What is low-level laser therapy?
Also known as cold laser, low-level laser therapy is a form of photo-therapy
used to stimulate tissue healing and provide pain management.
The laser uses focused red and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below
the surface of skin to enhance the body’s natural healing processes.
The biological effect of the low-level laser increases the production of cellular energy and thus;
1) promotes cellular regeneration,
2) promotes collagen production for tissue repair,
3) increases blood flow for improved circulation.
Light from the low-level laser also encourages production of the body's natural pain-relievers.
How does low-level laser work?
Photonic stimuli excite the body's cells infusing them with energy, with the three primary reactions being, reduction of inflammation, cell regeneration, and increased blood flow (circulation). Lasers penetrate the body into the cells and excite the mitochondria (the cells' "powerhouse" where 90% of the energy you use is derived) therefore creating "good" energy in the form of ATP (Adenosine-triphosphate) that promotes healing, circulation and rebuilding of the soft tissue and bone in the body.
How safe is low-level laser therapy?
Although the term "laser" may conjure up images of the high-powered version sometimes used in surgical settings, the low-level laser causes no temperature change to the patient during or after the treatment and there is no risk of burning. Protective eye wear is required during application of the low-level laser and one should not look directly at the laser light.
What conditions are most often treated with low-level laser therapy?
Low-level laser can be used to treat a myriad of conditions from wounds to sports injuries. It is an amazing therapy for musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains) and arthritis. It also helps to release tight muscles, stimulate nerve regeneration, reduce inflammation and aid in pain management.
Low-Level laser therapy is the treatment of choice for the following ailments:
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow
• Repetitive Stress Syndrome
• Rotator cuff injury
• Temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
• Ligament and tendon tears
• Fractures with associated soft tissue injuries
•Bulging and herniated discs
• Plantar fasciitis
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Bone spurs
• Spinal Stenosis
5) Other Applications
• Wound Healing (acute & chronic)
• Dermal ulcers caused by trauma, diabetes or poor circulation
• Dermatological: Eczemas, Acne, Psoriasis, Herpes
How can I benefit from low-level laser therapy?
The low-level laser not only speeds the healing process but affects the overall quality of the repaired tissue. Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries require increased collagen production for successful healing and the low-level laser stimulates this function. The light also increases vascular growth and dilation for improved circulation in joints that may have limited movement. The biochemical effect of the low-level laser boosts the body's production of endorphins. Low-level laser therapy is another great way to treat the source of the pain, thereby making it less likely that you will need additional pain reducing medication.
What is the history of low-level laser therapy in healthcare?
The first low-level laser was developed in 1960 and early testing showed an increase in the speed and overall success of the healing process when it was used. Originally used for wound repair, clinical trials done throughout the 1970's showed the applicability of the low-level laser in therapy to be more widespread than previously thought. The 1990's came with the invention of more powerful and effective versions of the cold laser, eventually increasing its popularity in the field of rehabilitation.
How successful is low-level laser therapy?
Because low-level laser therapy has a cumulative effect, for best results treatments should be done at the frequency recommended by your practitioner. Low-level laser therapy can be used in conjunction with other modalities or therapies.
What kind of laser therapy device is used?
This clinic uses the most progressive laser therapy device available, made by RJ Laser in Germany. RJ Laser has been making lasers for over 30 years. This low-level laser therapy system is approved by Health Canada and the FDA.
Are there any side effects ?
Unlike most pharmaceutical solutions and other therapeutic options, laser therapy is non-toxic and non-invasive. Some patients may experience tiredness after treatment. This is possibly due to the release of metabolites, but sometimes also to the fact that the treatment eases long standing pain,
A patient may experience pain the day after treatment. It occurs because an injury is " made acute" when the process of healing starts. This pain reaction is of a short term nature and is viewed as a positive sign.
Are there any contraindications for laser therapy?
Laser therapy should not be used in patients who are pregnant or on cancerous tumors, as it stimulates cell growth and does not differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells. We do not use laser therapy over the eye , thyroid , or other endocrine glands , or the head region in patients with epilesy.
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