HOW DOES LASER THERAPY WORK?

 

Laser Therapy is the use of laser energy to create therapeutic effects. Research has shown that these effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.

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When laser light is absorbed by living tissue, it triggers biological reactions in the cells. Chemical substances are produced, released and carried by blood and lymphatic flow to other parts of the system. In this way the effects of cold laser light create broad systemic effects.

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In the United States, Laser Therapy has only been approved for the treatment of pain. However, although pain treatment is the most common use of laser, there are many other problems that are treated successfully with laser therapy. Research on humans and animals document:

 

  • Reduction in pain by causing production of natural pain killer endorphins.

  • Reduction in inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes that create swelling, redness, pain and heat.

  • Enhanced lymphatic drainage, which increases circulation and reduces swelling.

  • Release of tight muscles that create chronic pain, joint problems and decreased mobility.

  • Faster bone repair by stimulating fibroblastic and osteoblastic proliferation.

Tuner, J., & Hode, L. (2010). The New Laser Therapy Handbook.

Grangesberg, Sweden: Prima Books

 

 

 

 

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Sciatica

  • Jaw Pain/TMJ

  • Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Whiplash

  • Headaches & Migraines

  • Herniated Disc

  • Arthritis

  • Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Tendinitis

  • Sprains/Strains

  • Back and Neck Pain

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Muscle Pain

  • Plantar Faciitis

Turner, J., & Hode L. (2010). The New Laser Therapy Handbook. Grangesberg, Sweden: Prima Books

Q & A

WHAT CONDITIONS DOES IT TREAT

Q: IS COLD LASER THERAPY PAINFUL?

A: No, Low level lasers do not generate perceivable heat. Therefore, when the laser contacts the skin, the patient experiences no warmth or burning as a result of the laser. Most people feel nothing at all while a few may feel a slight tingling during treatment.

 

Q:HAS LASER THERAPY BEEN PROVEN?

A: There are more than 3000 scientific research studies on laser therapy. These investigations verify  the value and effectiveness of laser therapy.

 

Q: HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED

A: A patient usually comes in for a treatment several times a week. The number of treatments can range anywhere from 2 to 20, depending on the nature and severity of the condition.

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