the United States and Canada how to successfully implement LLLT into their practices without breaking the bank. He has successfully trained a few dozen clients mainly fellow Doctors of Chiropractic along with some M.D.s, P.T.s and Massage Therapists throughout 15 states and 2 provinces since that time.

Here are a couple of testimonials from other healthcare providers:

Cold Laser Consulting testimonial from 2015-02

Here is one of Dr. Todd’s Cold Laser Consulting testimonials from a Canadian client.

One of Dr. Todd's Cold Laser Consulting testimonials

Here is one of Dr. Todd’s Cold Laser Consulting testimonials from a Georgia D.C.

Since 2005 Dr. Todd has added several cold laser units to his practice as the technology has continued to change. For example in professional hockey the past 6 Stanley Cup Championship teams (Chicago Blackhawks 3 times, L.A. Kings twice & Boston Bruins once) have all benefited from their Team Trainers using LLLT to both treat and prevent injuries of all sorts. Dr. Todd now utilizes the same laser devices those teams all use in addition to several other units as well.

In 2011, Dr. Todd & his wife Eugena B. Austin Licensed Massage Therapist joined the Springfield Foxes semipro football team sideline healthcare staff with Todd serving as Official Team Chiropractic Physician and Cold Laser Therapist. They spent 5 seasons with the team from 2011 through 2015. Some game nights, Dr. Todd cold lasered upwards of 15 to 20 players on the sidelines while caring for a variety of sports injuries (calf sprains, torn hamstrings, turf toe, Achilles sprains, a plethora of knee and shoulder injuries, pain associated with a fractured wrist or hand, elbow contusions, lumbago, sciatica, stingers, etc.).

cold lasering a calf sprain

Dr. Todd Austin cold lasering a calf sprain injury on a semipro athlete.

From the looks of this photo, you might assume that Dr. Todd was cold lasering this young man for a shoulder injury. You would be wrong. See the video below to find out what Travis, a semipro football player, was actually being lasered for.

Cold Lasering an upper extremity issue

Dr. Austin uses Cold Laser Therapy for an upper extremity issue on a football player.


Due to Dr. Todd’s work with the Foxes as Official Team Cold Laser Therapist from 2013 to 2015, he’s had the wonderful opportunity to help players who have had serious knee injuries (torn ACL, MCL, Medial Meniscus and/or patellar tendon) pre and post-surgically along with some of the finest Sports Medicine M.D.s and Orthopedic Surgeons in the area. One player who suffered a torn ACL was actually in the clinic getting his knee cold lasered less than 72 hours after his ACL repair surgery! He returned to play at 100% in just 7 1/2 months, which is outstanding.

72 hour post-surgical LLLT for ACL repair

72 hours after an ACL repair surgery, Dr. Todd is using his cold lasers to speed up the healing process.

Here’s his testimonial video:

In 2013, Dr. Todd & Eugena also added another form of healing LIGHT therapy to their clinical offerings, that being Biomat far infrared (FIR) thermotherapy. FIR is another state-of-the-art therapy which totally compliments LLLT. Dr. Todd originally used a far infrared mat to help him recover from an inguinal hernia surgical repair in nearly half the time his surgeon told him it would take. Then more recently, one of Dr. Todd & Eugena’s daughters utilized the same FIR technology to recover from her emergency appendectomy in just one third of the time her surgeon told them it would take her!

For more informational or to find out if Cold Laser Therapy and / or Biomat therapy could help you, please call Dr. Todd or Eugena at 217-965-3100 or email draustin@royell.net . Please also find and follow them on facebook to find out when their next informational Light Night event will be. At Light Night Dr. Todd & Eugena demonstrate a cold laser treatment on a patient, Gena discusses how Light Therapy assisted her with her 80 lb weight loss, they let all attendees try out a Biomat and they explain the Light therapy technologies. The program then concludes with a Q & A session. It’s a FREE event with is held periodically on Thursday nights at their clinic. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming Light Nights.

LightNight preview

Light Night preview at Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden, IL