Also known as cold laser, low-level laser therapy uses light to stimulate tissue healing and pain relief. Laser therapy has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, nerve problems, neck/back pain and wounds. There are over 300 clinical research articles published on the effectiveness of laser therapy in healing.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
We can see in nature that all plants and trees absorb sunlight to grow and thrive. This process is called photosynthesis. Our human cells have this similar ability to absorb “low-level laser light” and produce energy for the cell. This energy is used to stimulate and enhance the repair process in the body.
How is Laser Therapy Done?
Low Level laser therapy is painless. Specialized lights are placed on the area of injury for a set amount of time. The average length of treatment is 30 minutes and patients may be seated or lying down.
Does Low Level Laser Therapy Really Work?
Acute conditions often heal quickly and completely. Chronic conditions can take longer (on average 8-12 treatments), but the alternatives are usually surgery or pain medication.
What Conditions Respond Best to Low Level Laser Therapy?
- Acute Injuries: muscle & tendon tears, fractures, sports & car injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff tears
- Inflammatory conditions: tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis
- Wounds: diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds
Goals of Low Level Laser Therapy
- Elimination of pain
- Reduce the need for medication
- Restore normal range of motion
Improve quality of life
Advantages of Low Level Laser Therapy
- No side effects
- Safe with pace makers and metal implants