Laser Therapy Decreases Inflammation by improving venous and lymphatic flow. Infrared light stimulates receptors on blood vessel walls producing increased permeability which results in less edema. Laser Therapy Dilates Blood Vessels which leads to increased blood flow and oxygenation. Levels of Nitric Oxide, a known vasodilator, are increased, and improved blood flow and oxygenation increases cellular activity, including cellular repair.
Laser Therapy Increases Stem Cells. Studies show measurable increases in CD34 immune cells which are associated with tissue repair and function.
Laser Therapy stimulates the repair of nerve cells. Infrared laser therapy stimulates cells to maintain function and heal.
Laser Therapy can promote Wound Healing. With improved energy parameters, blood flow, stem cells and decreased inflammation, conditions are improved for tissue to heal.
Laser Therapy can decrease pain significantly. Laser therapy can have a direct beneficial effect on nerve cells. In addition, the improvement in cellular function due to increases in ATP, better blood flow and oxygenation, decreased inflammation, stem cell production and wound healing sets the stage for a reduction in pain.
Laser therapy Increases Cellular Respiration that promotes healing.
Laser stimulates the mitochondria of cells, which causes them to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP). By stimulating the Cytochrome-c-oxidase enzyme, the terminal enzyme in the mitochondrial electron transport chain, laser causes cells to catalyze the reduction of oxygen for energy metabolism. The increased energy promotes improved cellular function and repair. The laser works by supplying photons to cells at or near the point of damage and the cells convert the light to energy, assisting in cellular repair.
What are Therapeutic Laser Treatments?
Basically laser therapy involves the use of a high quality laser of a specific wavelength of infrared light directed at tissue in order to promote cellular and tissue healing with resultant reductions in pain. The laser is a non invasive, non burning, therapeutic device.
What conditions can be treated?
Laser therapy is used to treat a wide variety of painful conditions. We treat cervical, thoracic and lumbar pain, hip and knee pain, shoulder, arm and leg pain, headache and facial pain, foot and ankle pain, wrist and hand pain.
How long do individual treatments take?
Most treatments are between 10 to 20 minutes in duration.
How many treatments are needed?
This varies from patient to patient and the type of pain being treated. However, the range is usually between 10 to 20 treatments over a 4 to 6 week period. Typically patients will have between 2 to 4 treatments a week.
When will I start to feel relief?
Most chronic pain conditions require time and multiple treatments in order to experience extended pain relief. While, it is not unusual to start noticing change within the first few treatments, laser therapy does require patience and persistence.
How long does the pain relief last?
Once tissue responds and the pain cycle is broken patients can have months and even years worth of relief. Touch up treatments can be done if needed.
Does it hurt?
No. Treatments are non-invasive, and while you may feel warmth, it is typically soothing and actually feels good.
Who administers the treatments?
We use trained technicians familiar with laser therapy protocols and laser device function.
What kind of outcomes can one expect?
Most patients (80 to 90%) will see reductions in pain of 70 to 100 percent. This is favorable when compared to standard medical treatments (Medications, Physical therapy, Injections, Surgery, etc) where 30 to 50% temporary relief is typcial. As with any pain condition there are those that see no benefit (10 to 20%). They may require extended treatments and/or other therapeutic modalities.
What’s the downside of Laser Therapy?
It takes time, patience and persistence in order to achieve consistent results. While the treatments only take 10 to 20 minutes, it does require coming to the office 2 to 4 times per week often for 4 to 6 weeks.