Laser therapy is an advanced form of treatment which increases energey production in cells, decreases inflammation and greatly speeds up the recovery from acute injuries.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive form of light therapy which is aimed at reducing inflammation and healing low level damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues. It involves no discomfort of any sort - all you feel is a very mild degree of heat - much like a wheatbag might feel. Treatment usually only takes several minutes and results are felt from 1-4 treatments.
Depending on how extensive the inflammation or damage to your tissues - the results may be quicker or slower. It is most effective to have this form of treatment soon after an injury takes place, or after you notice pain. Examples of common problems it can treat are tennis elbow, wrist tendon pain, Achilles problems, bursitis, tendonitis, rotator cuff problems, hamstring problems, mild joint inflammation and a variety of muscle strains, sprains or tears.
All of our cells and the little organs within the cells have a skin made of little molecules. One side of these molecules is positively charged and one side negatively charged. When the cell or its organs are damaged these molecules are in disarray. Laser light is special because it carries a charge and is able to order these molecules in the correct fashion. This allows the cells to perform the functions with which the cells were struggling before and this allows for healing to take place so long as the source of damage has gone away.
For example if we treat an Achilles tendon which has micro-tears in it - the tears will heal. But if you continue to go running, this will place additional strain on the Achilles and the micro-tears will continue. Depending on which tissues we are trying to heal some will heal faster, others slower. An Achilles will take longer than a forearm muscle which is part of a tennis elbow problem.
Similar to how we have organs which perform specific functions, our cells have organelles. Each one has a very important role within the cell without which the health of the cell either gradually or rapidly deteriorates. One of the most vital organelles is the mitochondria which generates energy for the cell. When the mitochondria begin to fail, the cell is left with insufficient energy. The laser light works to help the mitochondria regenerate and thereby simply provides cells with the energy to complete any processes which it is struggling with. It would be the same as if you were given free electricity for a year - just imagine what you could do with it.
When a cell is sick or injured its energy requirements usually increase, so poor mitochondrial activity can be very detrimental to healing of any given tissues.
Inflammation is a very complex process which involves lots of different steps and lots of different chemicals. In order to have a significant effect on inflammation most of these steps have to be reverted. Also there are different types of inflammation depending on which tissues are inflamed and which reactions the body is trying to create. Inflammation is a very useful process, but it can become a problem when it is out of control or loses scope of what initial goal the body had. It is also a function of the immune system hence anything which upsets the immune system will also complicate the inflammatory processes.
Laser therapy will directly remove some of these inflammatory mediators present in the tissue we are treating. There will be delayed positive changes too because these mediators will stop signalling other mediators and the entire process will begin to settle. The quickest results are when there is little tissue damage present and when the inflammation is acute meaning that it hasn’t been present for very long and there are no other processes complicating it.
Laser therapy in medicine has been around for about 50 years or so. The types of lasers we have vary greatly according to the effect we are looking to achieve. Lasers which stimulate your tissue to heal - biostimulative lasers - are the ones which help you heal faster from acute musculo-skeletal conditions. There are also different strengths and types of lasers. These two factors dictate how quickly we can deliver the necessary energy to heal you and how much of that energy your tissue will actually absorb and therefore how much of a positive effect it will have. Our equipment is top of the line which has the capacity to provide lots of energy which will also be absorbed by our tissues exceptionally well.
Our laser comes from the American company LightCure. They have been manufacturing top quality medical lasers for over 10 years and are FDA approved. What makes this laser unique is that it emits two types of light which provide the ultimate combination of energy in order to reach deeper tissues. We also have specialised settings depending on your skin tone to help us increase penetration into your muscles and joints without the energy all being lost at the skin level. This also makes treatments safer for you without any risk of damaging your skin.
The power of our equipment also provides 10-15 times more energy than conventional medical lasers allowing us to give your tissues more efficient stimulation. Because our laser allows more energy delivery to your tissues - it allows us to cover much larger areas in just one treatment. This will result in quicker response times and faster healing for you. With weaker lasers it may be necessary to have several treatments per week in order to achieve a result meaning a higher cost for you. With deep tissue lasers treatments are needed once a week, rarely - for bad injuries 2 treatments a week for the first few weeks may be needed. Due to our ability to reach your deeper tissues, in many cases we are able to avoid having to send you for cortisone injections - for example with shoulder injuries.
Depending on what sort of problem you come to see us for, our deep tissue laser has a variety of different attachments in order to either widen or narrow the area which we are treating or to allow us to have more impact on a particular spot. The most popular attachment is one with a large glass ball. It allows us to compress your muscles slightly. It feels like a pleasant massage, but more importantly it helps the laser reach deeper tissues which we couldn't get to otherwise. We also have a smaller attachment with a glass ball for areas such as the jaw muscles, fingers etc.
If your muscles are too sore for us to compress or are bruised / inflamed, we have an attachment that can just hover over your skin until we reduce the sensitivity in the area so that at a later stage we can try to go deeper.
For trigger points and acupuncture point stimulation there is a very narrow tip which allows us to influence just the small site within a muscle we want to affect while not impacting the surrounding tissue.
There is an option for all varieties of problems and with our ability to reach everything from muscles to joints, ligaments to tendons and nerves, there isn't much that we cannot help with.
As important as our equipment is for the high quality of treatments we provide, the training our staff have all received is just as vital. We have all been thoroughly trained by the American Institute for Medical Laser Applications on the use of high power deep tissue lasers, both for the effectiveness of our treatments and for the safety of our patients. LiteCure has also provided us with training specific to their equipment and how to best make use of it in order to help you get better faster!.