What is Laser Therapy?
Physical therapy is associated mostly with different forms of exercises, modalities or manual therapy. By using them, physical therapists work at the level of soft tissues and joints. Cold laser therapy, known also as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), works at the level of the cells by increasing the energy that cells need to regenerate, stimulate and speed up the recovery of tissues affected by damage or illness.
Low-level lasers send cold light through skin layers to the soft tissue to stimulate blood flow and cell metabolism. The laser light directs bio-stimulating energy to the precise location of the body’s injured cells, where the cells absorb and transform this energy into chemical energy essential for tissue repair, which promotes natural healing and pain relief.
Benefits of Laser Therapy:
- Relieves acute and chronic pain
- Increases speed and quality of soft tissue repair
- Increases blood circulation and supply
- Stimulates immune functions
- Stimulates nerve functions
- Stimulates generation of new and healthy tissue
- Promotes faster wound healing
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases recovery time after injuries and surgeries
What does cold laser treatment look like?
The procedure is absolutely noninvasive. It is also entirely free of pain, as well as other sensations, such as temperature changes, vibrations, or perception of any associated sounds.
All that the patients feel during the – on average – several minutes long procedure, is the small, hand-held device over the targeted area. No preparations of any type are needed for the treatment; neither are there any preparatory restrictions, or requirements. The actual time of each treatment session depends on the cold laser light dosage, predetermined by the therapist, as well as the size of the area receiving the treatment.
Laser therapy offers a safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions:
- Soft tissue injuries including traumatic, inflammatory and overuse: Muscle Tears, Sprains and Strains, Hematomas (Bruises), Tendonitis and Other Tendinopathies, Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Carpal Tunnel
- Arthritic Conditions, Including Both Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
- Post-surgical orthopedic rehab
- Musculoskeletal injuries (work, auto and sport-related injuries)