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What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a non-invasive medical protocol that utilizes red and near-infrared light wavelengths to areas of the body in an effort to improve healing processes. This therapy option has been shown to improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and streamline the body’s tissue repair processes.

According to recent medical studies, laser therapy has produced positive results when used to treat the following conditions:

  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Heel Spurs
  • Burns
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendinopathies
  • Stress Injuries
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Diabetic Neuropathy

This treatment modality has proven most useful in relieving pain and enhancing effective healing in patients who struggle with the above conditions. In addition to reducing pain, laser therapy also increases a patient’s range of motion through its ability to decrease inflammation and stiffness.

Laser Therapy’s Health Benefits

Laser therapy stimulates natural tissue regeneration and cellular growth. Applying this non-surgical treatment type to manage chronic and acute pain can and often does generate positive changes in the patient’s overall condition.

Therapeutic Benefits

The application of laser technology painlessly promotes healthy blood circulation by targeting specific areas of the body and providing tissues with an excess of oxygen and nutrients needed to facilitate healing.

Laser therapy also creates an optimal environment for patient recovery, enabling them to heal and regain their quality of life without inflammation, swelling, stiffness, or pain.  

Cellular Benefits

When infrared lasers penetrate the skin and tissues, they work at a cellular level to increase metabolic activity, which stimulates cells so that they transport healthy cells across the cell membrane more efficiently. By increasing the supply of healthy cells available, patients are able to heal faster and more effectively so that pain and inflammation decrease rapidly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often can I get laser therapy? 

A: It depends on the condition and the individual patient. Some individuals can be treated daily, while others only need treatment once a week or even every other week.

Q: How many treatments until I see results? 

A: Some results may be noticeable after 4-6 treatments. In other situations, it may take 6-12 treatments to notice changes.

Q: How long does it take for improvement? 

A: Some patients experience pain reduction after their first treatment, while others need a number of treatments before the relief starts taking place.

Q: Can laser therapy accompany other therapies? 

A: Yes, laser therapy can be used alongside other therapies, especially other non-invasive therapies like chiropractic care and physical therapy.

Q: Do the sessions hurt? 

A: No, laser therapy sessions don’t hurt, but they may increase sensitivity in the target area for a day or two after laser therapy has been administered.

Q: Are there any side effects or risks associated with laser therapy? 

A: Very few side effects have been reported as a result of laser therapy. Of those noted, sensitivity in the treatment area is the most common.

Q: How long does a laser therapy session take? 

A: Laser therapy treatments take about 4-8 minutes on average, depending on the size of the treatment area.

Q: Is the effectiveness of laser therapy supported by science? 

A: Yes, thousands of published medical studies have examined laser therapy and the effectiveness of its use.

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