What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses focused light to stimulate a process called photobiomodulation (PBM). During PBM, photons enter the tissue and trigger a biological cascade of events that leads to an increase in cellular metabolism, which can decrease pain and inflammation and accelerate the healing process. This lasting pain relief treatment has been cleared by the FDA since 2003 and offers a safe alternative to medicine and surgery. Laser therapy is endorsed by the World Health Organization, the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Association for the Study of Pain®.
What are the benefits of laser therapy?
Acceleration of tissue repair and wound healing
Improved nerve conduction
Waste removal from damaged tissue
Deliverance of important healing agents
As physical therapists, our goal is to reduce inflammation as quickly as possible so that the body’s natural healing process can begin. This allows us to begin restoring range of motion and normal function of the body. Laser therapy accomplishes this goal by quickly working to reduce pain and inflammation through the activation of a chemical in the body called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels in the body which improves circulation in the damaged tissue, delivering oxygen, vital sugars, proteins, and salts while removing wastes.
What conditions does laser therapy treat?
Experience Pain Relief and Reduced Inflammation associated with:
Soft Tissue Damage
And Much More...
What does laser therapy feel like?
Laser therapy treatments must be administered directly to skin, as clothing or topical dressings interfere with delivering light to tissues beneath the skin. The application is painless. Patients will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. Many patients receiving LightForce Therapy Laser treatments report enjoying the experience, especially when the massage ball treatment head is used to deliver what is often referred to as a “laser massage.” Patients receiving treatments with higher-power lasers also frequently report a rapid decrease in pain. For someone suffering from chronic pain, this effect can be particularly pronounced.
How long do laser therapy treatments last?
With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 4-8 minutes, depending on the size, depth, and chronicity of the condition being treated. High-power lasers are able to deliver a lot of energy in a small amount of time, allowing therapeutic dosages to be achieved quickly.
How many laser therapy treatments will I need?
Patients generally see results after 3 to 6 treatments in conjunction with a regular physical therapy regimen. Clinicians will develop specific plans of care based on the diagnosis and the tissues that are involved. Chronic conditions often require more therapy than acute.
5 Reasons You’ll Love Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
It Works. The number 1 reason you will love laser therapy? It works! When you are suffering from a painful injury or condition, deep tissue laser therapy can provide powerful pain relief, promote tissue repair, and reduce swelling– even when other therapies have failed.
It’s Fast. Deep tissue laser therapy treatments are very fast – typically lasting between 4-8 minutes, depending on the size of the area treated. The results are often fast too, with many patients reporting pain relief and improved range of motion after the very first treatment.
It Lasts. The therapeutic benefits of deep tissue laser therapy extend far beyond the treatment itself. After each treatment, patients can expect notable pain relief, with the effects lasting longer after each treatment.
It’s Safe. Deep tissue laser therapy can be used on most patients with minimal contraindications. With over 1 million treatments performed worldwide each month, it offers a safe alternative to opioid pain killers and surgical intervention in many cases.
It’s Proven. There is a significant body of evidence supporting the use of deep tissue laser therapy as both an adjunct and a standalone treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. From head to toe, researchers have concluded that laser therapy is effective for reducing pain, increasing range of motion and improving overall quality of life for patients suffering from many common and difficult-to-treat conditions