What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy, or ‘photobiomodulation’, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects.These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. It is now being used extensively in Canada and the U.S.
At the Healing Arts Centre we use a modern Laser Therapy machine manufactured by K-Laser USA.
The Advantages of Laser Therapy
- Unlike pharmaceutical options, Laser Therapy is Non-toxic
- Easily applied & non-traumatic – unlike surgical procedures it is non-invasive
- Highly effective
- Cure rate greater than 95%
- No known negative side effects
During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
During Laser Therapy, the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
What can Laser Therapy treat?
Conditions which have shown promising results are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Chondromalacia Patellae
- Plantar Fascitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Shoulder Back and Knee Pain
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
- Post-Traumatic Injury
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Venous Ulcers
- Diabetic Food Ulcers
- Deep Edema / Congestion
- Sports Injuries
- Auto and Work Related Injuries
Physiological Effects of Laser Therapy:
Light at different wavelengths will initiate specific chemical reactions which, once begun, may be ongoing, without and additional light.
The effects of laser therapy are primarily non-thermal. Whereas heat lamps, for example, generate hundreds of watts of heat, a therapeutic laser had a maximum output power of 1/2 watt. Nonetheless, localized heating occurs near portions of atoms and molecules absorbing photons, and the thermal micro currents created may have significant effects.
Laser therapy induces an electromagnetic field which polarizes and orients molecular dipoles according to their charge, causing electrical micro currents similar to those occurring naturally in our bodies.
Bioenergetic / Biological Induction
Visible, red and infrared energy absorbed by cells stimulates further photon emission, recruiting more cells and amplifying the original stimulus
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