Chronic & Acute Pain
Many of us have suffered injuries requiring surgery, only to be left with residual pain after the damage has been “repaired.” The usual treatments for pain are over-the-counter painkillers (i.e. ibuprofen, Tylenol), NSAIDS (i.e. anti-inflammatory), prescription narcotics and corticosteroids. These medications only treat the symptoms and not the source, often producing unwanted side effects.
Low Level Laser Therapy heals at the cellular level without harmful side effects. It uses red and infrared light from low intensity laser diodes. The tissue in the affected area absorbs the light and allows the injured cells to begin healing. The light source is placed in direct contact with the skin allowing the photon energy or “healing light” to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with molecules inside the cell. This results in decreased inflammation, normal cell function, and enhancement of the body’s healing process. Other effects of Low Level Laser Therapy include the release of endorphins (your body’s own painkillers), an increase in the immune response, and an improvement in lymphatic drainage. Together these processes allow the cells to heal. This type of therapy has been very effective in eliminating or reducing acute and chronic pain issues. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other traditional treatments (physical therapy, massage therapy, surgery, etc.).
Low Level Laser Therapy operates at intensities too low to damage living tissue, unlike high intensity medical lasers used to thermally cut and coagulate tissue. Low Level Laser Therapy does produce radiation, as photon energy, in the visible and near infra-red regions of the electromagnetic light spectrum.
Other conditions that the Laser treats are soft tissue injuries, arthritis (limited to a few joints), tendonitis, fasciitis, post chiropractic manipulation to restore normal tissue, rotator cuff tears, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back pain due to disc herniation, severe pre-gangrenous tissue pain due to poor circulation, shingles neuropathy and many more conditions that are associated with pain and not fully helped by conventional techniques.