Laser Therapy, or "photobiomodulation", is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
Cellular & Therapeutic Effects
Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy occur when photons of therapeutic laser light interact with cells. Higher adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) levels are produced, cell membrane permeability is increased, and blood and lymphatic vessels are vasodilated. These events then lead to a cascade of beneficial effects increasing cellular energy and health.
Laser Therapeutic Effects
During each treatment, laser energy increases circulation drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
•Improved Vascular Activity
•Accelerated Cell Reproduction and Growth
•Stimulation of Nerve Regeneration
•Increased Metabolic Activity
Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue, enhance repair and growth, and decrease inflammation and pain. When it comes to pain management, Laser treatments are very safe and may provide dramatic results.
•Improves and promotes healing
•Reduces pain and spasm
•Increases joint flexibility
•Reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis
•Improves peripheral microcirculation
•Detoxifies and eliminates trigger points
•Advanced pain relief
•Reduced muscle spasms
•Faster recovery time
How many laser sessions are necessary?
The number of sessions will depend on the exact diagnosis, age and overall health status of the patient, as well as other factors. In general, acute conditions can be treated more frequently and require fewer visits, with chronic conditions usually requiring more visits, at a lesser frequently. The effects of Laser treatments are cumulative.
Patients may experience significant pain relief very quickly - it is important to follow through with care in order to benefit from the biostimulative properties of therapeutic laser light.
Are there any safety risks associated with Class IV laser therapy?
Laser treatments are extremely safe when applied by a Laser certified, properly trained professional. Therapeutic Laser treatments are safe to deliver directly over metal implants, over broken skin, and on acute injuries.
Is there any pain or side effects associated with Class IV laser therapy?
The Laser should be painless and has no side effects when applied by a Laser certified, properly trained professional. During treatment, the patient experiences no pain - there is no heat, burning, or side effects.
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