What is Laser Therapy?
It is a non-invasive therapy which involves the use of laser energy to generate a photochemical response in dysfunctional tissue. It is a drug-free and surgery-free procedure to diminish pain and associated symptoms. Specific wavelength of light is used to create remedial effects.
How does it work for pain?
It stimulates the natural healing mechanisms of the body by repairing injured tissues and providing effective pain relief. Photons of light penetrate into the skin and are absorbed by chromophores. Absorption of photons cause enhanced production of cellular energy. Laser therapy provides more energy to the cells within damaged or injured areas to accelerate healing. This phenomenon is called bio stimulation. Laser energy boosts the circulation and ATP production which draws oxygen, water and other nutrients to affected area. As a result, normal function is restored to the damaged area and pain is relieved.
How many treatments may be required?
Acute conditions may require daily sessions if followed by significant pain and chronic conditions, requiring 2 to 3 procedures per week for better response. Otherwise, the number of treatments depends on the extent of pain or problem. Typically, 1 to 2 treatments are sufficient for most acute conditions.
Which conditions can be treated with Laser Therapy?
Conditions that cause acute or chronic pain can be effectively treated with laser therapy. These conditions include plantar fasciitis, repetitive strain injuries, strains and sprains, acute and chronic conditions, foot and knee pain, muscle and joint pain, sports injuries, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, arthritis, neck and back pain.
Are there any side effects of Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is being used by health care professionals worldwide for more than 20 years and very few side effects have been reported by patients. It is extremely safe therapy for pain management. It has no side effects when applied properly by extremely trained professionals. Minor muscle stiffness can be felt after therapy.