What is Laser Therapy?

Class IV laser therapy also known as low level or cold laser therapy delivers specific red and near infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body.  These effects include increased circulation, decreased swelling, reduction of pain, and enhanced tissue repair.  Laser therapy has been used in Europe since the 1970’s and was cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2002.

Laser Therapy Used in Conjunction with Other Treatments

Low level laser therapy is often used with other forms of treatment, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and even following surgery.  Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

About Laser Therapy

There are thousands of published scientific studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy.  Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.

What is Laser Therapy used to treat?

During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area.  This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.  As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.  

During laser therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane.  This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

Benefits of Laser Therapy

Class IV laser therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth.  Class IV laser therapy accelerates the healing process by decreasing inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation.  In the management of chronic and acute pain, Class IV laser therapy can provide dramatic results.

  • Tendinopathies

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Myofascial Trigger Points

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Neck Pain

  • Lower Back Pain

  • Rib Pain

  • Ligament Sprains

  • Muscle Strains

  • Repetitive Stress Injuries

  • Chondromalacia Patellae

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain

  • Increased quality of life and wellness

  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

  • Post-Traumatic Injury

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Diabetic Neuropathy

  • Deep Edema/Congestion

  • Sports Injuries

  • Auto & Work Related Injuries

Frequently Asked Questions About Cold Laser Therapy

Does Cold Laser Therapy hurt? What does a treatment feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment.  Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling.  Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

Are there any side effects of associated risks of Laser Therapy?

During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.

How often should a patient receive laser therapy?

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain.  More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.

How many laser therapy treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated.  For some acute conditions 4 to 6 treatments may be sufficient.  Those of a more chronic nature may require 6 or 12 (or more) treatments.  Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before results are felt from therapy?

You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment.  Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments.  This does not mean that the condition is not improving.  Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

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