What is it? Is it for you?
What is laser therapy? L.A.S.E.R. (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is a name for a type of intense radiation of the light spectrum. A laser is a beam of light in which high energies can be concentrated. Laser light has unique physical properties, which other types of light do not have. These are coherence and monochromaticity. These are what makes laser light is so effective compared to other kinds of light in the field of pain reduction and healing. Laser therapy (also known as phototherapy and cold laser therapy) involves the application of low power coherent light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing and reduce pain. It is used to increase the speed, quality and strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation and give pain relief. Laser therapy has been found to offer superior healing and pain relieving effects compared to other electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, especially in dealing with chronic problems and in the early stages of acute injuries. Laser therapy is a complete system of treating muscle, tendon, ligament, connective tissue, bone, nerve, and dermal tissues in a non-invasive, drug-free modality. Our office uses the Multi Radiance MR-4 device ensuring your safety. Devices have regulatory approvals and are available in over 30 countries of the world with ongoing expansion worldwide.
- Used in 3,000 hospitals
in 10,000 private practices
In 30 countries
- Used by Professional athletes
- Supported by 4,000 clinical studies
We have been safely and effectively using FDA approved laser for 15 years. How does it work? The effects of laser therapy are photochemical. Photons enter the tissue and are absorbed in the cell’s mitochondria and at the cell membrane by chromophores. These chromophores are photosensitizers that generate reactive oxygen species following irradiation thereby influencing cellular redox states and the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Within the mitochondria, the photonic energy is converted to electromagnetic energy in the form of molecular bonds in ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). In order to interact with the living cell, laser light has to be absorbed by intracellular chromophores. Cell membrane permeability increases, which causes physiological changes to occur. These physiological changes affect macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mast cells, bradykinin and nerve conduction rates. Is laser therapy safe? Yes. Laser therapy is a drug-free, non invasive therapy with superior healing ability. However, since lasers produce a high intensity light, one should never shine the laser directly into the eye. Further it is recommended that the laser device not be used directly on any neoplasmic tissue. Pregnant women should refrain from laser therapy applied directly to the abdomen. Also people with pacemakers should not use laser therapy near the heart.
If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for cold laser contact our office for a free consultation. 336-993-9690