Laser & Infrared Therapy for Pain
Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Laser therapy is one of the best ways to treat pain. Many patients turn to this treatment option as an alternative to medication and surgery. In this article, we look at laser therapy and its therapeutic effect, while answering some frequently asked questions about laser therapy.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser and infrared therapy, also known as "photobiomodulation," is the therapeutic use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared). These benefits include faster healing, reduced pain, increased circulation, and less swelling.
Laser therapy is helpful for acute and chronic injuries such as Sciatica, Tendinopathies, shoulder, back, neck, and knee pain, post-traumatic injuries, venous ulcers, sports injuries, auto, and work-related injuries, Plantar fasciitis, shoulder injuries, rotator cuff injuries, elbow injuries, wrist and hand issues, bulging discs, Carpal tunnel syndrome, foot pain, Neuropathy treatment, knee injuries, TMJ dysfunction, Herniated discs among others.
Therapeutic Effects of Laser Therapy
Laser energy increases circulation during each painless treatment, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. It also promotes healing by reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, and stiffness. Laser therapy also facilitates tissue repair and growth.
Laser Therapy FAQs
Is Laser Therapy Safe?
Yes. There are thousands of published studies that show Laser Therapy's clinical effectiveness.
Does laser therapy work on chronic pain?
Yes, it does. Over 2,500 studies have shown that laser therapy can be a highly effective approach to pain management. It has also received FDA approval for the treatment of chronic pain.
How are laser and infrared therapy treatments administered?
Treatments are administered by holding the laser handpiece on or sometimes above the skin and encircling the area of injury and pain or surgery. With full-body infrared, you will lay on a comfortable table in a bathing suit under a full-body array of LEDs.
What are the benefits of laser and infrared therapy?
Back pain, arthritis, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, and even tennis elbow can all be treated with laser therapy. In short, laser therapy can effectively treat almost any type of chronic pain.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 10 to 30 plus minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. In the main clinic, we also frequently combine laser with, joint, segmental & sometimes full-body infrared.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes! Laser therapy is frequently used in conjunction with other types of therapy, such as physical therapy, exercise therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and even after surgery as one of the only safe post-operative modalities.
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