Photo – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Shingles, also called Herpes Zoster, is a very painful, blistering rash. Shingles can be on the torso or face and is usually one-sided. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). The same virus that causes chicken pox. The most feared part of the infection is the excruciating pain that accompanies the rash called Post-herpetic neuralgia.

Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken-pox virus. The virus lays dormant in our body often for decades. Stress can trigger a reactivation. It is more common in people with weakened immune systems, in people on steroid medications, and people over 50.

What can you do to help with shingles pain?

To speed up healing of the rash, alleviate the pain and avoid chronic post-herpetic neuralgia, Laser Therapy has shown to be extremely effective. Current medical treatment includes narcotic pain medications that can lead to addiction. Laser therapy is safe and non-addictive.

Laser therapy uses red and infrared light for the relief of pain, to accelerate healing, and decrease inflammation. The laser light emitting pads are placed against the skin so that the photons penetrate about 1 inch and get absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of the cell. This energy fuels many positive physiological responses resulting in the restoration of normal cell growth and function.

  • Stimulates Healing and Repair of Tissue
  • Increases Tissue Strength
  • Reduces Pain
  • Reduces Swelling/Inflammation
  • Promotes faster healing
  • Stimulates nerve function
  • Non- addictive

Here is what some of our patients say:

“Want to start off by saying how the staff made me feel very welcome, upon arrival, when I walked in the front door the first thing I saw was “Welcome Treven”, that blew me out of the ball park.  Once inside, Sarah was so awesome and so knowledgeable of her job, she greeted me by my first name and I felt such a personal one on one experience.  She gave me a tour of the office and that was when she introduced me to Dr. and Mrs. Cruz intimately known as Lesia.  They took me inside and sat me down and allowed me to explain to them why I was there.  10 months ago I came down with an excruciating headache that knocked me off my feet, didn’t know what was going on, after 3 days I went to the ER, unfortunately in the Bahamas where I am from, I was not diagnosed immediately and after 9 days of excruciating pain, I was told I had Shingles of the eye unfortunately by that time the damaged had already began neurologically.  That’s where my “journey” began.  I stayed in the hospital for one week when the doctors told me they had done all they could for me, I was sent home with this problem that changed my entire life.  I never knew pain like the pain I had encountered with this disease, I thought it would be easier to just lay down and die.  After trying all avenues of Dr.’s visits, medications, treatments, therapies, domestically and internationally, I had given completely up.  I went in to a deep dark place where I didn’t want to be associated with anyone so I resorted to much prayer and looking for help that I thought was not there for me.  After 9 months I ran across the Cruz Life Center website.  I started off by reading the blogs and I realized there was a ray of hope for me and I started researching their techniques of Laser Therapy for pain associated with Shingles.  I called their facility and spoke with Sarah who arranged a consultation over the phone with Dr. Cruz and Lesia and they told me that I was a candidate for Laser Treatment.  I will say to date, I have received a total of 20 treatments and upon the very first treatment I started feeling relief.  I have 4 treatments left and I am beginning to feel like my old self again.  I want to thank God first and foremost for directing me to such wonderful, professional and personable people, they make a “GREAT” team together and I must say, Lesia’s hands are magical.  I would highly recommend the Cruz Life Center to anyone that is struggling with any ailments or pain.”

…TD, Bahamas


“On January 17th I was diagnosed with shingles from the middle of my spine wrapping around to my belly button.  Shingles has been the single most painful thing that I have ever experienced.  I was unable to work, do my everyday chores, go to church, and play with my grandchildren or drive.  Pain was in control of my life and it was devastating.  On February 12, I began laser therapy for my shingles.  After 6 treatments the shingles were cleared and my pain was gone except for a light sting when the area was touched.  After 15 days the pain was completely gone.  I recommend laser therapy to every one; don’t wait until the pain takes control of your life.  You will be surprise at the results and you will enjoy your visit with the friendly staff.”

…Angie Weatherman