Laser Therapy (LILT) page
Much of the safety and effectiveness of cold laser therapy lies in its ability to trigger the body to heal itself. Penetrating into targeted tissue, laser light stimulates mitochondria in target cells to produce additional ATP, which fuels cell repair and regeneration. The laser simply jumpstarts the healing process and since the laser used operates within a specific wavelength range that is non thermal (the "therapeutic window"), there is no risk of tissue damage or other complications.
A wide variety of studies on the safety and effectiveness of cold laser therapy have been conducted by medical professionals from across the globe.
What Is Cold Laser Therapy?
LASER is an acronym meaning Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The laser is a painless stream of monochromatic light which is used to treat musculoskeletal injuries as well as chronic and degenerative conditions. It works at the cellular level, allowing cells to produce more energy, in turn promoting healing. As light energy is transformed into biochemical energy in the body, the blood supply to damaged cells is increased and the healing process is stimulated. This is accompanied by relief of symptoms.
This process is curative, with no known negative effects, and normally functioning cells are not adversely affected by this process.
Who Should Consider Having Laser Therapy?
If you suffer from any of the following acute or chronic conditions listed below, laser therapy may be the solution for you.
● any form of muscular injury
● joint pain (i.e. low back pain, TMJ dysfunction)
● ligament or tendon tears
● arthritis (rheumatoid and osteo)
● repetitive stress injury (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome)
● inflammation of tendons, bursae, muscle, or fascia (i.e. plantar fasciitis)
● calcification’s (i.e. bone spurs)
● post surgical scarring (orthopedic, cosmetic)
● scar reduction
The number of treatment sessions will vary depending on your condition, however the results of laser therapy treatment are cumulative, and 5-12 treatments are typically required.
Manual therapy is recommended as a complementary therapy to laser therapy, as it can speed the healing process by breaking down adhesion’s, increasing muscle mobility and increasing arterial and lymphatic circulation. ART and Graston Technique are the most effective manual therapy methods used in conjunction with laser therapy.