The newest technology helping patients feel better, faster…
Health First Chiropractic is now offering laser therapy, as the perfect addition to chiropractic care. It has been shown to be an extremely useful addition and great supplement to chiropractic treatment.
What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) also called “cold laser” is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries to improve soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
It is a highly effective treatment for acute soft tissue injuries, chronic pain syndromes and has shown to be particularly helpful in stubborn, persistent, and “difficult-to-treat” conditions.
LLLT has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain.
Low Level Laser Therapy is used to:
- Increase the speed and quality and strength of tissue repair
- Provide pain relief
- Resolve inflammation
What conditions may benefit from Low Level Laser Therapy?
LLLT has been successfully used to manage many conditions such as:
- Soft tissue injuries e.g. sprains/strains
- Chronic pain syndromes e.g. RSI, frozen shoulder, chronic neck and low back pain
- Nerve pain (Neuropathic pain) e.g. from disc injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis elbow/Golfer’s elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries
- Ankle sprains
- Knee joint injuries e.g – ligament sprains
How does cold laser therapy work?
In a nutshell, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) causes tissues to heal faster.
Specifically, LLLT works at the cellular level. Human cells produce a natural chemical known as ATP, which is used to run the body and heal tissue. All of our body’s activities result from the use of ATP, it’s like fuel to a car.
LLLT stimulates a micro-structure within the cells called the mitochondria to produce slightly higher amounts of ATP (fuel for our cells). Thus with more ATP at the cellular level, tissues heal faster, and therefore relief comes quicker.
Is low level laser therapy safe?
LLLT therapy is not harmful. Low level lasers operate at very low levels of power and unlike high-power lasers have insufficient strength to heat or damage human tissue. It is also completely safe for people of all ages.
How many treatments will I need?
Research studies suggest the benefits of LLLT are accumulative – it may take several treatments for the results to become evident. Total number of treatments needed depends upon the condition being treated, the severity of the condition, and each patient’s individual response.
How does laser light differ from “natural” light?
‘Natural’ light (including sunlight, common light bulbs, LEDs) emits incoherent light, in almost all directions, over a wide spectrum of wavelengths.
Laser light is coherent (high and low points of waves are lined up). The light waves from a laser are parallel (travel in the almost the same direction) to produce a small, concentrated beam of light. Laser light is monochromatic, meaning a laser emits light at one or more specific wavelengths rather than a wide range of wavelengths.
Different wavelengths of light have different biological effects. Low-level lasers emit wavelengths of light in the visible red to near-infrared range which penetrate deep into the tissues.
Are there any side effects?
Laser therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 25 years with no reports of significant or long-term side effects. Since the therapy uses light waves and not heat, there is little concern over harmful side effects.
In fact, over 1500 published studies have shown that when used correctly, low intensity lasers are a safe, non-toxic and non-invasive therapy, free from negative side effects.