The word ‘laser’ brings up a few thoughts in most people; some people think LASIK surgery in which lasers are used to reshape the cornea of the eye. Other people think of their favorite Sci-Fi movie. The topic of today’s post is therapeutic laser therapy, used by chiropractors and physical therapists.
What exactly is laser therapy? Laser therapy is a form of light, but it is different than the white light emitted from a light bulb. When light is emitted as a single coherent wavelength, where the waves travel parallel to each other, it is called a laser. When laser therapy is applied to certain tissues of the body, the body absorbs the photons(light energy) and can accelerate the body’s normal healing processes.
When applied as a treatment, lasers have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation as well as stimulate nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation and immune system response. Lasers have no affect on normal tissues because photons of light are only absorbed by the cells that need them.
Laser therapy is a safe, pain-free treatment which only takes a few minutes per visit. Injuries treated with laser therapy heal faster as it has a positive effect on tissue repair. There are several pain syndromes that respond well to laser therapy to include the following: bursitis, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, low back pain, and muscle spasms, to name a few.
Contact our office to learn about how laser therapy may be of benefit to you and any health related challenges you are currently facing.Schedule an Appointment