Low Level Laser Therapy
Struggling with new or chronic pain?
You’ve come to the right-place!
The impact of pain
Living with both new and chronic musculoskeletal pain can be debilitating. It affects your quality of life and ability to 'live life'.
While traditional treatment methods like medication, physical therapy, or surgery may provide relief to some extent, they may not always offer long-lasting results.
This is where Low Level Laser Therapy comes in!
Low Level Laser Therapy is a non-surgical treatment option that is an effective solution for your new or chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
I am going be describing what it actually DOES. Then we will go through and WHO and WHAT it is effective for, along with who should not use Low Level Laser Therapy.
By the end of this, you will know if Low Level Laser Therapy is right for you.
What does Low Level Laser Therapy do?
Low Level Laser Therapy therapy is also known as simply, Laser. It utilizes light energy to stimulate the body's natural healing process and promote tissue regeneration. What makes laser unique from normal light, is that Laser is monochromatic (one single wave length), directional and coherent. This compared to normal light which is divergent, incoherent and often multi chromatic.
Low Level Laser Therapy has been found to have different effects on body tissue different wave lengths. There is a 'therapeutic range", typically between 600nm to 1100 nm.
The wave length determines what the Low Level Laser Therapy does to the body. The power (Wattage) determines how fast it does it. It is called "Low Level" because it delivers less than 500 mW per cm2. These are classified as either Class 1, Class 2, Class 3a or 3b Laser. Class 4 lasers produce over 500 mW per cm2.
The treatment involves the precise application of the Laser Applicator to the injured area. The Laser then penetrates into the tissues initiating a cascade of biological changes.
The way it does this is by acting at the cellular level. It works at the mitochondria, the powerhouse of our cells. This stimulates the body's natural healing response. This kickstarts a cascade of biological processes that lead to healing and tissue repair.
It makes your cells function at a higher capacity.
The fascinating thing withLow Level Laser Therapy is that it doesn’t feel like a thing! It is completely pain free.
The biological changes Low Level Laser Therapy
Who Does Low Level Laser Therapy Help?
The wonderful thing about Low Level Laser Therapy that it can be utilized for many conditions. This is because Low Level Laser Therapy acts on the bodies biology, art the cellular level. Biology, is biology. And our entire body is made up of cells!
Low Level Laser Therapy can be beneficial for you if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. It is a condition characterized by inflammation and pain in the heel and arch of the foot.
The Laser help stimulate healing and reduce pain by promoting tissue regeneration and reducing inflammation in the plantar fascia.
Joint pain occurs when inflammation develops within a joint, typically causing pain and restricted movement.
Low Level Laser Therapy can effectively reduce inflammation, and speed up healing, resulting in relieving pain and improving function.
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis):
Frozen shoulder is characterized by pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint.
Low Level Laser Therapy can help improve joint mobility and reduce pain by promoting tissue healing and reducing inflammation in the shoulder capsule.
Shin splints are also known as medial tibial stress syndrome. It refers to pain and inflammation along the shinbone (tibia), commonly experienced by runners and athletes.
Low Level Laser Therapy can help improve tissue healing and reduce the inflammation, which means your shin splits will be a thing of the past.
Hip Bursitis and Gluteal Tendonopathy
Low Level Laser Therapy can be effective in treating hip bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa (a fluid-filled sac) in the hip joint, as well as gluteal tendinopathy, which involves degeneration or inflammation of the gluteal tendons.
Basically, if you have pain on the side of your hip, Low Level Laser Therapy can help!
Low Level Laser Therapy has shown positive outcomes in the treatment of various tendinopathies, including :
- Achilles tendonopathy
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).
- Gluteal tendonopathy (hip pain)
- Patellar tendonopathy (knee pain)
- Rotator cuff tendonopathy (shoulder pain)
- Calcific tendonopathy
- Trigger finger (can occur in any finger, even the thumb!)
These are just a few of the most common examples of the musculoskeletal conditions that can be effectively treated with Low Level Laser Therapy .
If you are dealing with one of these, or another new or chronic pain problem, be sure to ask if Low Level Laser Therapy can help you!
Safety and Side Effects of Low Level Laser Therapy
Shockwave therapy is very safe. However, there are some situations where it is contraindicated.
- 1Pregnancy: Due to the limited research on the effects of shockwave therapy during pregnancy, we avoid shockwave therapy while pregnant. Lets be honest, pregnant women can’t have ALOT of medications or therapies, and shockwave is one of them.: Individuals with blood clotting disorders or those taking blood-thinning medications may be at an increased risk of bleeding or hematoma formation at the treatment site.
- 2Cancer: Cancer is a terrible disease, characterized by the uncontrolled proliferation of cells. The last thing we want to do is to give these cancerous cells more energy!
Is Low Level Laser Therapy right for you?
By now you know that Low Level Laser Therapy is a great option for treating various aches, pains and injuries throughout the body. Its safe, non-invasive and most importantly, it works (pain free)!
So, as long as you aren’t currently pregnant (or have another contraindication listed above), the real question is, why not give it a try?
The good news is that typically you start to see results rather quickly. I tell patients that if you aren’t noticing a change after 2-4 Low Level Laser Therapy sessions, it may not be for you.
In my experience, most people who I provide Low Level Laser Therapy often feel results after their first treatment.
Crying from shoulder pain
One patient came in, nearly in tears from the immense shoulder pain he had after a shovelling injury. A few hours later the pain was completely gone!
Goodbye hip pain!
One woman had constant hip pain for 5 plus years, but started getting worse. After a few sessions, her constant, debilitating hip pain had nearly completely disappeared. She was a back to the gym, out pacing men 20 years her junior!
I could go on and on with examples, but I’m sure you get the point.
When it comes to treating new or chronic musculoskeletal conditions, trying Low Level Laser Therapy is really a no-brainer!
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You deserve to live life, free from pain! Get back to doing everything you need, and want to do - pain free!