Lately, there’s been a lot of media buzz about laser therapy. From the MLB, to the NBA and other sports organizations, athletes have been experiencing the power of laser therapy’s healing effects for pain, injury, and inflammation.
Not just for athletes, anyone in pain can benefit from laser therapy and here are 5 things you should know:
1. It reduces pain and inflammation without side effects
Laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation in which photons enter the tissue and interact within the mitochondria. This leads to an increase in cellular metabolism and a decrease in both pain and inflammation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirable side effects.
While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the condition, many people experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments.
2. Can be used for acute and chronic conditions
In the case of acute injury, laser therapy helps restore the body to normal function quicker, so it is particularly effective when used as soon as possible after the injury. With chronic conditions, laser therapy is used to reduce inflammation, thereby reducing pain.
3. Treatments can be customized for each situation
Lasers have adjustable power ranges which offers versatility of treatment options. Having several delivery options ensures that the delivery method is appropriately matched to the situation. For instance, there is an off-contact treatment method when treating over bony areas.
When treating deep-tissue structures, such as a hamstring, an on-contact massage ball attachment is best to reduce reflection and scattering, and also encourage deeper penetration by displacing excess fluids.
Different sized treatment heads on the laser itself can also be advantageous for administering treatments that require varying levels of precision.
4. Treatments Feel Good
A laser treatment can create little to no sensation or it can create a gentle, soothing warmth.
Many people report enjoying the actual experience, especially when accompanied by a rapid decrease in pain. For someone suffering from chronic pain, this effect can be particularly pronounced.
5. Treatments Are Fast
Treatments are quick, usually 5-10 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.
High-power lasers are able to deliver a lot of energy in a small amount of time, so therapeutic dosages are achieved quickly, a must for those of us with busy lifestyles.
If you’re interested in receiving the most advanced pain relief technology, call Matanzas Chiropractic @ (904)679-1963.