Laser therapy is a drug-free, non-surgical modality used for treatment of acute or chronic pain. Class IV “high powered” laser therapy utilizes photons, or light energy, to penetrate deep to damaged tissues effecting biological and chemical reactions at the cellular level.
Laser therapy floods the tissues with photons thereby energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This produces a cascade of healing responses in your body, reducing inflammation, and minimizing or even eliminating your pain. And, although the treatment sessions are brief, the therapeutic effect continues to soothe and heal long after you leave the office.
Class IV Laser Therapy Promotes:
- Increased Circulation
- Immune Stimulation
- Muscle Relaxation
- Improved Vascular Activity
- Accelerated Cell Reproduction and Growth
- Stimulation of Nerve Regeneration
- Increased Cellular Energy (ATP) Production
- Increased Metabolic Activity
How it works?
Our cells have photoreceptors that, when triggered by photons, activate a number of biological reactions such as DNA/RNA synthesis, increased ATP production, blood and lymphatic vessel vasodilation, protein and collagen synthesis and cellular proliferation. These biological reactions occur naturally in the body, however laser therapy enhances and accelerates these reactions, thereby speeding up the healing process and reducing recovery time.
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.
Laser therapy can be provided as a standalone treatment or incorporated into a more comprehensive rehabilitation program. Laser therapy treatments last between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the condition being treated. Treatment must be administered directly to the skin, as laser light cannot penetrate through layers of clothing.
Treatments are administered using the hand wand which focuses the laser light directly on the skin, through either a contact or non-contact head piece. You will feel a soothing warmth as the tissues absorb the light beginning the 18-24 hour process of modulated cellular activity.
Although each individual will respond differently to treatment, most patients will start to see results within 3 to 5 treatments. Your doctor will develop a treatment plan that is optimal for your condition.