You may have heard of laser therapy, but what is it exactly? Laser therapy is a type of light therapy that uses low-level lasers or LEDS to stimulate the cells and promote healing. It is used to treat a variety of conditions and can provide pain relief, reduce inflammation, and speed up healing time.
When Is Laser Therapy Needed?
Laser therapy is often used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, and can be used when other treatments have not been effective. It is a non-invasive and painless treatment option that has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy works by delivering light energy to the cells in the body. This energy is absorbed by the cells and converts into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the energy that cells use to function. This process stimulates the cells and helps to repair damaged tissue. Most laser treatments last between 5 and 10 minutes, and most patients experience relief after just a few sessions.
What Does Laser Therapy Treat?
Laser therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain relief, wound healing, and dermatological conditions. It is a non-invasive alternative to surgery or medication and has very few side effects. Laser therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, such as:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Joint and muscle pain
Benefits of Laser Therapy
There are many benefits of laser therapy, including:
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced pain
- Stimulated cell growth
- Increased circulation
- Faster healing time
Is Laser Therapy Safe?
Yes, laser therapy is safe for the vast majority of people. There are very few side effects associated with laser therapy, and those that do occur are usually mild and temporary. The most common side effects include:
Professional Laser Therapy vs At Home Devices
One common question we get asked is whether at–home devices are just as effective as professional laser therapy treatments. The short answer is no! At–home devices are not as powerful as professional laser therapy treatments and will not provide the same results. They are also not as effective because they cannot penetrate as deeply into the tissue. Professional laser therapy treatments are administered by trained professionals who know how to properly use the equipment. If you are considering laser therapy for your condition, we recommend seeking out a qualified provider.
Considering Laser Therapy For Yourself?
Laser therapy is a type of light therapy that uses low level lasers or LEDS to stimulate cells and promote healing. It is used to treat a variety of conditions and can provide pain relief, reduce inflammation, speed up healing time, and more. If you are considering laser therapy for your acute or chronic condition, contact Eastern Therapy PT, OT, & Speech for a functional evaluation!