Laser therapy is a special treatment that uses light to accelerate the healing process by interacting with the tissues of the body. There are several clinical conditions that can benefit from this therapy.
Some patients ask if there is any radiation used in the treatment. While laser therapy does utilize some amount of radiation, it’s important to realize that all electronics emit radiation and that cold laser therapy poses no more threat to your health than your television. The therapy uses radiation intensities that create a minimal increase in temperature in the area. Typically, the temperature rises no more than .1 to .5 degrees Celsius. Sometimes, there is no rise in temperature at all.
The best part about laser therapy is that it has been promoted as an effective treatment to reduce pain.
During a treatment, handheld lasers are used by the chiropractor, aiming the laser light over the injured area from anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes. The length of time your treatment will take depends on the dose being received as well as the size of the area being treated.
There are several conditions that can be treated with the use of laser therapy. Some of them include:
- Chronic pain
- Acute pain
- Ligament sprains
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Muscle strain
- Back pain
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Wound healing
Overall, laser therapy can be used to help most conditions and encourages the body to heal.