The Healing Benefits of Laser Therapy
Do you wear long sleeves, sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun? Despite the highly publicized hazards of sunlight exposure, using sunlight as a healing therapy dates back to ancient civilizations in Egypt, Greece and Rome, when individuals would sunbathe to heal certain conditions.
Today, the sun is not the only source for healing light. Targeted light therapies, such as deep tissue laser therapy, actually amplify the healing potential of light – without the risk of sunburn or skin cancer – to treat a variety of conditions.
Low-powered therapy lasers, also know as cold lasers, have been used in the United states since 2002. Prior to 2002, these cold lasers have been used in Europe and Asia for the past several decades. However, in recent years technological advancements have led to the development of higher-powered deep tissue therapy lasers, which produce even better results than lower-powered cold lasers. Deep tissue therapy lasers have been shown to benefit people with acute and chronic pain and inflammation.
Laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation. Photons enter the tissue and interact with the cytochrome c complex within mitochondria. This interaction triggers a biological cascade of events that leads to an increase in cellular metabolism and a decrease in both pain and inflammation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirable side effects.
It is also important to point out that patients report long-lasting pain relief. While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the acuity of the condition, many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments.
When treating acute conditions with laser therapy, it is particularly effective when it is administered as soon as possible following injury (assuming there is no active hemorrhaging).The faster the inflammation is reduced and the healing process can begin, the better. In the case of acute injury, laser therapy helps restore the body to normal function quicker.
With chronic conditions, deep tissue laser therapy is used most often to help combat persistent pain and inflammation. Most patients typically notice immediate improvements after one treatment. However, for maximum benefit, multiple treatments are typically recommended. Most acute symptoms will require about five laser therapy treatments, while chronic conditions can take up to 10 treatments or more for total resolution.
Studies have shown that the following benefits are associated with laser therapy:
- Improves and promotes healing and tissue repair
- Advanced reduction in pain and spasm
- Increases joint flexibility and range of motion
- Reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis
- Improves peripheral microcirculation
- Detoxifies and eliminates trigger points
- Inflammation reduction
- Faster recovery time
- Increased circulation
- Immune stimulation
- Muscle relaxation
- Improved vascular activity
- Accelerated cell reproduction and growth
- Stimulation of nerve regeneration
- Increased metabolic activity
- Faster recovery from nerve injury
- Reduced pain in post-herpetic neuralgia
- Injury healing is faster and of better quality (stronger tissues)
What do you feel when you get laser therapy? Most people feel a soothing warmth when receiving deep tissue laser therapy. It’s typically a comfortable, relaxing experience.
LightForce deep tissue therapy lasers have been FDA cleared and clinically proven to help decrease pain and inflammation, and promote healing. LightForce is the brand of laser preferred by professional athletic trainers and the Olympic teams. LightForce Lasers are class IV therapy lasers – meaning they are 150 times more powerful than most class III cold lasers. This increase in power allows for quicker treatment times, and faster results.
So, take the time to enjoy the benefits of deep tissue laser therapy to help you, your loved ones or friends to feel better without the use of as many drugs or possible surgery.
For more information, call Jensen Chiropractic at 775-323-1222 or visit www.AETChiropractic.com.