Laser Therapy in Chiropractic Care
Laser therapy may sound like science fiction, but it’s a reality that has worked for many people. Low level lasers don’t make any incisions into the skin. Instead they transfer energy that stimulates your body’s own natural healing ability.
In the last ten years, there have been significant advances in laser therapy. Initially, it could only promote superficial healing, and treatments would take as long as an hour. But new lasers can penetrate much deeper into skin, allowing underlying tissues to share the healing benefit. Today, lasers used in chiropractic care can promote healing of muscle and joint injuries. It also takes a lot less time. An effective treatment can take as little as 5 minutes.
What benefits does laser therapy impart?
Laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation, reducing swelling and the formation of scar tissue. Here’s how:
- Blood circulation to the injured tissue is improved, allowing your body to supply the area with more oxygen and nutrition and clearing away waste products that could impede healing.
- Collagen production is promoted. Collagen repairs injured tissues, limiting scarring.
- RNA and DNA synthesis is promoted, helping our bodies to produce new cells to replace those that have been damaged.
- ATP provides our cells with energy to perform their functions more efficiently. Laser therapy increases ATP giving our cells more energy to devote to the healing process. The result is faster recovery.
- Swelling or Oedema is part of our natural response to an injury. Our lymphatic system has to drain this fluid away. Laser therapy facilitates the flow of lymph, allowing our lymphatic system to drain away the fluids and reducing swelling more quickly.
- While laser therapy stimulates the processes we need in order to heal, it also slows the nerve impulses that convey pain sensations. Simply put, you experience less pain after treatment.
Laser therapy is 100% safe
Apart from being completely safe, laser treatment is completely painless. People may even find themselves wondering if anything is happening at all, but research shows that although we can’t feel it happening, our tissues are responding to the energy boost in a number of ways.
Can laser therapy help me?
The best way to find out whether laser therapy can help you is to come for a consultation. However, we generally recommend laser therapy for:
- Golf elbow and tennis elbow – and no, you don’t have to play either sport to get these painful complaints!
- Runners knee – and again, it’s not only runners that get it.
- Achilles tendonitis – a condition not reserved for mythological figures.
- Heel spur pain
- Painful strains, sprains and muscle injuries.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – we’ll also advise you how to avoid a repeat of this repetitive stress injury.
- Lower back and neck pains.
- Sciatica and certain other spinal problems.
- Arthritis joint pain.
- Post-operative healing.
How many treatments will I need?
That depends on the severity of your injury. Some patients feel the difference after only three treatments; others have to wait longer. Although this might seem like a long time to wait to get relief, Health Canada recognizes laser therapies as an effective treatment that helps to speed natural healing. If you want to recover faster from an injury, this treatment could really make the difference you’re looking for.