What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.
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Understanding Laser Therapy
If you have an acute musculoskeletal injury or suffer from a chronic or degenerative condition, you can benefit from laser therapy. The energy will penetrate the tissue, interacting with and restoring cells to normal function. It will:
- Promote natural healing
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce pain
- Improve your range of motion and flexibility
- Reduce your need for pain medication
- Lower your chances of needing surgery
Phototherapy is a type of modality that uses light energy (photons) to promote healing damaged tissue and reduces pain. This is also known as laser and light therapy, low level laser therapy, cold (or soft) laser therapy, low energy laser therapy, or simply laser therapy.
This light energy can be produced by either Laser, LED or SLD or diodes.
How Laser Therapy Works
How laser therapy works is the light produced penetrates the skin, absorbing into the mitochondria. The light energy is then naturally converted into bio-chemical energy, which actively restores cellular function.
Effects of Laser and Light Therapy
Laser and light therapy has a lot of positive effects, greatly improving your health in many ways.
- Increased circulation
- Reduced or eliminated pain (acute and chronic)
- Reduced swelling and inflammation
- Stimulated or improved nerve function
- Strengthened or repaired bone or soft tissue
- Increased mobility and muscle function
What is the Course of Treatment?
How long each laser session takes will be determined on a case by case basis. The size and extent of the injury will be a deciding factor as well. Do you have acute or chronic pain? Treatment times will vary greatly based on the severity of the problem and the affected area on the body. Laser treatments appointments are on average 15-20 minutes long, but the effects can last up to 24 hours after treatment. The number of sessions you will require to see results is also dependent on how severe your case is and how well you respond to the treatment.
Is Laser Therapy Safe?
Yes. The only people who should not receive laser therapy are pregnant women – particularly over the womb area and cancer patients. We will not use the laser near on directly on your eyes. Please provide us with an accurate list of any current medications you are on, as some photo-sensitive medications will cause a reaction with the laser. If you are concerned, speak to your medical doctor before starting treatment.
Conditions Treated by Laser Therapy
Want to know if you’re a prime candidate for laser and light therapy? Based on extensive research and studies, the following conditions can be treated by laser therapy:
- Arthritis (both osteo and rheumatoid)
- Bone fractures
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Inflammatory conditions (such as tendonitis and bursitis)
- Muscle tension/spasms
- Orthopaedic implants
- Post-operative neuralgia
- Soft tissue injuries (strains, sprains, etc.)
- Swelling and edema
Laser Therapy Can Help Treat Your Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Neck Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Rib Pain
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Chondromalacia Patellae
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
- Post-Traumatic Injury
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Sports Injuries
- Auto & Work Related Injuries