Laser Therapy

Laser therapy works by sending billions of photons of light directly into the affected area of your body. Your body absorbs the light on a cellular level and then transforms it into chemical energy that is used to repair tissue damage. When tissue damage is repaired, inflammation and pain decrease and allows your body to regenerate and heal without the need for surgery.


What’s Laser Therapy Used for?


Doctors, dentists, physical therapists, and other medical professionals use cold laser or puled laser therapy in a variety of ways. The main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair and relief from pain and inflammation:


Minor Injuries and Sprains


Sports medicine and physical therapy practices often use cold laser or pulsed laser therapy in the treatment of minor injuries and sprains, such as: · ligament sprains · muscle strains · tendonitis · bursitis · tennis elbow · neck pain · lower back pain · knee pain · pain associated with muscle spasms It’s also used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue. Inflammation Dentists use cold lasers to treat inflamed tissues in the mouth and to heal ulcerations. Doctors use it to treat inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other chronic autoimmune diseases.


Aches and Pains


Pain clinics use pulsed laser or cold laser to help people with acute or chronic pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome.


Acupuncturists or other healthcare professionals use cold laser therapy for clients who are uncomfortable with needles. The low-level laser beams can stimulate your acupoints the same way needles do, but without piercing your skin.


Is Cold Laser Therapy for You?


The use of cold laser therapy is growing in traditional medical practice and as a complementary or alternative therapy. Cold laser therapy is considered safe when performed under the care of a doctor or qualified practitioner. On the plus side, it’s also noninvasive and painless. It doesn’t require medication or other preparation either. That being said, cold laser therapy shouldn’t be used on carcinomas or cancerous lesions. It should also be avoided on the thyroid or eyes for home use. Since the effect of cold laser therapy on unborn children is unknown, it’s suggested that pregnant women avoid this type of treatment.


One of the drawbacks of this therapy may be time. While each cold laser therapy session only takes a few minutes, it may take as long as a month (with as many as four treatments a week) before you can gauge its effectiveness.


It also may not be covered by your insurance.

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