Benefits of Laser Therapy
Laser Therapy is shown to be effective in the treatment of many pain syndromes.
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Laser Therapy can help treat Carpal tunnel, plantar faciitis, tennis elbow, back pain, and neck pain. These and many other concerns have been treated effectively with safe Cold Laser therapy. Laser is not a replacement for spinal care, but it is a safe and helpful partner in the tool bag to help patients feel better and heal.
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What is Laser Therapy? Can Laser Therapy help me..?
Basically, three things happen during Laser treatment. First, infrared laser therapy treatment helps reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance tissue healing—both in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, or even bones.
“When we look at the basic mechanism of how it works, we are enhancing the microcirculation. We are getting more red blood cells flowing to the area,”
“But it’s not just the arterial blood supply to the area. We are enhancing the venous and the lymphatic return. We’re also increasing oxygenation of those tissues. We are stimulating the hemoglobin molecule to dump off oxygen at the treatment site. That increases the oxygenation of those tissues.”
How does laser work?
Finally, the Laser treatment stimulates the cytochrome oxidase enzyme in the cells’ mitochondria. This is really one of the key discoveries in the whole science of laser therapy. Specifically, injured cells are targeted because damaged cells are more readily accepting of photons of light. Whereas healthy cells don’t need this extra energy.
“By stimulating the cytochrome oxidase enzyme, we are utilizing that oxygen in the respiratory chain inside of the mitochondria. This produces more ATP for that cell. So regardless of what kind of cell it is, it’s going to function at a higher level. Now, we are not turbocharging. We’re not making your body do anything that it could not normally do. We’re just facilitating the process. We are helping those cells produce the energy that they normally would. Then they can function as they normally should,”
Now, lasers are also used in other areas of medicine, specifically in surgical interventions where they’re used for cutting, removing tattoos, and a lot of other dermatological applications. But the Cold Laser does not do that. The Cold Laser can produce up to 15 watts, and the laser light is allowed to diffuse to a spot size about that of a quarter, whereas hot lasers, the ones used for surgical cutting, are closer to 100 watts. The laser light is focused to a tiny spot size.
“The interaction that we’re getting in the body with the Cold Laser is called a photochemical reaction,” “By shining that light on a tissue, we are getting that ATP energy produced, whereas your surgical lasers, hair removal lasers, or tattoo removal lasers, are designed to cut or ablate the tissues. They have a very, very high-powered density, a very high concentration on that laser.”
You can have the best diet and exercise program in the world, but as most of us are painfully aware, it doesn’t take much to develop an injury from an accident that you were not responsible for. Many times surgery will be recommended to repair or replace joints. There are certainly many times when surgery is appropriate and needs to be performed and we should be VERY grateful we have access to this tool. More often than not it is inappropriately recommended because of lack of awareness of other effective options, including the healing power of lasers.
The laser is typically a tiny fraction of the cost of surgery and virtually has no side effects, unlike surgery. Cold laser therapy can be effectively combined with a number of other treatment modalities, including various soft tissue mobilization techniques.
When a person has a bulging or a herniated disc, by running the laser on the lower back, we are reducing the inflammation internally. We are reducing the cytokines (the tissue irritants in the body). We are helping to stimulate the blood flow in the area to help that decompression treatment help to heal up that damaged disc. Another interesting area – this is one that we’re just at the forefront of – is both human and animal practitioners are using the laser together with either the platelet-rich plasma injections or with stem cell therapy. We’re just at the beginning of discovering the benefits of those things together.”
Examples of the types of injuries that this kind of laser therapy can be helpful for may include:
Acute injuries, such as strains, sprains, and shoulder injuries
Repetitive-use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Traumatic injuries, such as post-motor vehicle accident with cervical strain/sprain
Chronic issues such as frozen shoulder and arthritis
To me, at this point in time, it would almost be medical negligence bordering on medical malpractice not to try laser treatment before prescribing drugs or surgery. We know Vioxx killed 60,000 people, and that was just an anti-inflammatory, which doesn’t in any way, shape, or form treat the cause of the problem. It was just a symptomatic band aid that killed 60,000 people. Similarly, the effects of surgery are typically irreversible, for better or worse.
See below for very detailed description of how Laser Therapy can work for you to relieve pain and speed the healing process.
Edited By Author on December 10, 2016.
Related topics: Klaser, Cold laser, LightForce Laser, Near infrared therapy.
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