What do you picture when you think about laser therapy? Do you picture the lasers from movies like Star Wars or do you picture a mad scientist threatening to torture his or her nemesis?
Truth is laser therapy is not that dangerous or maybe not as cool as lasers in the movies, but it does provide some pretty cool results and it is painless!
How does it work?
I will try to keep this short, sweet and not too nerdy. Our cells are sensitive to light and different types of light have different effects. Laser therapy uses light to increase the energy output of our cells in damaged tissue. The fancy name for this is photobiomodulation. This allows for a decrease in inflammation/pain and an increase in healing. Click here to learn how the laser works.
Laser Therapy can be used on numerous conditions such as: sprains, rotator cuff injuries, arthritis, spasms, low back pain, neck pain, plantar fasciitis and many more. A 2009 study published in the Lancet found that laser therapy significantly reduced pain for acute injuries in short term and improvement continued into long term relief for participants (Chow, et. al 2009).
With the opioid crisis in our country it is vital that practitioners find ways to provide their patients with drug and pain free options to treat injuries. Laser therapy is a great way to do this along with chiropractic, dry needling and massage therapies. If you have questions about how or if laser therapy is right for you contact your licensed health care professional.
Jeric Toney, D.C.
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