Lasers have long played a fascinating role in our culture. Persistently hovering somewhere between cutting edge technology and science fiction, they are an enigma to many. Cats, of course, love them. Yet in our minds, they have always represented something more. Something better than the “current standard.” Efficiency and precision. And in alternative medicine circles, lasers are helping to eliminate pain.
Deep tissue laser therapy has evolved from early strides toward using lasers (Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation) in medicine. Lower power lasers were in medical use as early as 1967.
Nowadays, clinicians use a Class IV laser for deep tissue therapy. This allows for deeper tissue penetration. This stride in medical laser technology yields faster, more consistent, and more efficient results.
The central process at work during this procedure is called photobiomodulation. The energy and light produced by a laser stimulate healing on the cellular level, which ultimately reduces pain and inflammation. The healing occurs when, through photobiomodulation, there is an increase in blood flow to the tissue which metabolizes the cells.
Many patients have reported a decrease in pain after the first visit, though of course, this will vary depending on acuity. Deep tissue laser therapy helps with chronic pain, but it may take a few visits.
Deep tissue laser therapy helps with a wide variety of conditions, including plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, sciatica, and carpal tunnel. See a more extensive list here.
Besides a widespread report in decreased pain, deep tissue laser therapy is a highly convenient procedure. Whereas painkillers work over an extended period of time and could possibly become addictive, this procedure is non-invasive. Laser therapy, like Allied Health Care’s other services, accomplish a lot in a little time.
During the procedure, a patient either feels nothing or, at most, a gentle, soothing, warm sensation. It takes all of 4-10 minutes per session, saving valuable time for both the patient and the clinician.
The lasers Allied Health Care uses have a wide range of wattage. This allows Dr. Nelson to precisely gauge the level of intensity according to the need of the patient.
If you are experiencing chronic or acute pain, deep tissue laser therapy could very well be the answer you’re looking for. It is a quick, efficient, non-invasive alternative to taking painkillers or another medication. And it is scientifically proven to be highly effective.